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  • 1. Using Social Media to Lead Learners to their A-Ha! Moment Using Social Media to Lead Learners to Their "A-HA" Moment Elizabeth Raichle Wolfe, CPLP Hudson Twitter in the Classroom: Watch This Teacher Engage Shy Students in Learning History http://www.good.is/post/twitter-in-the-classroom-watch-this-teacher-engage-shy-students-in-learning- history/Elizabeth Raichle Wolfe, CPLP 1
  • 2. Using Social Media to Lead Learners to their A-Ha! Moment 2 •Define debrief and recognize its importance in the virtual learning space •Discuss the three basic types of questions that help connect, reinforce, and apply knowledge (RAC model) •Recognize and appreciate the need to tailor questions for the virtual learning space •Explore common social—and corporate!—media tools you can use to help lead learners to their ‘a- ha! moment •Given your available social media tools, apply today’s learning to create debrief questions you can use to help lead learners to their ‘a-ha!’ moment.Elizabeth Raichle Wolfe, CPLP 2
  • 3. Using Social Media to Lead Learners to their A-Ha! Moment We all know asking questions throughout learning and conducting debriefs after learning events are critical to ensuring knowledge transfer. When you provide learners the opportunity to reflect upon their experience through guided questioning, you begin to create meaning and value in the educational transaction. This transforms the learner; they begin to discover how their newly acquired knowledge affects them, molds them, empowers them. Questioning – the simple practice of guided reflection – leads learners to have the a-ha! moment. Questioning then, quite simply, is a very powerful instructional tool. So what gives these new social media tools the capability to allow people to learn and transform? Mason and Renniet (2008) wrote that there were four major benefits of learner generated content that these tools provide: ◦The learners have the tools to actively participate in the construction of their experience, rather than passively absorbing content. ◦The content can be continually refreshed by the learners rather than requiring expert input. ◦Many of the tools are collaborative in nature, thus the learners develop team skills. ◦Shared community space and inter-group communications are a large part of what excites young people [and many people of other ages]; therefore it should help to motivate them to learn. http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/media/social_learning.htmlElizabeth Raichle Wolfe, CPLP 3
  • 4. Using Social Media to Lead Learners to their A-Ha! Moment How’s it done? Use the RAC model: REPORTING asks for reactions, insights, feelings or observations APPLICATION asks for how skill / knowledge might be used, expected benefits or challenges CRITIQUE asks what people did well / not so well; what changes should they make to do better There are three simple ways you can construct a question: Reporting, Application and Critique. What you must keep in mind though is that you should construct these questions in line with the overall learning objectives. After all, you want to ensure your learners are getting what youre delivering.Elizabeth Raichle Wolfe, CPLP 4
  • 5. Using Social Media to Lead Learners to their A-Ha! Moment Short and tweet! Embrace the ‘Twitter Mentality”! Make your questions clear, deliberate, and succinct. Bounce off key words to extend the questions – give them leads to find the information.Elizabeth Raichle Wolfe, CPLP 5
  • 6. Using Social Media to Lead Learners to their A-Ha! Moment One good thing Ben Stein did is that he consistently asked questions. Often we tend to fall into the trap of waiting either until the end of the lesson to ask questions or when a student seems completely lost. Dont wait until the end of a lesson or course to check of your learners are getting it; in actuality, questioning can be used throughout the course – even to introduce a concept! Lets examine the different ways we can incorporate questioning into our sessions: beginning (engage learners, measure current knowledge), middle (check for understanding), and end (promote application and independent thinking).Elizabeth Raichle Wolfe, CPLP 6
  • 7. Using Social Media to Lead Learners to their A-Ha! Moment Turning Ideas Into Action Think about the questions you currently ask. Now pick one. Complete one of the following: •Change your question using the twitter mentality •If you already do this, then change your question to fit another point within your learning experience (i.e., ask at end? Then how would you ask the same in the beginning?)Elizabeth Raichle Wolfe, CPLP 7
  • 8. Using Social Media to Lead Learners to their A-Ha! Moment What are the tools to use: Externally – Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Blogs Internally – SharePoint, Lotus Databases, internal blogging How does corporate culture affect this? >> you can have all the tools, but if it’s not the culture, then the point is moot. •LinkedIn – Professional •Twitter – social, quick, easy (Yammer is the alternative for corps) •Facebook – usable, but carries ‘social stigma’ •Blogging – internal/externalElizabeth Raichle Wolfe, CPLP 8
  • 9. Using Social Media to Lead Learners to their A-Ha! Moment So what’s the big idea here? Find out what’s available to you, learn it inside and out, and exploit it according to your learning needs. Common tools available within a corporation include: • Web conferencing and live presentation (MS Live Meeting, WebEx, Adobe Connect, Skype) • Internal Social Media (Yammer, MS Communicator, SharePoint, Lotus Notes) • External Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube)Elizabeth Raichle Wolfe, CPLP 9
  • 10. Using Social Media to Lead Learners to their A-Ha! Moment Turning Ideas Into Action Split up the group: 1. Web conferencing and live presentation (MS Live Meeting, WebEx, Adobe Connect, Skype) 2. Internal Social Media (Yammer, MS Communicator, SharePoint, Lotus Notes) 3. External Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) Take your question and talk about how you would use the tools available to you to present in your learning activity.Elizabeth Raichle Wolfe, CPLP 10
  • 11. Using Social Media to Lead Learners to their A-Ha! Moment The more debriefing is integrated into your companys everyday activities, the more useful a tool it becomes. _Jimmy Guterman President of The Vineyard Group and Harvard Management contributor Twitter in the Classroom: Watch This Teacher Engage Shy Students in Learning History http://www.good.is/post/twitter-in-the-classroom-watch-this-teacher-engage-shy-students-in-learning- history/Elizabeth Raichle Wolfe, CPLP 11