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The Social Media Revolution! “A good educator can motivate a student. Agreat educator creates the environment where students can motivate themselves.” (Couros, 2012) WATCH 2:05 minute video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQzsQkMFgHE&feature=related
“We need, first, to take charge of our own learning, and next help others take change of their own learning. We need to move beyond the idea that an education issomething that is provided to us, and toward the idea thatan education is something that we create for ourselves. It is time, in other words, that we change our attitude toward learning and the educational system in general.” ~ Downes, 2010
The purpose of Social Media in SchoolsO Students today have never known a world without the Internet, where as most of their teachers and parents went to school before “clicks and shares”O Experts argue that blocking students from purposeful online interaction does more harm than good.O Some educators and schools strongly advocate for social media as a way to engage students in accessible, personalized learning.http://www.ascd.org/publications/newsletters/policy-priorities/vol17/num04/Executive-Summary-on- Social-Media-in-Schools.aspx
Reasons to Use Social Media in School1. Opens the world of education. • It can break down walls and help build relationships with families and community. Parents can see what their children are doing in class, can view assignments and homework, and even gain access to other classroom’s “newsletters”, etc.2. Minimizes isolation. • Teachers and students in small schools can be connected through social networks and the feeling of isolation can dissipate. Ideas and camaraderie can be extended outside of the a single building to all over the world.3. Builds tolerance and understanding of cultural diversity. • Having the opportunity to connect with people all over the world breaks down a lot of barriers and builds understanding.4. Amplifies passion. • The child who does not feel anyone has similar interests in the classroom, is not limited anymore. Connections outside of a school can be facilitated so their passion thrives.5. It’s free. • Social media does not have costs, only internet access and technology requirements (Couros, 2012)
Popular platforms for Social MediaO BlogsO WebsitesO TwitterO Facebook
What is a BLOG?Blog is short for web log, which is a posting of journal-like pages to a website, most often in reverse chronological order.
The Reason People “Blog”Blogs…O are a form of communication that offers a greater understanding of a topic and reflectionO share static and dynamic informationO can host online surveys or tutorialsO are easy to updateO initiate the cycle of collaboration – most blogs are respectful, honest and openO offer the writer a digital home – “… a blog can be a portal for a social media aficionado.”O build social relationshipsO generate dialogue, allows for peer reviewO provide connections to others and decrease isolation Carozza, 2012
Reasons to “Blog” in SchoolO Communicate with students, parents and communityO Offer resourcesO Share student workO Opportunities to read, write, collaborate, discussO Provide engagement and motivationO Integrate technology into the classroomO Allow for flexible learning – convenient, accessibleO Assist with classroom management: daily activities, homework, enrichmentO Help brand a writer and build their platform – “…growing our is a way of supporting our students through our words and actions online.”O Encourage students to brand themselves – “Will Richardson argues that we can model blogging for our students so they can write for a purpose and for an audience.”
Popular Options for BlogsO Blogger O Owned by Google so other programs/services work in sync O Support is available O Free O Not self hosted so control can be limitedO Tumblr O Easy to integrate with social media O Ideal for personal blogs O Support is available O Limited archivingO WordPress O Free or self-hosted with fee O Professional looking, anti-spam, simple, must be updated regularlyO TypePad O Integrates easily with Facebook O Allows for creativity O Must subscribe for a fee O Not as popularO Edublog O http://youtu.be/CrL6jTPaaLM onlineteacher.com, Claudia Somerfield
What are WEBSITES?O According to Wikipedia, a website is a set of related web pages containing content such as text, images, video, audio, etc.O Websites can be static or dynamic O Static websites present pre-defined, static information to the user. O Dynamic websites change or customize themselves frequently and automatically, based on certain criteria.
The Reason People use Websites“Online learning allows for flexibility of access, from aanywhere and usually at anytime… however, the learningmaterials must be designed properly to engage thelearner and promote learning” (Ally, 2004).“ As educators, our aim is not simply to make informationaccessible to students, but to make learning accessible”(David Rose, 2002).
Reasons to use Websites in School1. Connection to students, teachers, district personnel, parents, community at large2. Links to useful websites such as O Contact email addresses O Education websites O Translations for second language families3. Saves on paper distribution from the students
Popular Options for Educational WebsitesO Wikispaces O http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/websiteO YOLA O https://www.yola.com/ O Free to use O Ad free O This is often an issue for educators as they need to be aware of what ads students may be viewing when asked to access websites.
