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  1. 1. Social Media Issues and Opportunites for Miiddle Level Educators Jim Forde [email_address]
  2. 3. What is Social Networking? A social networking site is an online place where a user can create a profile and build a personal network that connects him or her to other users.
  3. 4. How are people networking?
  4. 5. Who is networking in this way? <ul><li>Show of hands? </li></ul><ul><li>73% of online teens. ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Businesses- Walmart on facebook?! </li></ul><ul><li>Non-profits- twitter </li></ul><ul><li>NMSA - facebook?! </li></ul>
  5. 6. 300+
  6. 7. Common SN platforms <ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Profile with pictures, discussion board (wall), email </li></ul><ul><li>“ Friend” each other </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Status updates </li></ul><ul><li>(links, images etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>You “Follow” a twitter feed. When you post to twitter it is known as “tweeting”. </li></ul><ul><li>• Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>We b log ging </li></ul><ul><li>A website with a specific focus with an ability to post responses to messages. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Social Networking: Concerns <ul><li>Users don’t understand the openess of the sites and share personal information which can be potentially damaging and put them at risk. </li></ul><ul><li>Users engage in online aggression assuming that they are “anonymous”. </li></ul><ul><li>Users join inappropriate or dangerous on-line communities exposing themselves to danger. </li></ul><ul><li>It can become a time consuming distraction </li></ul>
  8. 9. Implications for schools <ul><li>CDC study on electronic aggression </li></ul><ul><li> http://www.cdc.ncipc/dvp/electronicagression.htm </li></ul><ul><li>• House Parties/Ragers </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>• Flash Mob </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>• Cyberbullying </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 10. Addressing Concerns : some ideas <ul><li>Have a clear internet policy (students/faculty) </li></ul><ul><li>Online safety educational program (parents and students) </li></ul><ul><li>School based internet monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate consequences for inappropriate use of the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>(social workers, counselors, psychologists and resource officers) </li></ul>
  10. 11. Addressing Concerns : cont. <ul><li>CDC- http://www. cdc . ncipc/dvp/electronicagression . htm </li></ul><ul><li>Info on current laws on bullying and harassment. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an Acceptable Use Policy which addresses these considerations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal- can limit access to on campus access, “substantial disruption” to educational process standard, cannot limit outside use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy - reflect values and beliefs, should be talked about and clarified, can be conflicting. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational- think about the current use by staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet Policies </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 12. Addressing Concerns : cont. <ul><li>Explore Bullying/Violence/electronic aggression programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Second Step </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rachel’s Challenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CDC- New Technology and Youth Violence : Issue Brief </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Talk with Teens </li></ul><ul><li>Positive School Atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>“ Research shows that students that feel connected to their school, who think that teachers care about them and are fair, who think the school rules are clear and fair are less likely perpetrate any type of violence including electronic aggression” </li></ul><ul><li> - Social Media RB </li></ul><ul><li>Clear plan to deal with incidents </li></ul><ul><li>Work with the IT staff- infrastructure issues </li></ul>
  12. 13. Social Networking: Opportunities <ul><li>Schools using FB pages for info, updates, calendars </li></ul><ul><li>• Schools are using Twitter to “tweet out” reminders and announcements similar to robo-calls. </li></ul><ul><li>• Educationally related Podcasts/Videos </li></ul><ul><li>• iTunes apps and iTunes University </li></ul><ul><li>• Educationally related Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>• You Tube/Teacher Tube </li></ul><ul><li>• Wikis - for discussion and document sharing </li></ul>
  13. 14. Student/Class Blogs?
  14. 15. Mr. Forde’s blog-
  15. 16. Mr. Forde’s blog
  16. 17. Terrapin Kids Blog
  17. 18. Pollution Posse Blog-
  18. 19. HP Grant/India Blog-
  19. 20. Schools on Twitter?
  20. 21. Twitter --> StamfordSciTchr
  21. 22. Twitter --> StamfordSciTchr a few sources I follow
  22. 29. Schools on FB?
  23. 35. Other opportunities?
  24. 37. Educational Wikis <ul><li> </li></ul>
  25. 38. Podcasts
  26. 39. Even more opportunities?
  27. 40. iTunes University
  28. 41.
  29. 42. iTunes Apps
  30. 44. What’s coming? <ul><li>Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Sixth Sense </li></ul>
  31. 45. <ul><li>Some Social Networking Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Research Briefs: </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media: Developing an AUP </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>• Innovative Uses of Social Media in HS </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>• Cyber Bullying </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Other Resources: </li></ul><ul><li>• Top Ten Lists of Great Resources </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  32. 46. <ul><li>Some Safety Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Common Sense Media In ternet Safety http://www. commonsensemedia .org/internet-safety </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook.. </li></ul><ul><li>10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. allfacebook .com/2009/02/facebook-privacy/ </li></ul><ul><li>The Facebook Guidebook </li></ul><ul><li>http: //mashable .com/guidebook/facebook/ </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter.. </li></ul><ul><li>The Twitter Guidebook </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>All things Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Mashable </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  33. 47. Case for sm in the classroom <ul><li> </li></ul>
  34. 48. One final note . <ul><li>“It's critical to realize that just because young folks pick up a technology before you do doesn't inherently mean that they understand it better than you do.” </li></ul>