Role of social media in your online classroom


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Presentation by Datta Kaur Khalsa and Kay Lehmann at the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning Aug. 2013.

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  • Interactions – create, share, exchange information and ideas
  • Image – shows Twitter feed in a tool called Tweetdeck that allows a view of several columns of tweets at once. In this image one column is showing the most recent tweets marked with the hashtag #edtech and the second is marked with the hashtag #eLearning. In the footer of all slides is the hashtag for this presentation. This allows conference attendees to share info about the presentation with those unable to attend.
  • Example of a few postings in recent Twitter feed – Following mostly educational leaders and institutions. While the messages are short they can still make a point. Notice the one from ePals has quite a lot of info “meet this ePals class from Australia. They have a traveling Kangaroo! Find out more & how you can connect with them.” followed by a shortened link. Many messages are notifications of new research articles, news items, and blog postings. Top two messages have hashtagsEdudemic #blog #education Class Tech Tips #TpT #CommonCore #ipaded #edtech Beside the name of the message poster is their twitter name/handle
  • Hashtags are phrases or acronyms which begin with a # hashmark which is where the term hashtag is derived. Hashtags make Twitter messages searchable. If you want to find out about educational technology #edtech would be one search term. Elearning is just that #eLearning with no space or hyphen between e and learning. You can make up your own and provide it to students such as perhaps the course number but check on to find out if others are using it already or just try searching for it. Sometimes folks use hashtags to give context, commentary, or humor to tweets such as the last example someone explain this please Hashtags are important if you are going to participate in a Twitter chat, ask students to backchannel or find information relevant to a particular topic.
  • If anyone is using our hashtag #ACDTLSocMed you are participating in what is known as a backchannel. This is feedback or discussion about an ongoing event which could be your course. We talk about 24/7 learning and learning beyond the confines of the course schedule and Twitter is one way to create those types of learning. Using specific hashtags learners could share resources, thoughts, ideas around the clock and after the quarter/semester/course ends. Students can locate experts on Twitter in any field and ask questions related to their research or future work. There are also live synchronous chats on Twitter.
  • Took a quick snap of an educational chat in progress on twitter, this happened to be the Inside Online Learning chat At the time I was working on this presentation and adding images this was the only chat taking place. Most chats are in the evening. There are a huge number of educational chats on every day of the week.
  • Image – This image has two windows overlapped to show both the link and the result of clicking the link. In the blue outlined box is a shot from the course content page with a link to the Delicious list for this module. For this module the list is all items marked “flipped” for flipped classroom, the topic of the course. The remainder of the image shows what the student would see. The list shows the title of the item, keywords added by the Delicious user for that link and a short description. This list is arranged by date. The latest additions to Delicious with the keyword “flipped” are at the beginning of the list. This keeps the list fresh. Once in the Delicious list students can add additional keywords to the search box to fine-tune the results they are seeing.
  • Image – This is a photoshopped version of a private Facebook group page. Images of students who use the page have been deleted from the view. The blue arrow is pointing to the lock symbol which indicates this is a locked or private group. The blue box shows how the creator of the group (and only the creator or someone else they designate) can add additional members to the private group. This group is used for some course discussions during the social media class to show how a private group works. Once this course ends students can leave the group or stay in it and discuss topics of interest with new members of the group when the next session of the course begins.
  • These are two school FB pages created by students. Each page has announcements about coming events. They told me they had plans for more functions including private FB groups once their school year or semester got underway. One of these is a page for a college, another is for a middle school.
  • Role of social media in your online classroom

    1. 1. Role of Social Media in Your Classroom Datta Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D. University of Maryland, University College (UMUC) Kay Lehmann, Ed.D. University of Wisconsin-Stout
    2. 2. Overview  Social media learning benefits  Introduction – What is “social media?”  Types of social media  Classroom uses  Questions Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    3. 3. STUDENT BENEFITS Engage students Interactivity Create learning communities Share & exchange information and ideas Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    4. 4. Defining Social Media *Web-based *Open * Collaborative Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    5. 5. What social media is NOT  Static webpages  Email  Phone calls  Audience examples Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    6. 6. Types of social media  Twitter - Micro-blogging  Blogs  Wikis  Social bookmarking  Authentic examples of each Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    7. 7. STUDENT BENEFITS Engage students Interactivity Create learning communities Share & exchange information and ideas Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    8. 8.  Connect offices or groups  Brainstorm solutions  Examples from my classes Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    9. 9. Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    10. 10. Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    11. 11. Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    12. 12. Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    13. 13. Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    14. 14. Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    15. 15. Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    16. 16. Micro-blogging/Twitter  Characteristics  Hashtags  Follow-ing vs. ers  Uses in online courses Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    17. 17. Characteristics of Twitter  Brief messages – 140 char  Can include images  Shortened links to other content  See all from “following”  Send to all “followers” Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia Other micro-blogging tools: Tumblr, FriendFeed, Facebook, Google + …
    18. 18. What are #hashtags  Start with a #  Make Twitter searchable  Give tweets context  Make up your own or  Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia #edtech #eLearning #dtl13SocMedia #someoneexplainthisplease
    19. 19. Uses for Twitter in eLearning  Student feedback AKA backchannel  Sharing resources  Connecting with experts  Online chats Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    20. 20. Online chats/ Backchannel   Look for Chat Schedule  Conference attendees – backchannel  Can have classroom backchannel  #dtl13SocMedia Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    21. 21. Characteristics of blogs Uses in courses  Reflective comments  ePortfolios  Group work Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    22. 22. REFLECTIONS Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    23. 23. REFLECTIONS Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    24. 24. EPORTFOLIO Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    25. 25. EPORTFOLIO Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    26. 26. GROUP WORK Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    27. 27. GROUP WORK Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    28. 28. GROUP WORK Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    29. 29. Social Bookmarking/Delicious  Other tools i.e. Diigo  Bookmarks always available  Curating links – no more fixing course links Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    30. 30. VOICE THREAD – PEER ASSESSMENT Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    31. 31. VOICE THREAD – WIKI GLOSSARY Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    32. 32. Facebook  People already there/Can be private group  Build community beyond course Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    33. 33. Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia
    34. 34. Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia Social Media Tools Online Course Uses Benefits Twitter Facebook Share information Share resources Searchable messages Conference information Update class status Video reviews Celebrate students Student engagement Broaden course content Build supportive community Global conversation Questions and answers Student encouragement Social Bookmarking Search & share information and resources Organize and store research Develop course reading list Build back links for websites Broaden course content Future referencing Wikis Course netiquette Page Collaborative projects Live etextbook Virtual teamwork Planning and guidelines Synthesize information Build interdependency Spark motivation Enhance effective interaction Blogs Eportfolio Reflective Journal Presentation of Team Project K-12 Parental involvement Offer community updates Build ownership of process Future job portfolio
    35. 35. Conclusions and questions Datta Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D. Kay Lehmann, Ed.D. University of Wisconsin-Stout Hashtag for this presentation #dtl13SocMedia Presentation: Handout: