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SMCEDU Millennials, Social media, and Education - Connecting with your Students

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While companies scramble to grab the attention of young minds through social media, educators are left scratching their heads. We will share what we learned about working with millennial students, the …

While companies scramble to grab the attention of young minds through social media, educators are left scratching their heads. We will share what we learned about working with millennial students, the generation gap, and the secret to winning the attention of students on their turf.

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  • Josh & Lisa
  • JoshThe Millennial Generation has emerged as a force that will shape the social and economic dynamics of the next decade (Howe & Strauss, 2000).The definition of when millennials were born varies, with estimates ranging from 1977 (Tapscott, 1998) to 1982 (Howe & Strauss, 2000).Researchers agree that the uniqueness of millennials results from technological forces that have affected this generation.Unique millennial competency is the ability to effectively use broadly networked digital communication technologies to quickly and seamlessly accomplish a variety of tasks.This competency has resulted from their experiences with Internet communities (Gorman, Nelson, & Glassman, 2004).
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  • LisaThe Millennial Generation has emerged as a force that will shape the social and economic dynamics of the next decade (Howe & Strauss, 2000).The definition of when millennials were born varies, with estimates ranging from 1977 (Tapscott, 1998) to 1982 (Howe & Strauss, 2000).Researchers agree that the uniqueness of millennials results from technological forces that have affected this generation.Unique millennial competency is the ability to effectively use broadly networked digital communication technologies to quickly and seamlessly accomplish a variety of tasks.This competency has resulted from their experiences with Internet communities (Gorman, Nelson, & Glassman, 2004).
  • JoshRelatively ShelteredGrew up among “kid safety rules”: school lockdowns, national youth safety movementsMore conventional than Gen-XersHigh level confidence / self importanceTeam OrientedClose with ParentsTechnology Savvy
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  • JoshMillennialsto using keyboards rather than pens or pencilsto reading information from computer screens or mobile devices rather than from printed textsto being connected with friends in digital environments learn better through discovery and experiential learning rather than by being toldhave the ability to shift their attention rapidly from one task to another and may choose not to pay attention to things that don’t interest them — attentional deploymentbelieve multitasking is a way of life and are comfortable when engaged in multiple activities simultaneouslybelieve staying connected is essential and they want a fast response time (Howe & Strauss, 2000)
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  • LisaMost have never known a life without computers and the InternetConsider computers a part of lifeConnect to information Communicate in real-timeHave social networkingHave been raised in the presence of video and computer gamesStudents in their 20s may have had more experience with games than with reading (Oblinger,2004).
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  • JoshAcademic Excellence in 140 Characters http://youtu.be/SVOY2x81_bg1st 2 minutes only!
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  • JoshHotseat, a social networking-powered mobile Web application, creates a collaborative classroom, allowing students to provide near real-time feedback during class and enabling professors to adjust the course content and improve the learning experience. Students can post messages to Hotseat using their Facebook or Twitter accounts, sending text messages, or logging in to the Hotseat Web site. http://www.itap.purdue.edu/tlt/hotseat/ http://mashable.com/2009/11/03/hotseat/
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  • Joshhttp://www.edsocialmedia.com/2011/02/the-advantage-of-facebook-groups-in-education/ HW Forums:The real beauty of this forum however, is that this model for homework promotes collaboration. Instead of grading homework assignments that are all the same, I have the students build answers to questions by adding off each other and questioning each other. Not only does this prepare a perfect study guide come test time, but it promotes academic discussion outside of the classroom. Some students are stronger in discussion when that discussion unfolds behind a computer screen with more time to analyze and articulate their thoughts in writing.Links & VideosFurthermore, I can also post links, videos, articles, pictures and documents to use in my course. Some of the students were so taken by our discussion of the events in Egypt that they posted news articles, links, and one student even posted a link of a protestor getting shot! This sharing of educational links has changed the way my students look at the facebook.
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    • 1. Millennials, Social Media, and Education: Connecting With Your Students
      Live Twitter
      #hashtag for presentation
      #SMCEDU
      Josh Murdock
      Instructional Designer
      Lisa Macon
      Professor
    • 2. WHAT IS THIS PRESENTATION ALL ABOUT?
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      The Millennial Generation:
      Who are they?
      What are they like?
      What are they doing?
      How do we engage them?
      Facebook:
      What is Facebook?
      How can I use it?
      Why do I use it?
      Twitter:
      What is Twitter?
      How can I use it?
      Why do I use it?
    • 3. OurMillennials
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_CgM2btWzM
      3
    • 4. The Millennial Generation
      4
      Unique millennial competency is the ability to effectively use broadly networked digital communication technologies to quickly and seamlessly accomplish a variety of tasks.
      Researchers agree that the uniqueness of millennials results from technological forces that have affected this generation.
      The Millennial Generation has emerged as a force that will shape the social and economic dynamics of the next decade
      (Howe & Strauss, 2000).
