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Social networking in the classroom

  1. 1. Social networking in the classroom: Incorporating Learning Design to ensure safe and efficient learning Leanne Cameron Macquarie University, Australia [email_address]
  2. 2. Today’s presentation <ul><li>The school system view of social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Concerns about social networking in educational settings </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Some “safe” learning design software </li></ul>
  3. 3. CEO defines social networking <ul><li>Schools differentiate between online community sites and personal social networking sites: </li></ul><ul><li>Online community sites such as nings, wikis and some educational blogs are used primarily for collaboration and shared knowledge construction. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal social networking sites are centered on an individual rather than a group and include Facebook, MySpace and other related sites. Such sites are used primarily for sharing personal information such as photos and updates. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Social networking <ul><li>Has the potential to promote the sharing of ideas, activities, events and interests within a learning community. </li></ul><ul><li>It is an ideal conduit to promote learning. </li></ul>
  5. 5. From the DEC, NSW Australia <ul><li>“ Conversations in social media are a dialogue, an opportunity to listen, share, collaborate and respond to our colleagues and communities. We recognise the importance of participating in these conversations. Because the social media space is relatively new, and comments may be public and potentially permanent, we’ve developed these guidelines to support staff as they engage in any conversations or interactions using digital media for official, professional and personal use.” </li></ul><ul><li>From http ://www.scribd.com/doc/54221457/Social-Media-Guidelines-for-Teachers </li></ul>
  6. 6. Australian Council for Computers in Education(ACCE) <ul><li>ACCE firmly supports the potential educational affordances of online communication, including social media. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers at all levels are demonstrating innovative and educationally rewarding uses. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Concerns of teachers <ul><li>Many teachers shy away from using it in their classrooms because of safety or classroom management concerns. </li></ul><ul><li>However, if its use is not accompanied by a structured task, students can lose focus and become inefficient learners. </li></ul>
  8. 8. LAMS www.lamsfoundation.org
  9. 9. A learning design www.lamsfoundation.org
  10. 11. Discussion Tools
  11. 12. Student co-creation
  12. 13. Student co-creation
  13. 14. Main areas of teacher concern: <ul><li>Sharing of personal details and photographs; </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright infringement; </li></ul><ul><li>Defamation; and </li></ul><ul><li>Bullying, harassment and offensive material. </li></ul><ul><li>AACE research, 2011 </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>The adoption of an approach based on appropriately managing risks, not inhibiting use </li></ul><ul><li>Educating students about the dangers </li></ul><ul><li>Unilateral policies regarding removal, or blocking, social networking sites, do not recognise the potentially valuable outcomes they may afford. </li></ul>Lessons to be learnt from the studies:
  15. 16. CEO Staff are required to educate students using social media of any kind to: <ul><li>Respect themselves and others when publishing or communicating online; </li></ul><ul><li>Keep communication channels transparent and supervised by adults; </li></ul><ul><li>Create a sensible/ plain username or identity; </li></ul><ul><li>Set social network sites to the “private” security setting; </li></ul><ul><li>Keep personal information private; </li></ul><ul><li>Not share usernames and passwords with anyone; </li></ul><ul><li>Report any attacks or inappropriate content directed at them. </li></ul><ul><li>CEO draft policy http://www.ceosyd.catholic.edu.au/Parents/Curriculum/Documents/pol-socialmedia-staff.pdf </li></ul>
  16. 17. What is Edmodo? <ul><li>Edmodo is a free, secure, social learning platform for teachers, students, schools and districts. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.scribd.com/doc/52581150/Edmodo </li></ul>

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