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  • Keeping in touch (old and new friends), networking (through “friend” suggestions, or mutual interests), meeting new friends or colleagues, sharing information, newsStrengths of a like FB: widely dispersed network (time, space and location)Weakness: volume of information, be careful who your friends are
  • Planning and implementation of initiatives, discussions, sharing of ideasTo learn new techniques, strategies or about new resources (in general, e.g. technology integration)Ask for advice on specific topicsShare and use media (images, presentations, audio (podcasts), video, lesson plans, rubrics)


  • 1. Nings to Knols: Social Knowledge Structures for Professional Learning
    Angela Elkordy,
    Principal, Al-Ihsan Academy
    Eastern Michigan University, Doctoral Student
  • 2. Overview
    Authentic learning – useful and relevant
    Discussion – links to prior learning (what’s useful to you now? Could be useful?)
    Types of social media
    Facts –
  • 3. Purpose
    How social media is used by students vs. adults
    How social media is helpful to educators
    How to participate – goal: to identify three tools
    Understand different types of social media
    Resources for continued learning
  • 4. Kinds of Collaborative Media Tools
    Collaborative Environments
    Communication tools
    Interactive tools
    Learning management systems
    Social Media – sharing documents, media, presentations
  • 5. Social Networks
    Uses of social media
    Allow users to share media, information, keep each other up to data (micro-blogging)
    Allows users to create and expand a database of affiliations based upon mutual interests (suggests new “friends”)
    Usually free
    Kinds: one to one/group, by invitation, or completely open for all to join or combination
  • 6. How Educators are Using Social Networks
    Collaborative work:
    Working with colleagues (on-site and remotely)
    In related fields
    Follow experts on specific subjects
    Post questions, interactive dialog (advice)
    Sharing media and knowledge
    Qualitative and quantitative data for analysis (polls, surveys)
    Sharing resources and news
  • 7. Collaborative Environments
    Virtual worlds (i.e. Second Life)
    Learning management systems (Moodle, school based)
    Webinars (Live and Archived (search “free webinars (educators or teachers)”) (Middle School Portal)
    Online conferences (K-12 Online)
    Groupware (real time collaborative creation such as document editing)
  • 8. Second Life
    Converse in real time
    Access and learn from media (ezines, video, sound, hands-on-learning building)
    Attend lectures, meetings, showcases of research, immersion learning activities
    Collaborate world wide
  • 9. Middle School Portal – Social Network
  • 10. K-12 Online Conference
  • 11. Collaborative Environments
    Message boards with threaded discussions
    Shared documents (Google docs, Zoho)
    Collaborative authoring: such as Wikis,
    Online Communities (Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, Eduspaces)
  • 12. Google Wave – Youtube Tutorials
  • 13. Eduspaces – Online Community
  • 14. Classroom 2.0
  • 15. Social Media -- Linking
    Linking people and resources
    Bookmarking Tools
    Google wave
  • 16. The Reading Workshop
  • 17. College at Home Blog
  • 18. Blog Aggregator -- Subject
  • 19. Social Networking for Teachers Wiki
  • 20. Microblogging – Twitter for Teachers
  • 21. Knowledge/Media Sharing
    Photos: Flikr, Picassa (web albums)
    Video: Teachertube, Youtube
    Creative commons/ publishing
  • Knol
  • 22. Knowledge/Media Sharing
  • 23. Audio
  • 24. Social Bookmarking --
  • 25. Interactive Tools
    (Surveymonkey, zoomerang)
    Polls (Polldaddy)
    Find more web 2.0 tools:
  • 26. Learn More…
    Social Networking for Teachers
    Glossaries of Social Networking terms
  • Thank you for attending!
    Questions, comments or ideas to share?
    Angela Elkordy,
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