      The definition of when millennials were born varies, with estimates ranging from
      1977 to 1982
    • 5. Millennial Students Characteristics
      5
      What do you believe are the characteristics of a millennial?
    • 6. 6
      “Individuals raised with computers deal with information differently compared to previous cohorts: They develop hypertext minds, they leap around.”
      - Marc Prensky
    • 7. Characteristics of the Millennials
      Students of the Millennial Generation are accustomed
      Learn better through discovery and experiential learningrather than by being told
      Have the ability to shift their attention rapidly from one task to another and may choose not to pay attention to things that don’t interest them — attention deployment
      Believe multitasking is a way of life and are comfortable when engaged in multiple activities simultaneously
      Believe staying connected is essential and they want a fast response time (Howe & Strauss, 2000)
      7
    • 8. 8
      Their learning styles originated with millennials growing up with technology
      • millennials were born around the time the PC was introduced
      • 9. 20% of the students began using computers between the ages of 5 and 8
      • 10. and almost all millennials were using computers by the time they were 16 to 18 years of age (Jones, 2002).
      • 11. Imagine the younger millennials!
      My 1st Computer
    • 12. MILLENIALS TECHNOLOGY
      9
      AND
      http://bit.ly/aUJvzp
    • 13. MILLENIALS Technology
      10
      AND
      http://bit.ly/aUJvzp
    • 14. MILLENIALS NEWS
      11
      AND
      50% of Americans said they got some news from a Mobile Device
      http://bit.ly/aUJvzp
    • 15. Educational Issues
      Diversity of needs, backgrounds, and experiences
      High Drop-out and failure rates (average 3 out of 10)
      Poor class participation
      Typically under prepared
      Difficulties relating to authority figures using traditional communication techniques
      12
    • 16. They are worth the trouble
      Violent Crime is down 60-70%
      Teen pregnancy is down
      Engaged in community service
      Welcomes everyone as part of the community - Tolerant
      13
    • 17. How they “ Tick ”
      Exposed to vast amounts of information at a very young age
      Different patterns of communications and social intimacy
      Ambitious, but with unrealistic expectations
      Well aware of rules, but enjoy the challenge of circumventing the rules
      14
    • 18. ENGAGING THE MILLENNIALS
      Learn at a fast pace that does not involve a “telling style”/ “text-oriented” style of teaching
      Like visual examples, less text, and less telling
      Want interactivity
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      Is using Social Media tools one of those approaches?
      Our challenge is to introduce new learning and teaching approaches to engage the millennial students.
    • 19. 16
      “Your goal should not be to discard social media, but to figure out how to make it a powerful tool, rather than a useless distraction.”
      -Ben Parr
    • 20. A Vision of K-12 Students Today
      17
      Social Media Revolution 2010
    • 21. 18
      “The qualities that make Twitter seem insane and half-baked are what makes it so powerful.”
      - Jonathan Zittrain
      –Harvard Law Professor & Internet Expert
    • 22. 19
      Glossary of Twitter Terms
      Tweet.A message sent via Twitter (140 Charters).
      Hashtag. Hashtags allow the community to easily stream a particular subject by using a hash in front of the tag. Example: Putting #iPhone in a tweet about the iPhone.
      DM.A Direct Message sent via Twitter only the recipient can see.
      Twittastic. The Twitter version of fantastic.
      Dweet.A tweet sent while drunk.
      http://webtrends.about.com/od/twitter/a/twitter_glossary.htm
    • 23. 20
      “Why do I want to write only 140 characters at a time?”
      -Josh Murdock
      Variety of Content – News Source – Instant Information – Promotional Tool – Networking
      #SMCEDU Chat on Twitter Every Monday 12:30 pm EST
      https://twitter.com/professorjosh
    • 24. 21
      “It use to be, you had to be famous to let everyone know what was on your mind. Not any more!” -Lisa Macon
      https://twitter.com/lisamacon
    • 25. 22
      “Academic Excellence in 140 Characters.” Rey Junco
      Study showed the positive effect of Twitter on college student engagement and grades.
      http://youtu.be/SVOY2x81_bg
      https://twitter.com/reyjunco
    • 26. 23
      “Before long you begin to realize how much Twitter helps you inspire others.”
      -Amanda Kern
      https://twitter.com/amandakern
    • 27. 24
      “ The principle goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.”
      - Jean Piaget
    • 28. 25
      Hotseat at Purdue University
      http://www.itap.purdue.edu/tlt/hotseat/
    • 29. 26
      Facebook Stats - www.facebook.com
      More than 500 millionactive users
      50% of our active users log on daily
      Average 130 friends
      People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
      Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups, and events
      Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month
    • 30. 27
      “FACEBOOK IS MY SOCIAL AND WORK NETWORK.”
      – Josh Murdock
      http://www.facebook.com/professorjosh
      Connect – Collaborate – Share – Network
      My “Like” Pages
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    • 31. 28
      “Not being on Facebook is like not having a TV or not owning a cell phone. You can avoid it, but you’ll really miss out. ”– Lisa Macon
      http://www.facebook.com/lisamacon
      My “Like” Page
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    • 32. 29
      Facebook Groups in Education
      The Advantage of Facebook Group in Education by Nate Green
      Promotes Collaboration
      Educational Links
      29
    • 33. 30
      “Instead of asking students to stop using it, embrace Facebook as a learning & communication tool.” – Amanda Kern
      http://www.facebook.com/amandakern
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    • 34. 31
    • 35. CONTACT INFORMATION
      Twitter: @professorjosh
      Facebook: facebook.com/professorjosh
      Email:jmurdock3@valenciacollege.edu
      Twitter: @lisamacon
      Facebook: facebook.com/lisamacon
      Email: lmacon@valenciacollege.edu

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