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Social Teaching Strategies for Engaging Today's Active Learner

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The prevalence and widespread use of social media tools make possible a seemingly endless array of ways to share ideas and build new knowledge. During this keynote presentation on March 29, 2013 at Western Illinois University Symposium on Teaching, Research, and Creative Activities by Jason Rhode, we considered how students today are using social media in their daily lives and explore together how social media can be used to actively engage students in the learning process, both in and outside the classroom. A social teaching framework was shared as well as principles and best practices for leveraging social media in teaching and learning. Participants were encouraged to bring their own device to actively participate in the conversation!

Online and mobile versions of the handout accompanying the slides is available at http://j.mp/socialteaching

Session hashtag, for tweeting or other social media uses: #socialteaching

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Social Teaching Strategies for Engaging Today's Active Learner

  1. 1. Social Teaching Strategies for Engaging Today’s Active Learner j.mp/socialteaching Jason Rhode, Ph.D. jrhode@niu.edu @jrhode
  2. 2. #socialteaching
  3. 3. Pull Out Your Cell Phone!Send text message@socialteaching to23559 to participatein polls andconversations via textduring the keynote
  4. 4. #socialteaching
  5. 5. Learning Goes Digital
  6. 6. Open your Laptops to Page 3
  7. 7. Students in our classrooms today...
  8. 8. theiao 100k students 195 institutions
  9. 9. Technology Critical to Success
  10. 10. 66%percentage of students that said they were prepared to use needed technology when entering college
  11. 11. 75%percentage of students that said technology helped them achieve their academic outcomes
  12. 12. Moving Beyond Platforms and Devices
  13. 13. Student Device Ownership
  14. 14. Importance of Devices to Academic Success
  15. 15. Laptop Ownership Increase in students who own a laptop83% 2004 to 2012
  16. 16. Important to Do from a Mobile Device
  17. 17. Percentage of Students Using Smartphones
  18. 18. Learning Environments and Engaging Students with Technology
  19. 19. 54%percentage of students that said they are more actively involved in courses that use technology
  20. 20. 74%percentage of students that said they had taken at least one course that includes online components?
  21. 21. 70%percentage of students that said they learned most in blended learning environments
  22. 22. 16%percentage of students that said they skip classes when course lectures are available online
  23. 23. Growth in Online Learning 107%15% 31% In 2008, 15% of students said they took a class completely online; in 2012, 31% did
  24. 24. Modes of Communication
  25. 25. 60%percentage of students that said it’s important to have an online forum to communicate with other students
  26. 26. 40%percentage of students that said they are comfortable connecting on social networks with past professors
  27. 27. 57%percentage of students that said they like to keep academic and social lives separate
  28. 28. Students Wished FacultyCommunicated More Using
  29. 29. Summary of 2012 Students and Technology Survey
  30. 30. Students today...mobile
  31. 31. 78% of 12-17 year-olds own cell phonesPhoto credit: flickr.com/photos/librarianguish/4594070690
  32. 32. 50% of teens send50 or more text messages a day Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/yourdon/3478186431
  33. 33. 30% of teens send100 or more text messages a day Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/jpott/5598451556
  34. 34. 99.8%of college students own one or more cell phones Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/yourdon/4303061929
  35. 35. 97% of students use text messagingas their main form of communication Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/yourdon/5756223207
  36. 36. 31%of U.S. adults prefer to be reached by text message Photo credit:flickr.com/photos/yourdon/4557644854
  37. 37. Pull Out Your Cell Phone!Send text message@socialteaching to23559 to participatein polls andconversations viatext
  38. 38. Framework
  39. 39. image credit: flickr.com/photos/kazk/198640938
  40. 40. Toolsimage credit: flickr.com/photos/jrhode/4632887921
  41. 41. image credit: flickr.com/photos/yourdon/2973403186 “Web 2.0 applications that have the potential to increase interactions amongindividuals through creating and sharing” (Joosten, 2012)
  42. 42. image credit: NIU Media Service Image Library social learning - “learning that takes place at a wider scale than individual or group learning...through social interaction” (Wikipedia)
  43. 43. image credit: NIU Media Service Image Library teaching teaching social learning - “learning that takes place at a wider scale than individual or group learning...through social interaction” ~ @jrhode teaching
  44. 44. image credit: flickr.com/photos/manchester-monkey/4879930891 Connections
  45. 45. image credit: flickr.com/photos/csd-stl/7644534584 Content & Communications
  46. 46. Core Interaction Components
  47. 47. Socially EngagedInstruction
  48. 48. engaging students incollaborations,connecting conceptswith real-worldapplications
  49. 49. presenting concepts in meaningful and memorable ways, guiding the learning process
  50. 50. pulling together, reviewing, and selectingcontent, resources, and conversations
  51. 51. fostering social presence,providing timelyinformation, guiding thelearning process
  52. 52. engaging students presenting conceptsin collaborations, in meaningful andconnecting memorable ways,concepts with guiding thereal-world learningapplications process Socially Engaged Instructionfostering social pulling together,presence, reviewing,providing timely and selectinginformation, content, resources,guiding the and conversationslearning process
  53. 53. Examples
  54. 54. Video Sharing
  55. 55. Video Greeting
  56. 56. Video Tour of Course
  57. 57. How-To’s
  58. 58. Resource Sharing
  59. 59. Twitter Chats
  60. 60. Groups Using Wiki
  61. 61. Blogging
  62. 62. Photo Group
  63. 63. Shared Google Map
  64. 64. Suggested Strategies
  65. 65. http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2012/07/26/a-teachers-guide-to-social-media/
  66. 66. image credit: NIU Media Service Image Library Ask students what social media they are using
  67. 67. image credit: NIU Media Service Image Library Consider line between personal and academic social media
  68. 68. image credit: flickr.com/photos/free-stock/6882421628Encourage students to take active role in shaping their “digital footprint”
  69. 69. image credit: flickr.com/photos/ewan_traveler/4969047701Create blog or site you fully-control as focal point of your digital footprint
  70. 70. image credit: flickr.com/photos/yourdon/3405811164 Provide assignment options that include socialmedia (digital photos, video, bookmarks, texting)
  71. 71. image credit: flickr.com/photos/yourdon/2973403186Offer students opportunity to dialogue outside “walls” of the course
  72. 72. image credit: NIU Media Service Image Library Embrace fact that students are bringing mobile devices to class
  73. 73. image credit: NIU Media Service Image Library Encourage students to reflect upon their learning experiences and share where appropriate
  74. 74. Suggested Resources
  75. 75. Suggested Books
  76. 76. jasonrhode.com/twitterinedu
  77. 77. @jrhodej.mp/socialteaching

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