Emily May [email_address] Social Media in the classroom
Three goals <ul><li>Student usage rates of new technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Where students are, where students need to g...
Percentage of adult literacy learners in NYC with computer access at home <ul><li>Citywide,  66%!  Program managers guesse...
Percentage of adult literacy learners in NYC  that use social networking sites <ul><li>Citywide,  58%! </li></ul><ul><li>A...
Percentage of OBT students who use blogs, Twitter, and Linkedin <ul><li>13%  of OBT students use blogs </li></ul><ul><li>8...
Where are the students? <ul><li>Grab a partner. You have five minutes to discuss. Out of the technologies discussed, MySpa...
All Whites (75%)   All Blacks (59%)   English-Speaking Hispanics (80%)   73%* of the population reports using the internet...
Compare this to your own usage rates <ul><li>In Survey Monkey you reported: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook:  67%   </li></...
Social media isn’t going anywhere
Their space v. their future
Where the social capital is <ul><li>According to a survey in December 2008 by The Pew Internet & American Life Project, 95...
Using social media in the classroom <ul><li>The power of self-publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Using social media to increase ...
More Fun = More Education <ul><li>At St. Mary’s in Ohio, there were two classrooms of 5 th  graders.  One used mobile tech...
Ning.com <ul><li>Ning helps you develop issue-based social networking sites.  </li></ul><ul><li>Pluses:  Similar to blogs,...
Facebook <ul><li>Pluses:  Engages students in a technology with utility beyond the classroom, can make your group “private...
Blogging <ul><li>Pluses:  teaches students how to blog, can be set to “private,” simple in format </li></ul><ul><li>Minuse...
To sum it up <ul><li>Many of our students are already using technology in their personal lives, but few are using it in th...
Resources <ul><li>Wired Magazine,  The New Literacy :  http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/17-09/st_thompson .  <...
Contact information <ul><li>Emily May </li></ul><ul><li>Special Projects Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>718-369-0303 </li><...
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This presentation is intended as a primer for adult literacy instructors who are thinking about using social networking technologies in their classroom. The presentation reviews statistics on how students are currently using technology in New York City and looks at applications for Ning, Facebook, and blogs in the classroom.

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  1. 1. Emily May [email_address] Social Media in the classroom
  2. 2. Three goals <ul><li>Student usage rates of new technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Where students are, where students need to go </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media in the Classroom: Ning, Facebook, and Blogs </li></ul>
  3. 3. Percentage of adult literacy learners in NYC with computer access at home <ul><li>Citywide, 66%! Program managers guessed 42% and Teachers guessed 46% </li></ul><ul><li>At OBT, 73%! Others use computers at libraries (20%), at friends’ houses (38%), and elsewhere (18%). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Percentage of adult literacy learners in NYC that use social networking sites <ul><li>Citywide, 58%! </li></ul><ul><li>At OBT, 52% of students have a MySpace page: 63% of OSY, YAIP, and GED students have a page, while only 23% of ESOL students have them. </li></ul><ul><li>At OBT, 29% of students have a Facebook page: 34% of OSY, YAIP, and GED students have a page, while only 17% of ESOL students have them. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Percentage of OBT students who use blogs, Twitter, and Linkedin <ul><li>13% of OBT students use blogs </li></ul><ul><li>8% use Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>3% Use Linked In </li></ul>
  6. 6. Where are the students? <ul><li>Grab a partner. You have five minutes to discuss. Out of the technologies discussed, MySpace, Facebook, Ning, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Blogs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are students using currently? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are students NOT using currently? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What kinds of people are using these technologies? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. All Whites (75%) All Blacks (59%) English-Speaking Hispanics (80%) 73%* of the population reports using the internet or email. Here is a breakdown of use among different online groups. (shown as a percentage of population online) 18-29 Years Old (90%) 30-49 Years Old (85%) 50-64 Years Old (70%) 65+ Years Old (35%) No High School Degree (44%) College Graduates (91%) <$30K Income (53%) >$75K Income (95%) Men (73%) Women (73%) *Source: Pew Internet & American Life Survey, May 2008. http://www.pewinternet.org ** This statistic comes from the Pew Internet Project’s Latinos Online data, collected June-October, 2006. High School Graduates (63%) Urban (74%) Rural (63%) Suburban (77%) Spanish-Dominant Hispanics (32%)**
