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Embracing Social Media in the Classroom: Why? Why not? How? Valerie Lopes, PhD Advancing Learning Conference Thursday May 26th, 2011 Lambton College
Agenda• Setting the context• What is social media• Guiding Principles for using Social Media• Considerations for Integrating Social Media in the curriculum
Learning ObjectivesAt the end of this session you will be able to:• Describe Social Media• Discuss some ways that it may be used in the classroom• Discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages to using social media for teaching and learning• Identify the preliminary steps to implementing social media into curriculum delivery
Setting the context ― ―Just as print technologies and literacies shaped theEnlightenment, the social media technologies and literacieswill shape the cognitive, social and cultural environments of the 21st century‖… Harold RheingoldWhats most important is not access to the Internet — we have more than abillion people on the Internet now and there are over 4 billion phones in use— but access to knowledge and literacies for the digital age.The ability to know has suddenly become the ability to search and the ability to sift and discern.
Who are our learners?The claims about the net generation fall into three categories:• their widespread and intensive use of digital technologies;• the impact of this use on how this generation accesses and uses information, how they interact socially, and how they learn;• the unique behavioural characteristics and learning styles of this generation.With the exception of the first category a review of the popular andacademic literature shows that there is no empirical support for the mostprevalent claims in the other two categories and methodologically soundresearch contradicts this claim.
Our learners….• ―Digital learners in higher education – Generation is not the issue‖ – Mark Bullen, Tanis Morgan, Adnan Qayyum – Canadian Journal of Learning and TechnologyStudents born before and after 1982 are not significantlydifferent in how they learnTHIS IS NOT AN ARGUMENT FOR MAINTAINING THESTATUS QUO ….what it means is that we MUST:Avoid the temptation to base our decisions on generationalstereotypes
Generation is not the issue – CONTEXT is…• Seek deeper understandings of how students (all of us) are using technology and what role it plays in learning and teaching• Identify the issues associated with both social and educational uses of social media – and resist the urge to make institutional wide decisions that may not be appropriate for all subjects/programs/groups of learners• Find technologies/social media tools that are specific to context and content
Social Media – defined?WikipediaSocial media is the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication intointeractive dialogueJoe ThornlySocial media are online communications in which we shift instantly and easily between therole of audience and creator – without needing to know how to code. We do this by usingsocial software that incorporates functions like publishing, sharing, friending, commenting,linking and taggingChartered Institute or Public Relations - UKSocial media is the term commonly given to Internet and mobile-based channels and toolsthat allow users to interact with each other and share opinions and content. As the nameimplies, social media involves the building of communities or networks and encouragingparticipation and engagement
Let’s take a look…• Social Media Explained Visually
What is social media?Includes the various online technology tools that enable people to shareinformation and resources – text, audio, video, images, podcasts and othermultimedia communications – It’s all in the clouds…. It’s all about Communication
Social Networks• Redefine communities, friends, citizenship, identity, presence, privacy, geography• Enable learning, communication, sharing, collaboration, community• Networks form around shared interests and objects
The challengeHow do we make learning so interesting that we engagelearners in more ways that what’s in/on their laptops, mobilephones, ipads, playbooks, android devices?How do we learn to teach in ways in which we never learned to learn?
A new way of communicating• education that acknowledges the full impact of networked publics and digital media must recognize a whole new way of looking at learning and teaching….Henry Jenkins• This is not just about using new tools in the classroom – it is about adopting new ways of teaching and learning and living and being….. ……..that’s what so difficult….
Why use social media? Why use anything in the classroom?It depends…What do you want to do?• Deliver information in a virtual space• Broadcast information• Extend the classroom• Collectively share and gather resources (co-construct knowledge)• Increase access• Enhance dialogue• Share information• Assess learning• Create a virtual social space• Explore new ways for students to express themselves and be creative
Effective uses of Social Media It’s all about Communication Collaboration: Shared documentSocial Bookmarking Synchronous and creation asynchronous ContentStreaming media – communities Real time videos, audio Commenting, networking reviewing, reflecting
Uses for social media• Collaborating • Reviewing• Moderating • Questioning• Negotiating • Replying• Debating • Posting and Blogging• Commenting • Networking• Meeting • Contributing• Skyping • Chatting• Video conferencing • Twittering• Texting • Microblogging• Broadcasting • Instant Messaging
Social Media in the classroom• Conduct Office Hours via Skype • Use Foursquare for students to check in at assigned locations• Use Twitter hash tags to organize weekly discussions • Debate a topic using CreateDebate• Use Social Bookmarking to Note • Create a course Wiki for study notes Important Sites for Learning • Write a review of a book or restaurant• Create a Class Group Page on on Amazon or Yelp Facebook• Use Google Docs for Group Work and • Use Google Earth or Google Maps to Collaboration Explore Cities or Regions of the World• Use Skype to Bring in a Guest • Have students create blogs to journal Speaker (and record the talk) and display work• Digital Literacy • Media Literacy 100 Inspiring Ways to use Social Media in the Classroom
Challenges/Major Concerns – The Why Nots • Reluctant Students • Time Requirements • Buy in • Reluctance from others • Multiple Log-ins and • Learning the necessary skills Passwords • Multiple systems • Many choices • Relevance • Institution’s Acceptable Use Policy • Digital Bling • Online Safety and Security • Miscommunication
Protect your Identity Online• Think before you click!• Know who your friends are.• Pay attention to privacy settings.• Avoid disclosing your location.• Don’t share your password and change it regularly.• Trust your instincts.• Be ultra-careful with your SIN.• Protect your e-mail address.• Protect your privacy, as well as your friends’ privacy .• Be discreet.
The Path to Implementation Identify the Objective Redesign Explore the Tools Think in terms of desired outcomes first, and then find the Design theRevise tool that can aid in Task/ reaching those Assignment outcomes. Explain in Class Reflect Detailed Guidelines Assess the Outcomes
Thank you for listeningValerie Lopes – firstname.lastname@example.org 416-491-5050 x 2111
Resources• Centre for Learning and Performance Technology – Social Learning Tools 2011• Skype in the Classroom• Examples of educational wikis• Directory of Learning Tools – 2011• Twitter Basics – Video
Resources• Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada• Ten Guiding Principles for the use of Technology in Learning – Contact North• Ontario College of Teachers - Professional Advisory: Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media• Attention and Other 21st-Century Social Media Literacies
Resources• To Bloom or not to Bloom – probably the best explanation of Learning Objectives around• Bloom’s Cognitive Pyramid – using social media• Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy• Twelve Cognitive Processes that Underlie Learning