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Education Is Now Social


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Twitter has over 500 million users. It's easy to claim that the platform is here to stay (well, until the next big thing, of course). Your students are using it. Your colleagues are using it. Your vendors are using it. But how can you effectively use it as a classroom and a professional development tool?

There is much to be learned from Twitter, and we will discuss how you can use Twitter to educate both your students, as well how best to leverage Twitter to your needs.

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Education Is Now Social

  1. 1. Education is Now SocialLeveraging Twitter to engage studentsand expand your professionalknowledge
  2. 2. Who We Are, What We DoEasyBib is an intuitiveinformation literacyplatform, with websiteevaluation, research, notetaking and citation tools.Emily Gover, MSIS Caity Selleck, MLISResearchReady is a cloud-based instructional andassessment platform thatteaches students importantcritical thinking andinformation literacy skills.
  3. 3. In the Classroom
  4. 4. Comfort LevelsWhat do teens share on social media?• 91% post photos• 71% post city/town of residence• 53% post their email address• 20% share their cell phone numbers"Teens, Social Media, and Privacy." Pew Research Centers Internet & American Life Project.
  5. 5. Student Success“Social networking sites serve as an integralmode of communication for middle schoolstudents.”"Teacher Tweets Improve Achievement for Eighth Grade Science Students." Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics & Informatics.Middle schoolstudents usesocial media atleast 2x per week.60%Use socialmedia2x+/wk.
  6. 6. Direct Correlation"Teacher Tweets Improve Achievement for Eighth Grade Science Students." Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics & Informatics.TwitterUseTest PerformanceReminders about:• Homework assignments• Test dates• Study guides
  7. 7. Encourage ParticipationCollege professor used Twitter to:• Create live stream of discussion• Encourage participation• Connect students directly during classCould also serve as a “catch-up”option for missed classes."Twitter Takes a Trip to College." U.S. News & World Report.
  8. 8. Classroom Hashtag Chat• Create unique name for hashtag• Not #eng103• But #eng103SBU• Have students follow your account forupdates (required or optional)• Retweet questions from students (and reply)• Hold class discussions“Social Media in Online Higher Education: Implementing Live Twitter Chat Discussion Sessions." Online College.
  9. 9. Primary SourcesLocate quotes from public figures to useas primary source in research
  10. 10. Verified AccountsDetermine authority by looking forTwitter’s Verified iconVerified Accounts(identified by this blueicon) “establishauthenticity ofidentities on Twitter.”“FAQs about Verified Accounts.” Twitter Help Center.
  11. 11. Track Public Opinion• National events, suchas the State of theUnion, can be trackedby hashtags• Gather opinions fromreporters, public figuresand the general public
  12. 12. Track Breaking NewsOpportunity to:• Evaluate news sources• Collect primarysources/first-hand accounts• Compare conflictinginformation• Discuss pros/cons ofbreaking news via socialmedia
  13. 13. For Professional Development
  14. 14. • Facilitate discussion with professionalpeers• Share resources• Discover resources• Professional literature• Breaking newsWhy Twitter for PD?
  15. 15. Personal Learning Networks(PLNs)• Converse witheducational leaders inthe field• Form workingrelationships• Explore opportunitiesto collaborate withothers (Skype chats)• Receive support,advice in an openforum“The Twitter Toolbox for Educators.” Teacher Librarian.
  16. 16. Hashtags• Classify tweets based on topic/keywords• Aggregate relevant tweets• Group live discussion into one stream• Several “established” hashtags (#edchat #tlchat)• Uncontrolled – you can create hashtag onanything
  17. 17. View all, or filter bypopularity/people youfollowHashtagHashtag Search See what’s trending(most popular hashtags) Find new people tofollow Participate indiscussions
  18. 18. Hashtags for K-12
  19. 19. Hashtags for Academia
  20. 20. Twitter ToolsSave forlaterShare withothersDiscuss
  21. 21. Increase Your VisibilityBE ACTIVE!• Add hashtags in or at end of tweet• Share your knowledge/experiences• Offer advice, reach out for help• Retweet others (give credit!)• Don’t be shy: startconversations/discussions
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