  8. 8. Compare this to your own usage rates <ul><li>In Survey Monkey you reported: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook: 67% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>only 29% of students have a Facebook page </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs: 67% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>only 13% of students read blogs </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Social media isn’t going anywhere
  10. 10. Their space v. their future
  11. 11. Where the social capital is <ul><li>According to a survey in December 2008 by The Pew Internet & American Life Project, 95% of people who have a college education use the internet as opposed to 35% of people with less than a high school education. </li></ul><ul><li>40% of high school grads have a Facebook or MySpace account compared to 55% of those with some college and 52% of those with at least a college degree (Harris Poll). </li></ul>
  12. 12. Using social media in the classroom <ul><li>The power of self-publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Using social media to increase time-on-task and ultimately improve education </li></ul><ul><li>Three tools to try: Ning, Facebook, and blogs. According to survey monkey, 4 people wanted to learn more about Ning and Facebook and 6 wanted to learn more about blogs. </li></ul>
  13. 13. More Fun = More Education <ul><li>At St. Mary’s in Ohio, there were two classrooms of 5 th graders. One used mobile technologies in the classroom, one didn’t. Here are the results: </li></ul>71% 42% Math 46% 15% Reading With Without
  14. 14. Ning.com <ul><li>Ning helps you develop issue-based social networking sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Pluses: Similar to blogs, can make your classroom private. </li></ul><ul><li>Minuses: Slightly more complex to use than blogs. Doesn’t have a natural draw. </li></ul><ul><li>Do: Take 10 minutes to create a profile and explore Ning: http:// newdigitalworld.ning.com / </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss: What do you notice? What ideas do you have on how to use it? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Facebook <ul><li>Pluses: Engages students in a technology with utility beyond the classroom, can make your group “private” </li></ul><ul><li>Minuses: Must have a facebook page profile, more challenging to navigate in a classroom environment, higher risk of students not staying on-task during lessons, staff needs to create new personal profile </li></ul><ul><li>Do: Go to facebook.com and start a profile if you don’t have one already. Let me know when you are ready and I will add you to the “Social Media in the Classroom” private group. </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion: What works for you? What doesn’t? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Blogging <ul><li>Pluses: teaches students how to blog, can be set to “private,” simple in format </li></ul><ul><li>Minuses: no linkages to broader networks </li></ul><ul><li>Do: www.blogger.com . Sign in and set up your own classroom blog. When you are done, check out www.socialmediaintheclassroom.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss: How can you use this in the classroom? </li></ul>
  17. 17. To sum it up <ul><li>Many of our students are already using technology in their personal lives, but few are using it in the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology works in the classroom because it is fun, increasing time-on-task. </li></ul><ul><li>It is important for our students to be fluent in technology so they can communicate with those outside their social networks. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Resources <ul><li>Wired Magazine, The New Literacy : http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/17-09/st_thompson . </li></ul><ul><li>Bates, A.W. & Poole, G. (2003). A Framework for Selecting and Using Technology, In A.w. Bates &amp; G. Poole, Effective Teaching with Technology in Higher Education (pp.75-108). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Retrieved July 2009 from http://www.batesandpoole.ubc.ca/chapter-4.html </li></ul><ul><li>Cell Phones as Instructional Tools. Webinar. http://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=lobby.jsp&eventid=154461&sessionid=1&key=F6D1D2D288709C1B15A12F74A57B0660&eventuserid=26644635 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Just under half of Americans have a Facebook or MySpace Page” Harris Poll. http://harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/pubs/harris_poll_2009_04_16.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>“ Demographics of Internet Users.” Pew Internet & American Life Project . 26 Feb 2009 http://www.pewinternet.org/trends/User_Demo_Jan_2009.htm . </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Access Image: http://www.pewinternet.org/Presentations/2008/Degrees-of-Access-%28May-2008-data%29.aspx </li></ul>
  19. 19. Contact information <ul><li>Emily May </li></ul><ul><li>Special Projects Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>718-369-0303 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.myspace.com/obtjobs </li></ul>

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