Harnessing the Power
of Social Networks for
       Learning
What’s a social
 network?
Yes, but... in the
  classroom?
Writing in the 21st
     Century
authentic audience
personalization
collaboration
anywhere anytime
    learning
authentic audience

personalization
                     ENGAGEMENT
collaboration

anywhere anytime
learning
but Facebook...?
Ning
online platform that
allows you to create
   your own social
      network
Examples
The Great Gatsby
Issues
I h8 U
How to set up a Ning
Getting your Ning
   sponsored
Alternatives to Ning
Schoology
Groups
Grouply
Links
•   My blog posts evaluating   •   Writing in the 21st
    different social               Century
    networking sit...
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
Harnessing the power of social networks for learning
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  • Introductions and background
  • Show thumbs up=limited knowledge, some knowledge, lots of knowledge

    How many people have facebook accounts, have kids who have facebook accounts.

    There are lots of different types of social networking sites; facebook is just one example
  • Common Craft video. Great source for all kinds of videos explaining things like blogging, Twitter, even zombies in a very clear way.

  • So you might be wondering though why you might consider using social networking in the classroom.
  • Article by Kathleen Blake Yancey on the changing attitudes toward writing over the past 100 years. Historically, while reading was often linked to pleasure, writing was often linked to labour, testing, conveying bad news. Now with web 2.0 technology there are so many different platforms for writers: chat, email, text messages, social networks, blogging, even news sites.
  • Yancey concludes that the way we teach writing needs to be more authentic. Students need to have a real audience for their writing, not just teachers. When they know they can write a comment on youtube that the whole world can see, writing something that only the teacher sees seems like “school work”
  • Yancey doesn’t specifically discuss this aspect of writing but in terms of authentic writing experiences, students are used to being able to customize and personalize their communication experiences on the web. Social networking sites allow them to do this
  • Writing is no longer an isolated experience for many young people. Students collaborate in many online environments. Vygotsky talks about how students lean from more capable peers. This also fits with the idea of balanced literacy. Students do better when they have a chance to practice skills with their peers before they have to do it independently.
  • Young people are used to being able to access information anytime anywhere, thanks not only to the internet but to mobile devices such as cell phones, PSPs, and iPod touches.


  • We’ve all heard horror stories of young people (and heck even teachers) posting inappropriate pictures on facebook. I would argue that rather than ban facebook, we need to be teaching students how to behave appropriately online. One way we can do that is to create an online environment that mimics facebook but gives us more control. Think of it as training wheels for Facebook. There are lots of options for this. I’m going to talk about the one I’m most familiar with using, but I’ll also talk about some other options














  • Cyberbullying is a very big concern among parents and teachers. Students don’t bully each other because of technology. If we take the technology away, it won’t stop the behaviour. Instead we should educate students about why bullying is harmful and how to respond to online and face to face bullies.
    Also the partial anonymity of a site like Ning where students use their real names can lead to really positive and supportive interaction. Students feel freer to take positive risks like supporting a student they might not normally engage with.

  • Providing really clear instructions helps keep students on task. Monitors off. Using netsupport.
  • Discuss importance of audience and purpose. You’re not going to see perfect grammar and spelling on my sites. While I do deduct marks for improper spelling and grammar, this is informal writing so I don’t them to get so hung up on it that they don’t write. They know who they’re writing for and why.
  • Shyness.
  • Privacy settings
  • Boundaries. Many teachers are concerned about engaging with students in online environment. Guidelines: keep interaction professional. CC messages to dept head or principal, tell students what you will and will not use email for and stick to it.OSSTF advises members to maintain exemplary professional conduct, keep copies of email. Maintain a professional tone. Use your work email, not personal email.
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  • Harnessing the power of social networks for learning

    1. 1. Harnessing the Power of Social Networks for Learning
    2. 2. What’s a social network?
    3. 3. Yes, but... in the classroom?
    4. 4. Writing in the 21st Century
    5. 5. authentic audience
    6. 6. personalization
    7. 7. collaboration
    8. 8. anywhere anytime learning
    9. 9. authentic audience personalization ENGAGEMENT collaboration anywhere anytime learning
    10. 10. but Facebook...?
    11. 11. Ning
    12. 12. online platform that allows you to create your own social network
    13. 13. Examples
    14. 14. The Great Gatsby
    15. 15. Issues
    16. 16. I h8 U
    17. 17. How to set up a Ning
    18. 18. Getting your Ning sponsored
    19. 19. Alternatives to Ning
    20. 20. Schoology
    21. 21. Groups
    22. 22. Grouply
    23. 23. Links • My blog posts evaluating • Writing in the 21st different social Century networking sites • Blog self evaluation • Grouply • danika.barker1@tvdsb.on.ca • Grou.ps • Ning • How to get Pearson to sponsor your Ning

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