flyte school
GEORGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
SWEET, SWEET EDUCATION
TODAY’S OBJECTIVES
• Does social media help or hinder?
• Pros and cons of social media
• How is social media used in the c...
WHO IS THIS GUY?
THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION?
• To prepare children for citizenship
• To cultivate a skilled workforce
• To teach cultural lit...
THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION
THE NEW MISSION OF EDUCATION
DREAM JOBS
SIR KEN ROBINSON
FEARS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA?
USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR GOOD
THE MCAULEY GIRLS ON 207
THE POWER OF MINDSETS
To develop problem-solving and decision-
making skills, which are associated with
“personal control”...
THE POWER OF MINDSETS
To help children and teens view mistakes as
experiences from which to learn rather than
feel defeated
THE POWER OF MINDSETS
To provide children and teens with
opportunities to help others
TECH ADOPTION IN EDUCATION
FACEBOOK IN THE CLASSROOM
• Showcase for student projects
• Provide a “window” on the classroom for
parents
• Share events...
TWITTER IN THE CLASSROOM
• Tweet in character
• Allow students to participate via Twitter in
class discussions
• Follow ne...
INSTAGRAM IN THE CLASSROOM
• Record steps in a
science experiment
• Celebrate student work
• Share reading recommendations...
PINTEREST IN THE CLASSROOM
• Follow interesting boards
• Find loads of “printables”
• Look for grade-specific material
• H...
BLOGS IN THE CLASSROOM
• Instead of “essays”
• Encourage discussion and debate
• Student portfolios
BLOG PLATFORMS
• Wiggio
• Edmodo
• Edublogs
YOUTUBE IN THE CLASSROOM
• Have students create
videos for assignments
• Share educational videos for deeper
exploration
•...
PODCASTS IN THE CLASSROOM
• Record lectures or presentations
• Interview authors, artists or scientists
• Create radio sho...
WIKIS IN THE CLASSROOM
• Encourage collaboration
• Create a glossary
• Test preparation
SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM
• Talk to other classrooms
• “Go” on field trips
• Talk to authors
CELLPHONES IN THE CLASSROOM
• Reduce absenteeism
• Take photos and record video
• The “flipped” classroom
DOES SOCIAL MEDIA HELP?
• To prepare children for citizenship
• To cultivate a skilled workforce
• To teach cultural liter...
TAKEAWAYS
Social media can tap into students passionSocial media can tap into students passion
for learningfor learning
Pr...
SOCIAL MEDIA LAGNIAPPES
• takeflyte.com/pinterest-edu
• takeflyte.com/slides-edu
THANK YOU
@therichbrooks@therichbrooks
Rich BrooksRich Brooks
flyte new mediaflyte new media
takeflyte.comtakeflyte.com
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This is a presentation I did for the Center for Development & Learning's Plain Talk Conference, 4/28/2014.

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  • George Middle School sits in an urban, mostly poor section of northern Portland, Oregon. 92% of the students there are on free or reduced lunches. The school receives title 1 funding. The school suffers from chronic absenteeism. Students would rather stay in bed than go to a "boring", "loser" school as they described it.
    Under the No Child Left Behind act, the school had been labeled a failing school for longer than was permitted by law. 
    If you were teaching in a low-income school like this, how would you approach it? How would you engage--or re-engage--the natural passion for learning that is in every human being? 
    I'll share with you what Liz Delmatoff, the school's counselor and 7th grade teacher did. She leveraged social media platforms and the cellphones 75% of the students already owned to engage them. 
    Under Title 1, the school wasn't allowed to access Facebook or Twitter, because they are considered possible predator hangouts, according to the Children's Internet Protection Act. So instead, Liz went with Edmodo, to use with four classes. 
    Students began building websites. Writing blog posts. Creating videos. All about their assignments. And not just their regular assignments. 
    Delmatoff started a program called ExtraSpecial, where students could do extra assignments for no credit. Many of the projects utilized the students' smart phones for taking pictures and capturing video.
