Introduction to social media in teaching & learning


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Short introduction to social media and its uses in teaching and learning. First presented to staff at Colchester Institute on 6th October 2010.

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Introduction to social media in teaching & learning

  1. 1. Introduction to social media in teaching and learning Bryony Taylor
  2. 2. Setting the scene <ul><li>What is the context we are working in? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you know? video: </li></ul>Image from:
  3. 3. In pairs discuss <ul><li>How did that video make you feel? (Be honest!) </li></ul><ul><li>How would you describe social media? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you use any social media sites? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think they can be used for teaching and learning? </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is social media? <ul><li>Think of social media as like the invention of email or the telephone – it is a tool – a very powerful one – for communicating on an individual and a mass scale </li></ul>
  5. 5. Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 <ul><li>Web 1.0 – ‘if we build it, they will come’ </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 – User generated content – everyone’s putting stuff on the internet </li></ul><ul><li>This means that organisations need to </li></ul><ul><li>‘ be everywhere’ rather than ‘being somewhere’ </li></ul><ul><li>Image from: </li></ul>
  6. 6. Social media is a tool for: <ul><li>Communicating </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborating </li></ul><ul><li>And it’s social – that means it’s about real people connecting with other real people </li></ul>Image from:
  7. 7. What about using social media for teaching and learning? <ul><li>Personal learning environments (PLEs) and VLEs: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// =r77iDP_f0NY </li></ul><ul><li>What does your PLE look like? </li></ul><ul><li>What do your students’ PLEs look like? </li></ul>Image from:
  8. 8. The big gap? Image from:
  9. 9. Keeping yourself up to date <ul><li>Simple CPD idea: ‘Non-smoking breaks’. Sharing a new tool you like over a tea break. </li></ul><ul><li>Be playful! </li></ul>Image from:
  10. 10. Some top social media tools for enhancing teaching & learning <ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Online videos </li></ul>Image from:
  11. 11. Twitter <ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Video demo: </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Video demo: http:// =JL874 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Social bookmarking <ul><li>Recommended sites: </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious - http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Diigo - http:// =0RvAkTuL02A </li></ul>Image from:
  13. 13. Blogging <ul><li>Reflective journal for you or learners </li></ul><ul><li>Class blog – here’s an example of a infant school class blog being used to keep parents informed: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended: wordpress & posterous </li></ul>
  14. 14. Podcasting <ul><li>Create audio versions of your seminars/lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Post them on the VLE for students to listen to in their own time or put them on iTunes U </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended tool: http:// / </li></ul>Image from:
  15. 15. Youtube & Mole TV <ul><li>Use videos to liven up lessons – search on YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own films and challenge students to film responses </li></ul><ul><li>Use for own professional development. I recommend: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul>Image from:
  16. 16. What next? <ul><li>Write down now: </li></ul><ul><li>1 thing you’re going to do </li></ul><ul><li>1 thing you’re going to share with a colleague/your team </li></ul><ul><li>1 thing you’re going to learn more about </li></ul>Image from:
  17. 17. Keep in touch! <ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Follow me @vahva on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>My blog: </li></ul><ul><li>My presentations: http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Join the Learning 3.0 network: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
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