Teaching with Social Networks By: Sheena Higgins
The Social Networks Select a social network to learn about by clicking on its corresponding logo.
Why Should Teachers Use Twitter?•To ask for new lesson ideas• Start a book list• Schedule professional meetings • Post useful information for other teachers • Find summer work or other school employment
Why Should Teachers Use Twitter? •Learn new teaching tools • Provide daily tips like a word of the day • Celebrate events like Teacher Appreciation Day • Tweet about your school’s website or events • Link photos of your classroom
Twitter Reflection I have never used Twitter because I have always feltlike my life is not important enough for people to follow me ona day to day basis. However, after reading this article, Iunderstand many other uses for Twitter especially as I enterthe classroom. Not only was I informed of the many uses forTwitter for a teacher, but I also learned a few of the technicalparts of tweeting. I also began thinking about how Twitter couldbe used to keep in contact with students after reading aparticular quote, “It is not always clear what its professionaluses are.”
Why Should Teachers Use Facebook? • Start a group for your classroom • Collaborate with students in the group • Appoint admins to lead discussions • Keep in contact with sick students • Keep in contact with busy parents
Why Should Teachers Use Facebook? • Post classroom photos to your group • Post classroom videos to your group• Mark important due dates on the calendar • Update all your students by one post• Or contact individuals through messages
Facebook Reflection To be honest, I did not really learn anything in theresearch process for Facebook because I have been on itfor years. I pretty much know my way around the website bynow. As a matter of fact, I would personally not useFacebook for school reasons because I plan on maintaininga Facebook as a teacher for personal uses. I also plan ontrying my best to keep my personal life separate from myprofessional life. Therefore, I would not allow my students tobefriend me for the purposes I previously listed. Source
Why Should Teachers Use Skype?•To provide after school assistance•To bring a field trip to the classroom•To connect with special needs students• To involve busy parents from home• To watch conference presentations
Why Should Teachers Use Skype? • To collaborate with other teachers • To keep in contact with former students • To teach about foreign culture and language • To catch up students who have been ill • To creatively present performances
Skype Reflection Just like Twitter, I have never used Skype nor did Irealize how many awesome uses it can have for a teacherand his or her students. I feel like Skype would be the mostuseful social network that I have covered because it allowsfor so many different things in the classroom. There were acouple things in the article that I could never have evenimagined such as online field trips and connecting withspecial needs students. Unfortunately, Skype is the leastaccessible social network because it requires a webcamwhile Facebook and Twitter require only a computer orsimply a cell phone with internet access.
Twitter SourceCole, Sonja. (2009, June 04). 25 ways to teach withTwitter. Retrieved fromhttp://www.techlearning.com/article/20896
Facebook SourceMathews, B. (2010, October 07). Using Facebook andother social media as a teaching tool. Retrieved from http://www.dessci.com/en/company/training/misc/mathtype_with_social_media.pdf
Skype Source50 awesome ways to use Skype in the classroom.(2011). Retrieved from http://www.teachingdegree.org/2009/06/30/50-awesome- ways-to-use-skype-in-the-classroom/
Conclusion I hope you enjoyed my PowerPoint covering thethree most popular social networks being integrated intothe classroom. Hopefully I was not the only one wholearned something. With life advancing in so manydirections around us, it is silly to assume that classroomlife should not advance as well. Hopefully in the closeyears to come, some of these social networks make it intocollege classrooms more frequently and become moreaccessible to enter high school and junior high school