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Social Networking 4 Elt

  1. 1. Social Networking Sites for ELT Professionals Twitter ID: @Tweet4education Ismail Fayed Ismailfayed [at] ESL Teacher TESOL Arabia Webmaster
  2. 2. Outline •  Social Networking Sites (SNS) for ELT purposes. •  Instructional Technology vs. Ed. Tech. •  Social networks vs. social network services •  Social networks vs. personal learning networks •  Examples •  Concerns
  3. 3. A. Instructional Technology vs. Ed. Tech.   “The theory and practice of design, development, utilization, management, and evaluation of processes and resources for learning… as a part of educational technology” – The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)   “While instructional technology covers the processes and systems of learning and instruction, educational technology includes other systems used in the process of developing human capability.” – Wikipedia (2010)
  4. 4. Tech Talk!   Technology o  Educational Technology •  Instructional Technology   VLEs, CMSs, etc   Social Networking   Web 2.0 & web 3.0   Virtual worlds   What’s next?!
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  6. 6. Sociology: Social Networks   A social network is a social structure made of individuals (or organizations) called "nodes" which are connected by one or more specific types of interdependency (e.g. friendship, kinship, financial exchange, dislike, sex, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.)   First used in a systematic way in1954 by J. A. Barnes.   It was used in other fields like anthropology, communication studies, computer studies, and many more. Photo credit: Konstantinos Kokkinis
  7. 7. Social Network Services/websites   Is the missing link between Web 1.0 & Web 2.0   Building and reflecting on social relations among PEOPLE   The ‘social’ aspect is highlighted through new and emerging interaction technologies (e.g. group messaging, online communities, etc.)   It is mostly ‘web-based’   Free   User-friendly   Popular!
  8. 8. “Social networking is in its infancy and I’m guessing it will become as widespread as email,”* *Richard Kimber, Google’s former managing director for South Asia
  9. 9. Social Constructivism Theory of Learning - Piaget (1960)   Learning by doing … & playing   Humans develop knowledge from their own experiences   Human assimilate and accommodate to ‘construct’ their own knowledge   The learner is a unique individual with unique needs & background (context)   The learner has to be active, responsible & motivate   The teacher is rather a facilitator Atherton (2009)
  10. 10. A social network vs. a personal learning network?   Members in social networks  must be actually ‘social’   Personal learning network  can simply be acquiring info without contributing in return Alan Levine (2007)
  11. 11. Examples?
  12. 12. B. SNS & Models   CMS (TACON Online 2010 & Moodle)   Social Networking Websites   Google documents (   Avatar (3D) Worlds   Second life
  13. 13. Taconference Initial Plan
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  15. 15. TESOL Arabia Conference Online 2010
  16. 16. TESOL Arabia on Twitter
  17. 17. Edmodo or Twitter?
  18. 18. Slideshare your presentation
  19. 19. Google Wave: a new generation..
  20. 20. SNS Networks Concepts Network Represents Slideshare PowerPoint Twitter Mobile SMS Google Documents & Pbwiki Office Applications, Surveys, Collaborative spaces, etc. Ning, edublogs Teachers’ room! Teachertube TV & Mobile vides Google wave Email Moodle, BB, WebCT Virtual Classrooms Avatar worlds Advanced Virtual reality/ simulation
  21. 21. Avatars.. Second Life
  22. 22. C. Issues & Concerns privacy
  23. 23. Guidelines for Educators Using Social and Educational Networking Sites   Use Educational networking sites rather than just social networking sites (e.g. teachertube vs. youtube)   When online, maintain your professional image all the time in your communications and media sharing with students, parents, or others.   It is important to maintain a professional relationship with students to avoid relationships that could cause bias in the classroom. (Don’t grant your students access to your personal network) guidelines-revised.html
  24. 24. Guidelines for the use of social networking sites by professional staff Hegna & Johnson (2009).   Do not accept students as friends on personal SNS. Decline any student- initiated friend requests.   Do not initiate friendships with students   Remember that people classified as “friends” have the ability to download and share your information with others.   Post only what you want the world to see. Imagine your students, their parents, your administrator, visiting your site. On a SNS, basically once you post something it may be available, even after it is removed from the site.   Do not discuss students or coworkers or publicly criticize school policies or personnel.   Visit your profile’s security and privacy settings. At a minimum, educators should have all privacy settings set to “only friends”. “Friends of friends” and “Networks and Friends” open your content to a large group of unknown people. Your privacy and that of your family may be a risk.
  25. 25. Guidelines for the use of educational networking sites by professional staff Hegna & Johnson (2009).   Let your administrator, fellow teachers and parents know about your educational network.   When available, use school-supported networking tools.   Do not say or do any thing that you would not say or do in as a teacher in the classroom.   Have a clear statement of purpose and outcomes for the use of the networking tool. Establish a code of conduct for all network participants.   Do not post images that include students without parental release forms on file.   Pay close attention to the site's security settings and allow only approved participants access to the site.
  26. 26. References ATHERTON J S (2009) Learning and teaching; constructivism in learning. Retrieved: Jan. 2010, from: constructivism.htm Barnes, J. A. Class and committees in a Norwegian island parish", Human Relations 7:39-58 Garrison, R. & Anderson. T. (2003). E-Learning in the 21st Century: A Framework for Research and Practice. Routledge. Piaget, J. (1983). Piaget's theory. In P. Mussen (ed). Handbook of Child Psychology. 4th ed. Vol. 1. New York: Wiley. Hegna, J. & Johnson, D. (2009). Guidelines for Educators Using Social and Educational Networking Sites. The Blue Skunk Blog. Retrieved: Jan. 2010, from: http://doug- Levine, A. (2007). Social networking for teachers. Retrieved: Jan. 2010, from: http:// Wikipedia website (2010). Instructional Technology. Retrieved: Jan. 2010, from:
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