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Social Networking and Education


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Presentation on social networking, its history and its role as an educational tool, presented by Andy Carvin to the University of Maryland/Baltimore's School of Nursing.

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  • @egragert Do you mean 'effect change', rather than 'affect change'?
    I am at a loss to understand the hype about Social Networking and/or Social Media. It comes across as marketing rhetoric - nothing more profound. Digital technology simply provides another 'way' or medium through which people can communicate. In terms of education, people learn in a variety of ways, and the essence of quality education is not the medium which affords the communication, but the quality of what is being conveyed. In the early days of computing a catch-acronym was GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out). This continues to be highly relevant in education today.
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  • Hello, We want to use social media to engage these people in conversation and tell them about our product and our vision. We want to engage these bloggers, teachers, managers on their blogs, on their social media channels and communicate across to them. We want to utilize web 2.0 technologies to implement a collaboration/communication platform that schools, classrooms, teachers, parents, and students can use. Microblogs, blogs, and wikis are currently the weapons of choice for tech-savvy educators. We need to introduce to them a better way of collaborating and sharing information. Education social networking is the best for your class. It helps to connect with your teachers and students and communicate with your class.
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  • Hi Andy, There are few in this country like yourself who know how far connective technologies in education have come over the past 20+ years. Even though the technologies have changed since the 300 baud modems of the late 1980s, the value of their ability to bring people together to learn together and affect change in teaching and learning is just as important in 2010.



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  • This SlideShare has great information about the history of social networking. Andy Carvin did a nice job on putting it together.
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  • Big Sky telegraph. Now that takes me back!

    It's worth noting that Big Sky was a BBS-based system, which meant they were using modems and tele[hone lines, and hence, paying long distance.
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Social Networking and Education

