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Using social media in adult literacy

Presentation for NALA Social Media Workshop

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Using social media in adult literacy

  1. 1. Peter Cleary Tipperary ETB
  2. 2. Objectives 1. Tutor development through the use of Social Networking sites 2. Student development through the use of Social Networking sites Website to support workshop: Covers topics in more detail
  3. 3. Overview  Tutors and Social Media-Personal Learning Networks (PLN)  Twitter  Blogs.  Google +  ALTI  EPALE  Students and Social Media.  Research  Blogs  Facebook  Twitter  Voicethread  Google +  Free Rice  Fotobabble  Goodreads  Pinterest
  4. 4. Tutors – Personal Learning Networks (PLN) Personal Learning Networks (PLN's) are a means for educators to grow professionally. Each PLN is crafted and personalized based on the professional interests and goals of an individual educator. •Personal learning networks aren't about one social network platform. •Personal learning networks take time to develop. •Personal learning networks can be as large or small as you want them to be. •Your personal learning networks will change over time. •Everyone has something to share.
  5. 5. Connect with educators and organisations in other countries, find resources and websites, participate in discussions. To connect with educators and organisations involved in adult literacy search Twitter using the hashtag #adultliteracy or #adultlearning This will allow you to find any tweets that have been tagged with that hashtag or that mention adult literacy in the tweet. Some people and organisations worth following:
  6. 6. Follow Twitter chats Some chats move very quickly and it can be difficult to keep with all the chatter. Don't be intimidated or feel that you have to read everything! Just catch what you can. Many chats are archived afterwards and can be a gold mine of valuable information and resources. Often, a link to the archive will be shared at the end of the chat. Or, just do a Google search for the chat hashtag and the word "archives." For example, a search for "edchat archives" brings you quickly to the #edchat archive at Participating in Twitter chats is a great way to build your Personal Learning Network. Twitter chats attract passionate educators who are dedicated to lifelong learning, improving their professional practice, and sharing resources with others. Follow people with whom you interact, or who tweet helpful resources and/or comments that resonate with you. Chats provide terrific opportunities for relationship building! Some Chats worth following: #edchat Considerd the "grandfather" of educational chats, #edchat is one of the most popular chats and is held on Tuesdays ( 6 pm Irish Time.) This fast moving chat attracts participants from all over the world to discuss a variety of topics related to education. #edtechchat: is dedicated to all things related to Education Technology and takes place Mondays #digcit discussion on best practice in teaching digital citizenship and literacy #adedchat Discussion about adult education on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 pm
  7. 7. Blogs Many educators now write blogs, some on general practice some on educational technology, some on Adult literacy and some on adult literacy and technology. These can be a very useful source of information, resources and inspiration. While the majority of blogs are not specific to adult literacy we can still gain a lot from following them. A few blogs worth following : Free Technology For Teachers – Richard Byrne This is one of the best educational blogs on the web, full of useful information and resources. Adult Literacy Education –David J Rosen David J Rosen has been working in and writing about adult Literacy for many years, this blogs is a collection of his thoughts and ideas over that time. Working in Adult Literacy- Kate Nunsuch For teachers of adult literacy, numeracy, adult basic education, GED prep and adult ESOL; about teaching and adult learning.
  8. 8. Blogs Research and Practice in Adult Literacy (RaPAL) Blog NIACE The National Voice for Lifelong Learning NIACE is the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education in the UK. Reading all your blogs in the one place. Rather than going from one blog to another on the web it may be useful and save time to use an RSS service such as This will allow you to view all the blog posts in the one place.
  9. 9. Google + is the second-largest social networking site in the world after Facebook. It has 540 million monthly active users. Like Facebook you have your own personal profile and a news feed. In Google + you can also join communities. Some of these communities may contribute to your Personal Learning Network (PLN)
  10. 10. ALTI Network for Irish tutors
  11. 11. EPALE is the new community of adult learning professionals and volunteers It’s being developed to help you work together to improve the quality and provision of adult learning in Europe and establish a strong pan- European Adult Learning sector. The site is particularly designed to be of interest to teachers, trainers, researchers, academics, policy makers and anyone else with a role in adult learning across Europe. As the site develops you will be able to exchange news, views, ideas and resources with others throughout Europe. The website is currently in development but EPALE has a very active Twitter account with some very good information about adult learning
  12. 12. Students and Social Media. Research The study Social Networking Sites & Adult Literacy Learning carried out in Canada in 2011 asked: • How are adult literacy learners using social networking sites (such as Facebook)? • How might social networking sites (such as Facebook) be used to facilitate adult literacy learning? Findings It is clear that the main purpose for using web-based social media and SNS is for social connections. Moreover, people connect with people they know in existing social networks of friends and family, whether nearby or at a distance. Blogging also serves a social purpose, often functioning as a tool for sharing personal thoughts and feelings with others. Particularly interesting for adult literacy learners is the potential of blogging to enhance opportunities to use their own voices to “speak” their stories in a public realm. While this is often done through print publishing in literacy programs, it comes with a cost and has limited reach. Blogging is a low-cost alternative with possible access to a much bigger audience. The social functionality of SNS and other social media, however, can create problems for users – problems such as loss of privacy, difficulties with family or employers because of comments posted online, and loss of “human contact”.
