Social Media for Educators


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Presentation for the Media Educators of America 2012, on appropriate ways educators can use Social Media in the Classroom. Includes incredible amount of link outs to additional resources.

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Social Media for Educators

  1. 1. Social Media in the Classroom Don Goble follow me on Twitter @dgoble2001 Presentation from MEOA 2011
  2. 2. Twitter & Facebook for teachers Why should teachers care?
  3. 3. This is where our kids LIVE! Educators & classes should too...On the surface, 140 characters on as a message onTwitter may seem ridiculous, but.....@AmNotWhatIAm@ladueview@LaduePanoramaHow Are Colleges Using Social Media [Infographic]@ICTV_16
  4. 4. What is TwitterThe crew at explain it for us.
  5. 5. Click the image to view siteTwitter video from
  6. 6. Why create a Facebook Fan page?1 Student & Teacher Engagement2 Student & Teacher Motivation3 Student & Teaching Strategies4 Student &Teaching tips5 Appropriate digital literacy 50 Reasons to Invite Facebook into your Classroom
  7. 7. Key questions for Twitter & Facebook1. What are the top reasons to use social media in the classroom?2. How has social media helped me professionally?3. What sage advice do I have for educators wanting to use socialmedia?4. Who would be the top 5 people you’d recommend others to followon Twitter?
  8. 8. Why Twitter & Facebook?•Connection * Why Use Twitter (video) * Facebook for Educators (video)•Collaboration•Collegiality•Information•Fun•All of these = ProfessionalDevelopment & Student Engagement
  9. 9. To Connect
  10. 10. •Link with people around world with similarinterests/global connection = PLN•Participate in conversations with othereducators•Other teachers/educators have same vision forenhancing teaching/learning in their classrooms
  11. 11. •Connection for isolated people(location/job)•Keep my thinking fresh by extending myprofessional network•Interactwith people I would notnormally have the chance to connectwith•Participating in global conversations
  12. 12. Collaboration & Collegiality
  13. 13. •Discussions, controversies, new thinking•Putting concerns into a global/better context•Sharing victories and disasters/low points•Support when looking for new ideas•24/7 access to collaborators
  14. 14. Information
  15. 15. •What’s the latest Journalism trend•Asking and answering questions•Sharing tips and resources•Staying up-to-date•Finding/making recommendations•Problem-solving
  16. 16. •Wider audience for class/student blogs•Post assignments for students•Set reminders, deadlines or class announcements•Highlight student work that you published to theweb: articles, blogs, videos•Promote your student television show or journalismprogram•Communicate with parents
  17. 17. •Keep up to date with what’s happening in theworld - The Presidential Election•Breaking news - Bin Laden/Plane in theHudson•Keep in touch with what is happening in theoutside world - especially important forpeople free-lancing, a skill our students willNEED to seize!
  18. 18. Social/Fun reasons
  19. 19. •Give Quizzes on Twitter•Note-taking/Highlights @ conferences•Sharing memorable and humorous events•Interest, curiosity•Personal - friends & family, hobbies
  20. 20. How does it help me professionally?
  21. 21. •Participatein ‘unofficial’ PD - The bestprofessional development I have ever receivedhas occurred on Twitter•Keepsme in touch with the outstanding rolemodels in our (global) education system•Difficult to find funds to attend professionaldev. workshops - depend on Twitter, Facebook& peers to learn and grow•Able to tear down the walls of my classroom& give my students a chance to connect withpeople around the world
  22. 22. •Findinformation & resources to use withstudents & colleagues•Truenetworking with teachers around theworld•Twitter is the first place I go to when I have aproblem or need inspiration
  23. 23. •I’ve ‘stolen’ and used many ideas in thecurriculum or own personal life; made friends;shared my own ideas; collaborated withothers; reflected on my own practice andmore•Twitterprovides hands on tech support -questions are ALWAYS answered•Get a job through social media - contacts, etc
  24. 24. Who should I follow on Twitter
  25. 25. • @dgoble2001 Hashtags to follow • @jeadigitalmedia #MEOA • @manfull #powerofvideo • @rmbyrne #medialiteracy #JEADM • @LarryJordanFCP #HSMedia #journchat100 Twitter Accounts EveryJournalism Student Should Follow #edtech
  26. 26. Sage advice for newbies on Twitter From newbies
  27. 27. •Have fun•Don’t try to follow too many people•Get involved•Just start•Connect with educators•Have a code of conduct for yourself•Enjoy the spirit of the community•Make connections with people with similar interests•Lurk/Listen/Question
  28. 28. •Tweet your lesson ideas•Add web link & some info about you in your bio•Give yourself time to develop connections•Find someone you know/trust to follow first - thenfollow people they follow•Remember what you say stays online!•Jump in & connect = Don’t quit!
  29. 29. Sage advice for newbies on Facebook Fan Page From newbies
  30. 30. Workflow for your class•Start small•Create the account with your student leaders•Place a student in charge of managing it•Don’t feel like you have to be the expert•Don’t feel like you have to have a personal page•You don’t need to friend anyone
  31. 31. Final words
  32. 32. Prepare for College• According to a new study by UMass Dartmouth, 100% of colleges and universities surveyed are using some form of social media.• Read more here
  33. 33. •Don’t worry if people don’t follow you back•Don’tworry if it takes a long time to ‘get’ - just abouteveryone says that•Visit the Blogger’s Cafes at conferences to meet upwith people•Join the conversations•140 characters leads to tight, focussedwriting/thinking•Don’t worry about ROI for students Poem Next
  34. 34. Impact of Social Media on Journalism - videoSocial Media Trends in Journalism - video15 Examples Worth Learning From - articleWays to have a social media presence for your staff when your high school says ‘No - articleJEADigitalMedia Social Media Tips for High School Programs - guideSocial Media and Journalism - (video) Can we afford NOT to use in media education?
  35. 35. Prepare for Real World Media = Journalism Jobs!
  36. 36. Poll the #PLN Twitter The Power of a PLN blog post & comments LinkedInCBS Anchor & Reporter
  37. 37. Student reporters cover the Presidential debate....... on social media!
  38. 38. @dgoble2001 @LadueViewShow Ladue View Show
  39. 39. Let’s get started and sign-up!Go to or to begin
  40. 40. Free Tutorial on STEP by STEP process Videos include: Signing Up for Twitter Following People on Twitter Exploring on Twitter How to Tweet
  41. 41. Free Tutorial on STEP by STEP process Videos include: Setting up a Facebook account Understanding Privacy on Facebook Setting Your Privacy on Facebook Creating a Profile on Facebook Finding Friends on Facebook Sharing the Facebook Timelime Understanding Your News Feed on Facebook Uploading Photos & Videos on Facebook
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  43. 43. Excellent Links for the Beginner Twitter’s Language Educational Hash Tags The Twitter Experiment (video) Twitter for Beginners Establishing a Twitter Routine for the Classroom Facebook in Education Facebook for Beginners100 Updated Ways to Use Facebook in the Classroom Don Goble’s guide to Social Media in the Classroom
  44. 44. Time Savers!TweetDeck Tutorial #1 HootSuite Tutorial #1TweetDeck Tutorial #2 HootSuite Tutorial #2Twuffer Tutorial #1 Buffer Tutorial #1Twuffer Tutorial #2 Buffer Tutorial #2 KipptTwitter Lists BottlenoseTweetcaster
  45. 45. Social Media & Journalism TodayGuardian open journalism: Three Little Pigs click the image to view the video