  1. 1. Social Networking in Education Andy Carvin NPR Digital Media [email_address]
  2. 2. About This Presentation <ul><li>Defining social media and social networks </li></ul><ul><li>A (revisionist) history of social networking’s educational roots </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks and education </li></ul><ul><li>Where it’s (maybe) going next </li></ul>
  3. 3. About Me <ul><li>Social Media Strategist for NPR </li></ul><ul><li>Former director, Digital Divide Network </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger, PBS </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger, </li></ul><ul><li>DC correspondent, Rocketboom </li></ul>
  4. 4. What’s Social Media? Digital tools & services that allow people to: <ul><li>Publish and share content </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with others </li></ul><ul><li>Form communities of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Provide added value and context to knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>AKA Web 2.0, the Read/Write Web, etc </li></ul>
  5. 5. What’s a Social Network? <ul><li>Podcasting Folksonomies Rating Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Vlogging Geotags Aggregation </li></ul><ul><li>discussions personas blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging Instant Messaging social voting </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Reviews Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>… and a whole lot more </li></ul>
  6. 6. What’s a Social Network? <ul><li>discussions personas blogs </li></ul>
  7. 7. Personas <ul><li>A personal user profile </li></ul><ul><li>User name, photo, bio </li></ul><ul><li>Personal interests </li></ul><ul><li>Their contributions to the network </li></ul><ul><li>Comments from other participants </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Facebook </li></ul>
  8. 8. Discussions <ul><li>Bulletin boards where users start topics </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-featured discussion groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News announcements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content sharing (links, photos, video, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Example: I (heart) NPR </li></ul>
  9. 9. Blogs <ul><li>Simple (or complex) publishing tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook’s “ news feed ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DDN Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>May just contain text </li></ul><ul><li>Many tools allow “user-generated content” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Youtube : a video social network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr : a photo social network (primarily) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The Birth of Social Networks? <ul><li>Friendster (2002) </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace (2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook (2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Bebo (2005) </li></ul><ul><li>But social networks can trace their roots </li></ul><ul><li>to the Net’s earliest online communities - </li></ul><ul><li>and have a long educational heritage.... </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Early Days: USENET <ul><li>Distributed bulletin board system </li></ul><ul><li>Conceived of in 1979 </li></ul><ul><li>Contained thousands of forums, or newsgroups </li></ul><ul><li>Messages were threaded </li></ul><ul><li>Hugely popular at universities – they had access! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Email Discussion Lists <ul><li>Developed in 1970s </li></ul><ul><li>Forwarding email messages to a group of people </li></ul><ul><li>Listserv launched in 1986 </li></ul><ul><li>Popular in education community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EDTECH (1989) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LM_NET (1992) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WWWEDU (1994) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Cleveland FreeNet One of the First “Community Networks” <ul><li>’ 84: “St. Silicon’s Hospital” at Case Western </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic community helpline </li></ul><ul><li>’ 86: Becomes Cleveland Freenet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Messaging system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Kiosk” news space </li></ul></ul>/ WELCOME TO THE... _! !_ _!__ __!_ __ ! ! _! !_ ! ! ! ! ! ! / ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !___ ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !_!_ ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! _! ! !_!_ ! ! !_ ! ! !_! ! ! ! ! ! CLEVELAND FREE-NET ! ! COMMUNITY COMPUTER SYSTEM ! !____________________________________!
  14. 14. FrEdMail and Global SchoolHouse <ul><li>Created in 1985 by Al Rogers of San Diego Office of Education; Free Education Mail </li></ul><ul><li>Store-and-forward email system </li></ul><ul><li>Used at 12,000 schools </li></ul><ul><li>Became </li></ul><ul><li>Pioneered student-generated content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NewsDay: student newswire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CyberFair: student-made community edu resources </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. IEARN : The International Education and Resource Network <ul><li>1988: Originally a Cold War-era collaboration between 24 schools in New York and Russia </li></ul><ul><li>Grew into a network of 20,000+ schools in </li></ul><ul><li>115 countries </li></ul><ul><li>More than 150 online projects worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Projects all teacher- or student-generated </li></ul>
  16. 16. Big Sky Telegraph <ul><li>Launched in 1988 by Frank Odasz </li></ul><ul><li>Based at Western Montana College </li></ul><ul><li>Distance learning network for rural educators </li></ul><ul><li>Online course materials initially </li></ul><ul><li>Later incorporated bulletin board, collaborative workspaces, messaging, etc </li></ul>
  17. 17. Tapped In <ul><li>Launched by SRI in 1997 </li></ul><ul><li>Online community for educators </li></ul><ul><li>Educators can open virtual offices </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct real-time “office hours” </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual professional development activities </li></ul>
  18. 18. TakingITGlobal <ul><li>Launched in 2000 by a pair of college students </li></ul><ul><li>One of the first true social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on global development </li></ul><ul><li>Users create profiles, participate in topical or geographic projects </li></ul><ul><li>Projects attempt to affect intl policy </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 200,000 participants worldwide </li></ul><ul><li> : TIG projects for educators </li></ul>
  19. 19. Social Networking in Education: What Tools Make Sense? <ul><li>Youtube 101 (no, I’m not kidding) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook education apps : 1600+, but any good? </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: chemistry groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bad example: Dungeons/Mastering Chemistry Solutions (Ryerson U. Study Group) </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. DIY Social Networking Tools A More Productive Option? <ul><li>Tools that allow users to create social networks from scratch </li></ul><ul><li>More control, flexibility than Facebook et al </li></ul><ul><li>Public and open or private and invite-only </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosts hundreds of thousands of social networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom 2.0 , Stop Cyberbullying </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Using DIY Social Networks <ul><li>Private networks for individual courses </li></ul><ul><li>Cross collaboration with other courses, schools </li></ul><ul><li>Officially sanctioned study groups </li></ul><ul><li>Publicly accessible social networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasizing authentic assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student contributions addressing community goals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional development networks </li></ul>
  22. 22. Up and Coming: Cross-Platform Networks <ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Utterz </li></ul><ul><li>Seesmic and </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  23. 23. Twitter <ul><li>Cross-platform group messaging service </li></ul><ul><li>“ Microblogging” </li></ul><ul><li>Example: me </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile-friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for continuous conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps students connected - too connected? </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps teachers connected! </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>A “mobcasting” network </li></ul><ul><li>Users post podcasts via voicemail </li></ul><ul><li>Follow other users, reply with voicemails </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing audio conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of educator interest, though few good examples in practice </li></ul>
  25. 25. Real-Time Video Social Networks <ul><li>Allow users to post short videos </li></ul><ul><li>Video clips as a form of conversation </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>New twist: live mobile video via </li></ul>
  26. 26. Opportunities <ul><li>DIY social networks have clearest potential as educational tools, greatest flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Newer audio/video social networks hold promise, but are largely untested </li></ul><ul><li>Today’s students generally comfortable in social networking environment </li></ul>
  27. 27. Challenges <ul><li>Students expect online social networks to be social, not necessarily educational </li></ul><ul><li>How do you keep things running smoothly? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defining goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staying on topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear participation rules – a public charter </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Overcoming Fears <ul><li>Online threats – how real are they? </li></ul><ul><li>Predator Panic: The Dateline NBC Effect </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping threats in perspective </li></ul><ul><li>The filtering dilemma </li></ul><ul><li>The Byron Review </li></ul>
  29. 29. Thanks! Andy Carvin NPR Digital Media [email_address]