Learning with Social Media
New Canaan High School
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- Statistical info on social networking: What has changed since 2010? Not enough!
- Curricular examples on slides: see conference vault
- Invisible Influence: Facebook for peer critique. This was a sophomore project that received feedback from other sophomores, seniors, and graduates at the college level. Mixbook for publication.
- Global collaboration that I consulted on that asked American students studying Arabic to complete 3 projects using 3 different technologies. At the same time, students at a sister school in Cairo did the same projects which they exchanged with our kids. Both groups swapped opinions via email and Google docs, and there were Skype conference calls where all students got to speak to each other.
- World Language: Live Mocha to converse with target language students and native speakers around the world. They also submit written passages to be corrected by random people worldwide AND they are able to help correct and comment on written passages submitted by random people around the world in English.
- ePals to hook classes up with classes around the world for projects, communication.
- Edmodo for online learning and controlled social networking
- Moodle for online learning and social networking
- Our students grades 2-12 use Google sites and docs to communicate, collaborate and peer edit/critique using inserted comments, online chat, and the comment section on Google web pages
- Our HS students use Twitter to create collaborative online newspapers generated from retweets of relevant tweets on a given topic (using a program such as paper-li)
- Our English teachers use Voicethread for shared conversations on a given topic.
- Our American studies teachers use Blogger for out of class discussion on course topics.
- Our SS teachers use Google Sites to publish their own individual online newspapers which are read by classmates who comment on articles.
- WikiaNovelas: Diaries of the South American Revolutions: invites the public to edit our novelas (historical fiction): http://fiction.wikia.com/wiki/index.php?search=diaries+of+a+latinamerican+revolutions&fulltext=Search
- Social bookmarking: diigo, zotero ( Diigo: Jr English - Ms. Brown 2012 -slide set)
- Online writing collaboration site
- The filtering issues: review of my filtering survey that was published on the Internet
Physics Teacher and Ed Tech Specialist
incoming Chief Information Officer, Bridgeport, CT Public Schools
Social Media in Education
Social Media, while sometimes described as a time waster and blocked by some schools, is actually a great tool for education. Educators can use social media as part of their Personal Learning Network, to share resources, learn, discuss, connect, and more with other educators around the world. They can also use it to connect and communicate with students and parents, have students connect with each other and share, and so much more. Like any other technology, it's how the tool is used that is important.
Schools and educators should use social media for learning, sharing and communicating. More and more students, faculty, and parents are using social media in their own lives. Why not engage them with social media for school topics.
Why should educators and schools use social media? “Because that’s where people are and where we need to be to reach them. They are on Facebook, Twitter and a multitude of other vehicles”. http://smartblogs.com/education/2012/10/16/social-media-blog/
Some of the popular tools being used: Edmodo, Schoology, Facebook, Twitter, Twiducate, Google+, My Big Campus.
Choose the tool based on your needs: open vs. closed system (private), type of communication, posting of resources or just announcements.
- Twitter - great for quick notes and info. Limited to 140 characters. Open. Great for Educators for PLN and PD. Hashtags and conversations on every education topic.
- Facebook - useful, many people on it, but too much distraction. Open
- Edmodo and Schoology - closed, private, easy to use, similar to FB, discussions, messages, calendars, upload resources.
- Google+ - can be private with Circles. Hangouts (video conference), resources in Google Drive.
Examples of Social Media being used in Education
- class announcements - homework reminders, due dates, upcoming tests and events
- students can receive notifications via apps or email
- improved communication between parents, faculty and students
- events, schedules, changes, important information
- extra help - peer-to-peer and teacher led
- discussion forums for help sessions
- Google+ hangouts for video sessions, with Google Docs integrated
- Students hold virtual peer-peer help sessions
- Teachers can run help sessions.
- virtual/online classes, extend school day
- hold class even when school isn’t open (snow days, etc)
- online discussions about a topic in class, news article, book
- extend discussion time outside of class
- encourage participation by shy students
- English classes continuing a class discussion after hours about book they read
- assignment - read the article that is linked and then comment on it
- project collaboration - student teams collaborate on long term projects via social media and Google Docs.
- Post materials and resources for student access
- absentee students can access class materials and even join in class discussions
- project discussion board on screen and let class interact with absentee student
- upload course materials (presentations, study guides, etc) and links to resources
- Communicate and Collaborate with other schools on projects
- schools in same area, and across the globe
- Experts come and visit your class via social media (video conferencing)
School and District wide
- communicate with parents about upcoming events, schedule issues, student issues,
- engage with parents and community and gather their help with school
- communicate good news to parents and community
- communicate with students about school events
- IT and Tech support - live help desk, video conferencing and help, and more
- don’t be an island (only physics teacher) - collaborate and get help from other educators
- connect with other educators
- get ideas, resources, and more
- some of the best PD there is
More Resources on Social Media in Education
Resources, ideas, and tips from the Audience