Give some background on who I am How I started getting into social media Why I think I have been successful - valuable information - a ‘real’ person’ - engage and connect – form relationships with others in the space
Social media is becoming an essential part of communication for the generation of students that you are teaching. The internet has always been in existence for them. They grew up playing games on the computer and chatting online. The vast majority of them are on Facebook, and increasingly Instagram, tumblr and twitter, and YouTube is also extremely popular.
Facebook – 1 billion monthly active users (1/8th of the world’s population) Tumblr = 150 million users Instagram = 100 million users (integrated heavily with Facebook, who bought them last year) Twitter = 200 million active users YouTube = just hit 1 BILLION active monthly users
Wordpress currently hosts about 63 million blog worldwide and is by far the most popular blogging platform.
Wordpress created a special form of their blogs specifically to use in classrooms.
Wordpress just rolled out this version of its popular blogging platform classrooms in February.
Blogging is different than other kinds of writing, and I have found this with my own college-age students. They don’t know how to do it. Here are some ideas of what you might want to cover prior to having your students creating blog posts.
How many of you are using Pinterest? Anyone using it in the Classroom?
There are actually many teachers using Pinterest – it is hard to tell how many are actually using it with their classes because I would suspect many have created “secret boards”. Secret boards allow you to invite users like your students and parents – to view your secret board and to pin on your secret board.
The barrier to entry is that they need to have a pinterest account.
If you don’t want to use Pinterest with your students, you can create your own boards and pin lessons for ideas, resources, etc. And you can collaborate and share ideas with other teachers.
I will share this presentation with all of you so that you have access to all of these resources.
To be on google+ you need to have a gmail address and a G+ profile. The profile itself will accept a name like Kelly L. And you don’t have to provide any further information or a photo.
Communities can be closed, and when you are the creator of a community, you send invitations via people’s gmail addresses. Only those people can see what is going on within the community and that information appears nowhere else. Lets take a look at what a community looks like.
Facebook groups are another option. The best part about these groups is that most students are already on Facebook, so there isn’t a need to join anything or give out any more information. Let’s take a look at what these groups have to offer.
Engaging Students outside the Classroom with Social Media
This is me on social media
How did I get here?
What we’ll cover
Why social media?
What to consider when selecting tools
Tools to consider:
Why engage your students via
They are ‘digital natives’
It is ‘engaging’ and can help build community.
They can make connections and utilize resources well
beyond the classroom walls.
This is their future.
Things that may concern you
Legal concerns – what are the rules of CIPA and your school?
Privacy concerns – how will you protect the identity of your
Accessibility concerns – how will you ensure that all
students have access to the same resources?
Lack of knowledge/training – how will you learn how to
utilize these tools properly?
What to consider when choosing a
social networking platform
Are there dedicated versions for teachers &
Are there ways to limit accessibility to just the classroom
members or others you want to include?
What is the barrier to entry?
Where are your students already online?
Accessibility for those with disabilities
Should be created as a Page on your blog
Can be similar to classroom conduct rules
Should lay out how to identify yourself, ie only first
name and last initial.
Tell what is NOT allowed.
Personal identifying information
Inappropriate language, etc.
Make them simple and enforce consistently.
Link to my class blog on Wordpress.
What to teach before blogging
0 General Internet Safety
0 Writing for the web:
0 How to include hyperlinks (rather than footnotes)
0 Creating good headlines, section headings
0 Choosing photos that are not copyright restricted
0 HTML – if you know a little code, it goes a long way
Link to the iSchool blog.