Social Media in the Classroom and The Social Media Classroom Terri Simoneau-Berquez Clark University Worcester, Massachusetts SMMC SU 2010 [email_address]
Our SMMC class
A powerful example
Resources made available
Our SMMC Class: Tools
Cicada, powered by Moodle
Ideas, daring, encouraging, mentoring
It was odd at first, seeing people's pictures and 'blogging', as I have never participated in this kind of forum before, but I found that I liked it, I felt more like I knew my fellow classmates than in other classes. - student comment after participating in physical classroom that included a blog component
A real-life learning paradigm
Teacher is a facilitator
Skills immediately put into action
Collaborative learning, mentoring, emulation and confidence-building
Differing perspectives, interests, levels of expertise
Community 81% of students surveyed reported the use of a social media tool created a sense of community in class. 83% of students surveyed reported the use of the blogs and comments was an effective discussion tool. (Macfarlane, Molina, Pacansky-Brock, 2008)
Blogs: Best Practices establish “community groundrules” • hold students accountable to them • participate in the community, modeling these defined behaviors • students will feel safe, ensured that they’re working with shared values and goals
Social Media Classrooms Mean: Learner Teacher And Learner-Learner
Internet Use RANK Category Share of Time June 2010 Share of Time June 2009 % Change in Share of Time 1 Social Networks 22.7% 15.8% 43% 2 Online Games 10.2% 9.3% 10% 3 E-mail 8.3% 11.5% – 28% 4 Portals 4.4% 5.5% – 19% 5 Instant Messaging 4.0% 4.7% – 15% 6 Videos/Movies 3.9% 3.5% 12% 7 Search 3.5% 3.4% 1% 8 Software Manufacturers 3.3% 3.3% 0% 9 Multi-category Entertainment 2.8% 3.0% – 7% 10 Classifieds/Auctions 2.7% 2.7% – 2% Other 34.3% 37.3% – 8%
Objectives for SM in the K- 12 Classroom
their digital footprint they leave matters (Facebook, etc.)
they can be a force in the world; their voice can matter
teach kids to be socially responsible
teach them for learning
Teaching Social Responsibility Examples:
the Internet" can't "fix politics"—people will have to do it, by challenging power relationships. Social media can serve as a tool in that process, she said, but people have to do the heavy lifting, by being authentic in their online interactions, cross-pollinating conversation across social boundaries, and embracing empathy.
danger that the energy we’re capable of summoning through social media will dissipate if we don’t learn from experienced, seasoned activists and build strategies that figure out who to target and why, not just novel new ways to gain attention
Civic Media's open source project allows companies, consumers and government to trace the global supply chain and carbon footprint of particular commercial products.
What is Social Good?
Most define it as a good or service that benefits the largest number of people in the largest possible way .
Today's model is not limited to massive nonprofits or peacekeeping missions; it can come from anywhere, from an individual with a YouTube account all the way to a big-budget business.
instead define social good as the benefit a social network creates for those outside its constituents
Today's Undergrad Profile • Socialize face-to-face and online • 95% of 18-24 year olds use a social network (70% daily) • Create & share online content • 45% share videos online (YouTube) • 42% contribute content to wikis • 37% contribute to blogs • 35% use podcasts • Have immediate access to information • 86% own a cell phone • 51% own a hand held internet device Source: Smith, Salaway, Borreson Caruso. ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and IT , 2009. http:// www.educause.edu/ecar
Social Media Tools for the Classroom a) practical
social bookmarking, discussions, wikis, blogging, file sharing
Examples at University-level Jeff Jarvis: professor at the City University of New York
class on using social media for newsgathering
graduate level class in the Graduate School of Journalism
teaches students that they can use real-time searches to find breaking news — and to find comments on that breaking news.
Examples of social media search used in class include Twitter, FriendFeed, Scoopler and SearchMerge, which allows you to search several sites in real time at the same time
Stanford and Facebook
providing access to faculty and student projects.
students looking for inspiration for projects can see videos, pictures and other previously done projects.
easier to search for news and research being done at Stanford
The university has multiple pages, making it easy to locate information
Stanford University also offers Facebook office hours, at which time faculty is available to answer questions on Facebook.
Created by students a t the Medill School of Journalism
pulls local, national and global news from a variety of sources.
places for users to connect, integration with Facebook, letter-writing opportunities and quip-sharing
basically a social network created by the students.
Twitter Scavenger Hunt Game-oriented learning Students compete to find resources, and be the first to post to Twitter.
TechWiki Class Q & A forum
E-learning consultants need to partner with IT, Corporate Communication, and HR strategists to weave social media into learning strategies. (Wilkins) Professional Training
Professional Training Examples
Intel Corporation has adopted wiki technologies as the backbone of an informal knowledge management initiative
· Sun Microsystems encourages everyone in the company to blog, with just a simple set of guidelines on what to share · Ace Hardware uses discussion boards and profiles to share domain expertise between locations with zero vetting or controls, other than the opinion and feedback of peers · Best Buy is using a combination of social technologies, including Idea Sharing tools and even Prediction Markets, to empower its front-line workers to share ideas, network, and collaborate In each of these cases, the learning organizations were on the outside looking in as these initiatives were launched (Wilkins) .
The Social Media Classroom a) on-line learning (Moodle and the like) b) custom social networks (Ning) c) stand-alone or embedded threads (Voicethread)
SM: Why and How? WHY? added human dimension HOW? components of platforms social bookmarking Discussions wikis file-sharing blogging, microblogging RSS Widgets Video conferencing
Instead of «social networking »
social and collaborative platforms
social learning environments or
networks or communities
(much more acceptable and accepted by senior managers)
SMC Properties applications are available from navigational tabs at the top of a personalized start page upon login that aggregates their own different posts to the various parts of the site.
The Social Media Classroom
Social Media Classroom www.socialmediaclassroom.com
References - 2/2 Online Learning in the Social Web Michelle Pacansky-Brock email : email@example.com blog : http://mpbreflections.blogspot.com ______________________ http://bestonlineuniversities.com/2009/ 13-enlightening-case-studies-of-social-media-in-the-classroom/