What is “social media” ?• The part of the Internet where the content is generated by users of the service.• Its not about tools - its about conversations.
Is using social media in education a terrible idea? www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/6924209488• Time• Authority ("quality")• Just not needed - traditional tools have proved their worth?
What do students want?• Guidance and leadership through the maze• Compete with professional media (Facebook, games, television)• Value for money
What do we give them?• By and large, we give them what we experienced in education.• Where technology makes it easy for us to increase the pressure on them, we do so (email, online assessment).
What do we want?• Engaged, self-motivated, lifelong learners• And ... ?
So how do we get there?• Invest time & effort in not just doing it but in understanding how new media work.• Manage expectations - in particular that education is active not passive.• Give them clear targets and something to aim for.