    With parent's permission, the school would also text chronically tardy students.
    What was the outcome? 
    20% of the students joined ExtraSpecial. Grades went up 50% Absenteeism was reduced by a 3rd, and for the first time in its HISTORY, the school met its adequate yearly progress goal for absenteeism.
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  • ASK: What is the purpose of education?
  • ASK audience
  • Personal control, sense of ownership, self-discipline, ability to handle and learn from mistakes
  • ASK: What is the purpose of education?
  • The Social Classroom: Using Social Media as an Aid in Education

    1. 1. flyte school
    2. 2. GEORGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
    3. 3. SWEET, SWEET EDUCATION
    4. 4. TODAY’S OBJECTIVES • Does social media help or hinder? • Pros and cons of social media • How is social media used in the classroom
    5. 5. WHO IS THIS GUY?
    6. 6. THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION? • To prepare children for citizenship • To cultivate a skilled workforce • To teach cultural literacy • To prepare students for college • To help students become critical thinkers • To help students compete in a global marketplace
    7. 7. THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION
    8. 8. THE NEW MISSION OF EDUCATION
    9. 9. DREAM JOBS
    10. 10. SIR KEN ROBINSON
    11. 11. FEARS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA?
    12. 12. USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR GOOD
    13. 13. THE MCAULEY GIRLS ON 207
    14. 14. THE POWER OF MINDSETS To develop problem-solving and decision- making skills, which are associated with “personal control” and a sense of ownership
    15. 15. THE POWER OF MINDSETS To help children and teens view mistakes as experiences from which to learn rather than feel defeated
    16. 16. THE POWER OF MINDSETS To provide children and teens with opportunities to help others
    17. 17. TECH ADOPTION IN EDUCATION
    18. 18. FACEBOOK IN THE CLASSROOM • Showcase for student projects • Provide a “window” on the classroom for parents • Share events and announcements
    19. 19. TWITTER IN THE CLASSROOM • Tweet in character • Allow students to participate via Twitter in class discussions • Follow news and reaction via Twitter • BONUS: Twitter will make you a better writer
    20. 20. INSTAGRAM IN THE CLASSROOM • Record steps in a science experiment • Celebrate student work • Share reading recommendations • Imagine what a character would post
    21. 21. PINTEREST IN THE CLASSROOM • Follow interesting boards • Find loads of “printables” • Look for grade-specific material • Have students find boards relevant to class projects
    22. 22. BLOGS IN THE CLASSROOM • Instead of “essays” • Encourage discussion and debate • Student portfolios
    23. 23. BLOG PLATFORMS • Wiggio • Edmodo • Edublogs
    24. 24. YOUTUBE IN THE CLASSROOM • Have students create videos for assignments • Share educational videos for deeper exploration • Create slideshows
    25. 25. PODCASTS IN THE CLASSROOM • Record lectures or presentations • Interview authors, artists or scientists • Create radio shows about subject matter
    26. 26. WIKIS IN THE CLASSROOM • Encourage collaboration • Create a glossary • Test preparation
    27. 27. SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM • Talk to other classrooms • “Go” on field trips • Talk to authors
    28. 28. CELLPHONES IN THE CLASSROOM • Reduce absenteeism • Take photos and record video • The “flipped” classroom
    29. 29. DOES SOCIAL MEDIA HELP? • To prepare children for citizenship • To cultivate a skilled workforce • To teach cultural literacy • To prepare students for college • To help students become critical thinkers • To help students compete in a global marketplace
    30. 30. TAKEAWAYS Social media can tap into students passionSocial media can tap into students passion for learningfor learning Proven track recordProven track record How can you use social media?How can you use social media?
    31. 31. SOCIAL MEDIA LAGNIAPPES • takeflyte.com/pinterest-edu • takeflyte.com/slides-edu
    32. 32. THANK YOU @therichbrooks@therichbrooks Rich BrooksRich Brooks flyte new mediaflyte new media takeflyte.comtakeflyte.com
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