Elgg in K12 - A Dialog About Educational Networking

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Presentation from Elgg Camp 09 in Boston on Aug 15, 2009 (augmented for readability)

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Elgg in K12 - A Dialog About Educational Networking

  1. 1. Elgg in K12 - A Dialog about Educational Networking by Jim Klein Director IS & T Saugus Union School District 1
  2. 2. Why Social Networking in K12? • People are creative and social • Approachable, easy to use technology • New opportunities for teaching/learning • Overcome social/geographic boundaries • Gives voice/builds self-esteem • Improves social skills • Most importantly...
  3. 3. Why Social Networking in K12? Students are already engaged! 96% of students age 9-17 use social networking technologies Source: Grunwald Associates LLC
  4. 4. K­12 Applications • Staff – Communities of Practice/PLNs – Admin/mgmt blogs and podcasts – Departmental announcements – Collaborative projects – Media/content sharing
  5. 5. K­12 Applications • Students – Individual & collaborative projects – Peer review – Media/content sharing – Student portfolios – Window into the classroom
  6. 6. K12 Social Networking  • What teachers don't want – Content on a wide-open site – A site with too many members – To be associated with someone else's objectionable content – “Dirty laundry”
  7. 7. K12 Social Networking • What teachers want – Site that's easy to find – Associated with their school/district – Includes people they know or feel a semi-direct association with – Customizable, ie their space – Provides sophisticated access controls – Complete oversight of student work
  8. 8. Demo/Discussion
  9. 9. Impact • Changes the way knowledge is developed, shared, and adapted • Overcomes social and geographic boundaries • Creates a culture of open collaboration • Builds a portfolio of ideas and content • Active student engagement • Unintended consequences
  10. 10. Considerations • Social – Online safety – Behavior/language • Technical – Management – Oversight – Maintenance of accounts

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