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Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010
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Social Media in Class - ICCHE 2010


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  • 1. Using Social Media as a Classroom Tool
    Emily Boles
    Center for Online Learning, Research & Service
    University of Illinois Springfield
  • 2. What is Social Media?
    Is it Social Networking? Wiki? Blogs? Video Sharing? Photo Sharing? Social Bookmarking?
  • 3. Let’s break it down.
    Media = an instrument on communication(television, newspaper or radio)
    Thus, social media is social (community-based) instrument of communication
    Regular media =
    1 Way Street
    Single or Limited Sources
    Social media =
    Two Way Street
    Many Voices or Sources
  • 4. Social Media Is
    Any website that invites interaction with the site and with other members.
  • 5.
  • 6. Types of Social Media
    Social News. (Digg, Reddit) Vote and rank articles and leave comments
    Social Bookmarking. (Delicious, Diigo) Tag & share bookmarks, search other’s bookmarks
    Social Networking. (Facebook, LinkedIn, Ning) Add friends, comment on profiles, share media, join groups discussions
    Photo/Video/Audio Sharing. (YouTube, Flickr, iTunes) Share photos/videos & comment on user submissions
    Wikis. (Wikipedia, PB Wiki, Wikispaces) Create new wiki, add or edit existing wiki/articles
  • 7. Social Media in Class
    Supports a constructivist learning theoryPeople build knowledge for themselves through experiences
    Engages students with content and one anotherResearch in Communities of Inquiry shows that increased levels of interaction lead to higher student satisfaction (Swan, 2004)
    Allows students to build a PLE that continues after coursePersonal Learning Environment
    Builds communication and technology skillsDesirable skills in the workforce
    It’s FUN :-D
  • 8. More Popular Than Email
    Two thirds of us now use "member communities"
    MC popularity is being boosted by the growinguse of mobiles for internet access.
    MCs now make up "the fourth most popular category online – ahead of personal email," says Nielsen Online.
  • 9. Social News
    The largest and most popular social news website on the internet. Covers all topics including politics, entertainment, technology and general news. Includes a separate video and image section.
    Popular social news website with a large user base. Covers a wide range of news. Includes several topical sections called subreddits, which focus on specific topics like programming, science, politics and business.
    News Mixer
    Developed by journalist grad students to see how the web could be used to support conversations around local news
    50 Social News Websites from DoshDosh Blog
  • 10. Social Bookmarking
    Group and discussion tool, high/comment the web, bookmarking
    Bookmarking, tag clouds to share on other sites
  • 11. Social News & Bookmarking in Class
    Collaborative/Individual Research Projects
    Provide resources to your students
    Visual method to present topic in LMS
    Present content to students in multiple courses through tag clouds
    Bring students across disciplines together for a project (bio-ethics, literature and the environment, etc)
  • 12. Social Networking
    Friend others, groups, fan pages, integrate with Bb
    Professional social networking; often used by hiring managers to research candidates
    Create a social network around a topic, can be private
  • 13. Wikis & Blogs
    PB Works
    Free to educators, student accounts do not require email addresses
    One free wiki, easy to edit
    Free. Unlimited blogs. Post comments without usernames.
  • 14. Social Networking & Wikis/Blogsin Class
    Service Learning – build a site for local group or to bring awareness to cause
    Project presentations
    E-portfolios of student work
    Extension of LMS. Meet students where they are
    Collect resources (websites, annotated bibs, model assignments) for course
    Collaborate with colleagues on professional projects
    Group projects, essays and reports
    Space for free writing or journaling
    Students work collaboratively to create a compendium of terms and concepts for the course to use as a study guide
    Less formal discussions
  • 15. Photo/Video/Audio Sharing Sites
    Share and collect images
    Share and view/comment on videos
    iTunes/iTunes U
    Share, consume, rate podcasts
  • 16. Photo/Video/Audio Sharing in Class
    Appeal to Different Learning Styles
    Teach students to create multimedia
    Assign students to present a course topic to class
    Interviews with video/audio
  • 17. Google Wave – Integrated Platform
    A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.
    A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.
    A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.
  • 18. Choosing Social Media
  • 19. ASSURE Model (Heinrich, 1999)
    Procedural guide when introducing technology into lesson planning.
    Ensures media use is appropriate to task & audience
    Help instructors prevent time wasting activities
    Can illustrate misapplication or incorrect preparation for technology.
  • 20. ASSURE Model, continued
    Analyze Learners. Who will be using the technology? What skill or experience do they have with web based tools? Are learning styles important? Will the users have ready access to the web? When? How?
    State Objectives. What are the goals of the experience? Considering these goals, what Web 2.0 tool best supports the learning objectives/tasks? What purpose, performance, or task is to be assigned? What type of communication? What type of information gathering? What Quality/ Quantity measures should be included?
    Select Media. Should the interaction be public or private? Do we need a record or archive of the events? What type of controls are necessary? Is the information subject to comment? Copyright?
    Utilize Media. If it was a classroom, this would be where you state what you need to do to set up the projector for all to see and hear, the preparation needed for the technology, etc. For web-based tools the questions are more complex. Do students need to create individual accounts? Do we want to register this material as part of our school? Do we need file storage space to store video or audio files before uploading? Do we need a microphone, web camera, or speakers?
    Require Learner Participation. How will you make sure that participants are attentive to the objectives?
    Evaluation and Revise. How did this work? What do the participants say about the media and methods used? Did the media enhanced the lesson or distracted from it?
  • 21. 6 Step Design Plan (Rhone, 1995)
    How does technology connect with curriculum, time frames, learning styles
    How to assess content knowledge, technology skills
    Planning, practice, reflection  essential components technology integration.
    1. Identify concepts or objective.
    2. Plan the performance tasks linking the instruction and activity with the performance assessment
    3. Choose a technology supporting the integrated curriculum theme and/or to the objectives.
    4. Allow time to work with the technology using appropriate tasks, equipment, or manipulative.
    5. Allow time to reflect/record or share products.
    6. Allow time for explanation and sharing.
  • 22. Help Your Students Succeed
    Clear instructions/tutorials
    Time to explore the tool(s)
    Include time for peer review/drafts/feedback
    Ask them what they thought/how to improve
  • 23.
  • 24. Social Media Resources
    The Use of Social Media in Higher Education for Marketing and Communications: A Guide for Professionals in Higher Education
    Educause08: Social Media and Education
    Classroom 2.0 – Web 2.0 and Social Media in Education
  • 25. Humorous Videos
    Crazy Little Thing The Web
    Social Media Blues