Social Media in Education

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  • Technology IS a TOOL…
  • Social Media in Education

    1. 1. Social Media in Education Bridging the Technology Gap Corinne Thomas, CFCS Educational Technology Specialist VP of Communications – California Affiliate of the AAFCS
    2. 2. “Most young people can’t remember a time without the Internet. But right now, many students’ learning experiences in school don’t match the reality outside of school. We need to bridge this gap.” - Arne Duncan US Secretary of Education
    3. 3. Joosten & Ritter, 2010
    4. 4. Is social media affecting our lives?
    5. 5. Social Media 73% 72% 40% Social Networking Sites Teens (12-17) Young Adults (18-29) Adults (30+) Pew Internet & American Life Project
    6. 6. Social Media 28% 14% 28% 15% 7% 11% 2006 2009 Blogging Teens (12-17) Young Adults (18-29) Adults (30+) Pew Internet & American Life Project
    7. 7. Social Media wikipedia.org
    8. 8. What Technology Is NOT • Technology is not a Cure • Technology is not the End-all • Technology is not a Savior
    9. 9. Technology IS… …a TOOL
    10. 10. BLOGGING Giving people the power of the media
    11. 11. Sincere Conversational Expert
    12. 12. WIKIS Coordinating and organizing group input
    13. 13. What Are Wikis? • Websites that can be modified or contributed to by users
    14. 14. SOCIAL NETWORKING Connectivism across boundaries
    15. 15. Social Networking Sites Social networking sites are web-based services that allow individuals to: • Construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system • Articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection • View and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system Boyd & Ellison, 2007
    16. 16. Profile Other users Connections Social Networking
    17. 17. 44% 29% 18% 9% Social Sharing on the Web Facebook Twitter Yahoo MySpace TechCrunch - February 2010
    18. 18. 9% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% Activity Popular Social Networking Activities Posting Messages Downloading Music Downloading Videos Uploading Music Updating personal websites/profiles Posting Photos Blogging
    19. 19. #1 Rule for Social Networking Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want to be seen by Everyone in the world
    20. 20. Social Networking Basics Pick a site Create a profile Network!
    21. 21. Tips for Using Social Media • Keep it simple • Keep it open • Keep it real • Use it often • Know your goals • Find the right tool
    22. 22. Issues in Social Media • Policies • FERPA • Privacy • Bullying
    23. 23. ETIQUETTE CONSIDERATIONS
    24. 24. Do not say anything online that you would not say in real life
    25. 25. My boss is such a moron I hate you! My kids are home alone tonight. Hope they’ll be okay. Haha! My 2nd section is so much better than my 3rd Currently looking for new employment. Don’t tell my boss! Dr. Smith looked rather stunning today. VOTE FOR THIS CANDIDATE!!! NOW!!! PLS??!?!?!
    26. 26. Ask permission
    27. 27. Add Value
    28. 28. Avoid fights/bashing
    29. 29. Listen to others Maybe even ask for clarification
    30. 30. Respect the community
    31. 31. Respect the individuals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YGc4zOqozo
    32. 32. APPLICATIONS TO FCS We can…and should…make a difference
    33. 33. • Connect professionals • Share knowledge, research, and experience • Create more integrated solutions Improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities
    34. 34. • PEOPLE will always be more important than technology • Teach students to learn for LIFE, regardless of the technology available
    35. 35. For more information: cgthomas.com/resources For copies of this presentation: cgthomas.com/publications

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