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Social media for educators



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  • 1. Social Media for Educators By Dianne Ross [email_address]
  • 2. What is Social Media?
    • Twitter
    • Wikispaces
    • Delicious
    • Facebook
    • Classroom 2.0
    • Flickr
    • Skype
    • Ning
    • YouTube
    • Evite
    • Tripadvisor
    • LinkedIn
    • Bebo
    • Animoto
    • iGoogle
    • Googlebuzz
    “ Social media are media for social interaction , using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques. Social media uses web-based technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogues.” Examples:
  • 3. Microblogging
    • Personal favorites are Facebook and Twitter
    • Contains brief updates
    • Start a group or fan page on FB page related to your area of teaching!/home.php?sk=group_179491645401600
    • Follow me on Twitter!/DRossPA
    • FB allows you to stay connected with friends and family
    • Twitter allows you to link to people with similar interests and share ideas
    • Twitter – only have 140 characters; Use to shrink your links
  • 4. Social Bookmarking
    • Delicious is truly yummy!
    • A website to post all your bookmarks – easy access
    • Can check out what other people bookmark – see hotlist
    • Share your websites with others
    • Tagging allows you to organize your bookmarks
  • 5. Build Your Personal Learning Network
    • Using web tools allows for opportunities for growth
    • Able to connect to other teachers who also teach low incidence populations of students
    • Okay, I’ve connected to various social media websites…now I need to collaborate and create
    • Would love to Skype using sign language with other teachers of the deaf…anyone game?
    • Learner driven – yes, it’s all about me
    • My goal is to create a Wikipage this summer with various links to educational resources for parents of my students
  • 6. Successes 
    • Feeling more confident in understanding and using various microblogging websites
    • Really enjoy Twitter for educational info and news
    • Excited to share with colleagues…let’s share our resources
    • Successful Skype session with a former student – great way to visually communicate
    • Excited to connect with Classroom 2.0 group “Educational Technology in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Classroom
  • 7. Challenges
    • Finding blogs that pertain to teaching the deaf and hard of hearing
    • Vast number of online resources for social media – a bit overwhelming
    • Having enough time to try all the new forms of social media, in depth
    • I do not think of myself as a good writer – creating blogs for me is intimidating
  • 8. Benefits of Moodle and Online Learning
    • Online modules using collaborative learning
    • Do the coursework from the convenience of your own home 
    • Complete work at your own pace
    • Online work can take various forms – weblinks, videos, quizzes, surveys
    • Found the video links explaining Twitter and Delicious helpful
    • Continual feedback from instructor
  • 9.
    • "Twitter makes me like people I never met; Facebook makes me hate people I know in real life." cartoon caption via @conradlisco
    • “ Social media is like a snowball rolling down the hill. It’s picking up speed. Five years from now, it’s going to be the standard.” – Jeff Antaya, chief marketing officer of Plante Moran
    • “ Whether something brings them joy or pain, when people share and engage in communities, they form bonds and relationships with others who acknowledge their situation.” – Liana Evans, from post on Search Engine Watch
    Quotes on Social Media