What is TWITTER?O Twitter is a micro-blogging “community” that allows people to interact with one another in a real-time environment.O All messages are limited to 140 charactersO It can show everything that is happening in the world first-hand, free of the bias and filtering. http://twitterforteachers.wetpaint.com/page/What+is+Twitter
The Reason People “Tweet”O To see what is going on in the world in real-time, within O Global news O Companies or industries O Personal and business networksO A means of mass-communication O It enables them to communicate to a broad spectrum of people rather than going about the tedious task of relaying the same message individually.O For branding purposes O To push their companies or personal agenda.O MarketingO Reputation-managementO Personal information sharing http://twitterforteachers.wetpaint.com/page/What+is+Twitter
Reasons to “Tweet” in SchoolProfessional DevelopmentO Instant access to links, ideas, opinions, & resources from global professionals.Global and LocalO Actively compare what’s happening between local, national or international schools.Reflective practiceO Share reflections, support and challenge others.Instant feedbackO Share ideas and get instant feedback through a range of opinions and constructive criticisms.NewsroomO Stay up-to-date on news and current affairs, as well as on the latest developments in areas of interest.Quality-assured searchingO Hone and develop the list of people whose insights you value.Efficient CommunicationO Express opinions in a max of 140 characters.EasyO Simply create an account and search using key words for an area of interest to generate a list of people to follow. Watch “Twitter in 60 Seconds” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYz9M70KVR0&feature=player_embedded (Laura Walker, 2012)
What is FACEBOOK?O Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.O People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. http://wikkidapps.com/social-networking/facebook/
The Reason People use FacebookO People can leave messages, browse through photo collections, or even chat with someone who is online.O A great way to keep in contact with friends and family, or find long lost friends or relatives.O The Facebook "wall" is where people can write comments on what they are up to or share photos and articles.O An online photo albumO Offers online games and applicationsO Connecting and networking with coworkers or business partners.O Job recommendations or connections http://webtrends.about.com/od/socialnetworking/a/why_facebook.htm
Reasons to use Facebook in schoolsO Groups O Create discussion boards, communicate messages and information, and link to online projects or other groups.O News Feeds O Access real-time opinion and commentary on current subject topicsO Foreign Languages O Find ‘language buddies’ to practice second languages with and can find events or links to language-based resources.O Figures of Interest O Subscribed to profiles of people to learn more about, like politicians, business owners, or leaders.O Timeline O Create interesting timeline projects.O Questions and polls O Post questions and polls for research, opinion, or to generate classroom discussion.O Messages O Post messages about homework, school events, assignments, reminders or updates for teachers, students and parents.O Share Multimedia O Exchange or comment on videos, website links, images and real-time updates.O Collaboration O Contribution to projects and discussions using a tool that many students already use and are comfortable with. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/igeneration/ways-to-use-facebook-effectively-in-class/15269
Things to consider about using Social Media in our SchoolsSome things that must be consider for the successful implementation of SocialMedia in schools… 1. Is there transparency with online activity and experiences 2. Is there a school climate that supports TMEs. • “I would try to build a school culture where sharing is just a normal part of what we do and where we understand the relevance of this global exchange of ideas and information to what we do in the classroom” (Richardson, 2010) 3. Is there a Safety Policy or Code of Conduct for SM use that outlines etiquette and expected behaviour 4. Who is the target audience: teachers, students, parents, or community 5. Who will have access and are URL’s on website and in newsletters 6. What is are the ground rules for appropriate responses from interactive entries 7. Do parents have access and are they aware of what, how, when, & why social media is being used?
Leadership Challenges to Introducing Social Media in Schools.“ There is concern from school administrators and teachers that connecting students onlinemay have more detrimental effect than benefit — due to inappropriate communication orcontent, privacy exploitation or cyberbullying. However, if the correct structures are put inplace and content is monitored, then social media can become a valuable an interactiveteaching tool. “ http://www.zdnet.com/blog/igeneration/ways-to-use-facebook-effectively-in-class/15269
Leadership Challenges to Introducing Social Media in Schools.Challenges that leaders need to contend with…O Access concerns O In house – students, teachers, other staff O External – privacy & safety concerns with websites, blogs, etc O Bandwidth O Cost of internet servicesO Alignment – within district, province, country, universities – we are reinventing the wheel individually instead of collaborating?O Digital divide & Learning network divide (Will Richardson, 2011)O TimeO What does global change mean for schools? Education?O “Even thought *we+ know change is necessary, no one is asking for it” (Richardson, 2011, p. 9)O “Outside assessment systems imposed on schools are not making a clear connection between the use of *social media+ and student learning” (Richardson, 2011, p.9) http://www.techlearning.com/default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=602
“ In times of change, learners inherit theearth, while the learned find themselvesbeautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists” ~ Hoffer