USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO TEACH AND LEARNOct. 2012 Kelli McGraw
Kelli‟s story Teaches secondary English curriculum at Queensland University of Technology Used to be an English teacher in NSW Blogs at www.kellimcgraw.com On Twitter as @kmcg2375 I use social media to teach ANDlearn through my Personal LearningNetwork (PLN)
Successes and obstacles…Online learning Online learning obstaclesuccess • Students who do not normally • Peer „cyber-bullying‟ contribute start to get involved • Not all students have well• Young people developing developed digital skills digital literacy in line with their • Not all students have reliable peers access to the internet• Increased motivation due to • Publication = PUBLIC = publication of work online problematic• Teachers learn more about • Sites blocked by the school or student hobbies and literacy sector habits • Some kids just aren‟t into it!• Teachers can move beyond (Some teachers really aren‟t more? • Can you suggest into their own staffroom for help it…) • Workload implications for
Ethics…Ethical How can we use social media and digital-friendly pedagogies to helpbehaviour students learn how to “manageis one ofseven context, conflict and uncertainty, andGeneral to develop an awareness of theCapabilitie influence that their values ands in the behaviour have on others”Australian (ACARA)?Curriculu How can we ensure WE behavem. ethically with regards to student safety and our own online conduct?
Social Media looks like…In the classroom: At home: Individual, group, or whole Twitter class blogs @kmcg2375 (raid my lists!) e.g. @ETAQldwww.edublogs.org @englishteachers #ozengchat (Tues. nights) Project wikis #engchat #edchat #edtech e.g. #austl #hiphopedwww.pbworks.com Facebook yes, this is a Virtual classrooms learning environment! e.g. Youtubewww.edmodo.com Shared bookmarks Carefully incorporating …what else? Twitter Slideshare
Using wikis to support project workTOP TIP #1 TOP TIP #2Allow at least 2 weeks Create screenshots and otherfor all students to join materials to scaffold
Digital andonline toolsallow teachersto monitorstudent work,progressandengagement in new anddifferent ways.
TOP TIPS:• Be realistic about how long students take to make a profile• Don‟t „double up‟ – REPLACE written homework with online tasks• Be a responsive moderator
TOP TIPS:• Ask students to use their first name only in online profiles• Get students to make an „avatar‟ that isn’t a photo of them• Promote student use/knowledge of school email addresses• Set boundaries for when you will be responding online.
Love your technology…and your sanity!• One class at a time Trial new ideas e.g. homework blog with one class first.• Talk to your family Don’t underestimate how much ‘home time’ you might be surrendering.• Ask for help! You can contact me e.g. HoD, librarian, ETAQ, QUT links too! @kmcg2375 email@example.com.