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  • 1. Using social media in your course: Free (or nearly free) tools to create great learning activities
    Sally Byrd, M.A., M.Ed.
    Webmaster
    College of Southern Maryland
  • 2. Agenda
    Quick overview of these social media: blogs, wikis, social networks
    Examples of use in education
    How to and resources
    www.sallybyrdweb.com/socialmedia
  • 3. What is Social Media?
    From Wikipedia:
    “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.”
  • 4.
  • 5. That’s interesting…
    And why should I care?
  • 6.
  • 7. A Typical Day: Where social media use fits in
    The percentage of adult internet users who do each activity in each age group
    Source: Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, April 29‐May 30, 2010 Tracking Survey.
  • 8.
  • 9. Blogs
  • 10. Reaction: Making Movies in Science
    Science Unit:
    “In this unit in science we will be learning about chemistry, but we will also be making our own movies.”
    http://year9reaction.wordpress.com
  • 11. PunyaMishra’s Web
    Instructor website: “These pages are an ongoing digital archive of much of my professional and some of my personal life.”
    http://punyamishra.com/
  • 12. 2009-2010 GMU Instructional Technology Immersion Program
    Graduate program team site created to share status reports, resources, and project information with our client.
    http://immersion09.onmason.com
  • 13. Wordpress
    Free!
    Easy to use (but powerful)
    Flexible
    Many themes to choose from (or make your own)
    Create a blog or a website
    Two options
    www.wordpress.com – for blogs/sites hosted on Wordpress
    www.wordpress.org – to download Wordpress for individual hosting
  • 14. Wikis
  • 15. English for Architecture and Urban Planning
    A blended course complemented with a wiki to share the syllabus, activities and exercises, a timetable, and student work.
    http://id2-124-dg.pbworks.com
  • 16. 2009-2010 GMU Instructional Technology Immersion Program
    Team wiki used as a document repository to share group research and writing projects.
    https://immersionfall09.pbworks.com
  • 17. CMS@CSM
    Online community created for users of the web content management system at CSM to share training resources and documentation and provide a forum for discussion.
    http://cmsatcsm.pbworks.com
  • 18. PBWorks
    Free!
    Easy to use
    Some theme choices – more with paid plans (starting from $99/year)
    Access controls for privacy/security
    http://pbworks.com
  • 19. Social Networks
  • 20. National Art Education Association
    “This network links teachers with a common bond: young children and art”
    http://naeaelementarydivision.ning.com
  • 21. Molecular Forces
    “A social network for Chemistry and Physics Teachers to share ideas, ask questions and be nerdy.”
    http://molecularforces.ning.com
  • 22. eLatineGreekeLearn
    “Students and teachers of Latin, ancient Greek, and Classical literature can exchange ideas on the role of technology in the Classics classroom here.”
    http://eclassics.ning.com
  • 23. Ning
    Almost free! (Plans start at $20/year; next plan up is $200/year and is significantly more powerful )
    Many themes to choose from (or create your own)
    Moderation and privacy controls
    Free 30-day trial
    http://www.ning.com
  • 24.
  • 25. What next?
    Go to
    www.sallybyrdweb.com/socialmedia
    for resources and links to get you started