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Some say that education is one of the last sectors to adopt new technologies. If this is true, could it be because of the time required to overcome a learning curve of its features, time to understand the security and privacy issues involved, time to practice use of the app personally--and finesse its use with students, or time to collaborate in the communities and networks the app makes possible?
Some educators remain skeptical or even resistant to the adoption of social media in education; others are undecided, needing details about the benefits for students or the techniques required in order for the app to be implemented in a learning setting.
Some educators embrace social media in their practice. The moment this deck is published, some of those individuals might say how could the author have missed ______ ? It is true that in a world of apps, we have a tendency to adopt one that has been made understandable to us first, or one that grabbed our attention because it did something that the others would not do, or one that the media said was a rising star.... This deck is subject to these factors. This deck takes a decidedly safe approach with including some of the heavyweights.
This short presentation attempts to appeal to all kinds of readers: the skeptical, the undecided, the enthusiast, etc.
A movie trailer. For the cautious and time constrained, a simple image with action verbs that the application makes possible may be the most important feature of this deck. Possibly verbs that Marc Prensky would approve.
For the undecided or for the enthusiast, further notes are provided that explain how the application can be used by teachers and students with some detail.
The author is also a teacher-learner and will expand this deck to include other social media stars as cases can be made for their use in education.