SOCIAL MEDIA: WHAT IS IT, REALLY?Social Media is essentially software whichmediates human communication.
BUT CAN IT BE USED IN EDUCATION?
Twitter in the classroom:• Tweet assignments and due dates• Class news feed• Coordinate with students and teachers• Connect with other classrooms/communities• 140 character story challenges• Ask questions• Take and share notes, links, pics• Facilitate research• Connect with parents• Post questions, polls, comments, recommendations, discussions• Follow other educators, writers, scientists, politicians, historians, anyone!
Diigo in the classroom:• Save important websites and access them on any computer.• Categorize websites by titles, notes, keyword tags, lists and groups.• Search through bookmarks to quickly find desired information.• Annotate websites with highlighting or virtual "sticky notes."• View any annotations made by others on any website visited.• Share websites with groups or the entire Diigo social network.• Comment on the bookmarks of others or solicit comments to your shared bookmarks.
CLASSROOM 2.0 (PLN)Classroom 2.0 in education:• Social networking for educators• Write blogs• Share discussions• Post photos and videos• Connect with other educators• Share ideas and content• Make suggestions and help others• Create and join groups of like-minded teachers• Connect to other social networks to create a personal web
MyBigCampus in the classroom:• Social networking for students• Safe learning and sharing environment• Post homework, handouts, notes, pics, videos, links, anything• Share information with students, parents, teachers• Create virtual learning communities for your classroom• Hold online discussions, polls, assessments• Create “Bundles” of content to share with students and teachers• “Facebook for the classroom”