  13. 13. Key Findings 1. How are adult learners using SNS? Adult learners are using SNS for social purposes and are simultaneously informally learning literacy as well as technical and social skills. Few are using it to its full potential due to lack of know how and access. 2. Should SNS be used for structured educational purposes? (participants were divided about whether SNS helped or hindered text based literacy development) 3. How might SNS be useful to facilitate adult literacy learning? A key contribution of literacy programs could be to help learners safely and effectively use SNS for their own purposes. Considerations must be given to • Maintaining the Social focus. • Building on existing skills, knowledge and experience. • Safety • Address the digital divide- access to computers in the programs and in the homes. The challenge is to find ways to bridge the rich informal learning happening within SNS with formal adult education setting. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to technology. Learners have different learning needs, goals, styles and preferences that are equally important when using SNS or other social media. Furthermore, some learners may choose not to engage with digital technology at all. However, there is a difference between those who make choices from among a range of options, and those who must make choices that are limited or circumscribed by access to resources, information or opportunity.
  14. 14. Students and Social Media. Facebook Many students indicate that they want to participate in Facebook but are reluctant to do so because of their lack of knowledge of the technology involved or more commonly because of their spelling and writing ability. To help students get to know the layout and feel of Facebook a useful tool is Fakebook by Class tools.This allows you to create a fake Facebook account. Using Fakebook allows the tutor to work on: • Wording and spelling of posts • Uploading Images. • Liking posts. • Layout of Facebook. • Entering dates • Entering family names • Unlike the real facebook you don’t need an email address to register
  15. 15. A tutor also has the option of using real Facebook. In order for your Students to learn how to use Facebook in this way you might want to set up a private group, in that way anything the student writes is not seen. If the student do not want to set up an account under their own name to join the group you have the option of setting up a fake account. How do I create a group? To create a group: 1.From your home page, go to the Groups section on the left side menu and click Create Group. 2.Click Create New Group at the top of the page. A window will appear, where you'll be able to add a group name, add 3.members and select the privacy settings for your group. 3.Click Create when you're done. Once the group is created, you'll be taken to the group. To get started, click at the top right of the group and select Edit Group Settings. From here you can add a group description, tags, set a group email address and add a group picture.
  16. 16. Students and Social Media. Blogs As we saw in the tutors section Blogs can be a very good learning tool. Blogs can also act as a place to publish students work and also as a place where students can connect with students from other areas. Social Networking Sites and Adult Literacy Learning –Raising the Issues Study 2011 ‘Blogging also serves a social purpose, often functioning as a tool for sharing personal thoughts and feelings with others. Particularly interesting for adult literacy learners is the potential of blogging to enhance opportunities to use their own voices to “speak” their stories in a public realm. While this is often done through print publishing in literacy programs, it comes with a cost and has limited reach. Blogging is a low-cost alternative with possible access to a much bigger audience’. Examples Student Writing South Tipperary ALS Students Writings from Kerry Student writing from California Setting up your own blog
  17. 17. Students and Social Media. Communities Communities are places where users can share specific questions, comments or content relating to a particular topic with other users who are just as interested in the conversation. For example, if you're a member of a cooking community, it's likely each post will contain something related to food. And if there is a user who is posting content unrelated to the chosen topic, a moderator could step in and police that person. A tutor can create a community for a class so that students can practice posting comments and pictures, get Involved in discussions etc. When setting up a community it can be set to private so that the students can be sure that their comments are not seen by others. A community can be set up for a general literacy class to practice the above or can be used to fulfil some of the requirements for Level 3 Communications were students have to show evidence of taking part in an online discussion.
  18. 18. Students and Social Media. VoiceThread is a web-based platform that enables teachers and students to upload images, video, or documents, record audio, video, or text comments, and then invite others to record comments as well. Voicethread can be used to allow students give their views on images, documents and video. Comments can be text, voice or video. Can be used as a learning tool or as evidence for Level 2 or 3 Modules where audio or text discussion is required. Each topic is stored on the voicethread website and can also be embedded into blogs and websites. Ideas for use in class: Comment on picture of a famous person. Comment on a picture of an event Comment on a picture of local building. Comment on a current public debate.
  19. 19. Students and Social Media. For every question the student gets right a Grain of rice is donated. Tutors can create groups for their classes. The site has audio Levels can be set.
  20. 20. Students and Social Media. Fotobabble is an easy to use site that allows you to upload a picture and them add an audio comment To that picture. This can then be shared on social networks. Fotobabble can be used to encourage students to give audio feedback. It could also be used to meet the requirements of both level 2 and 3 FETAC ( Listening and Speaking and Communications) Ideas for use in class: 1. Upload picture of famous person and ask student to speak about them. 2. Upload a picture chosen by student and having meaning to them e.g. a picture of a family member. 3. Student speaks about a childhood memory. 4. Student speaks about a person they admire. 5. Student speaks about the year they were born. 6. Take pictures of signs in the locality- read the signs
  21. 21. Students and Social Media. GoodReads is a social network for booklovers who want to share what they have been reading and get book recommendations from other people. Members can also form book clubs, play trivia games, and browse famous quotes. Using this website a group can choose a book, find out more information about it and discuss it online. Close groups can be created for privacy Idea for use with class Create a private Group within Goodreads to discuss a Quickreads book your class is reading.
  22. 22. Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as 'pinning‘) images or videos to their own or others' boards (i.e. a collection of 'pins,' usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned. 1. Create a board and give it a title 2. Add Pins (pictures, video) 3. Comment on Pins Ideas for Student Boards • Childhood Memories • The year I was born • My Favourite Film • Someone I admire • My Goals Board
  23. 23. Resources Google + Community for discussion Pinterest Board with more information All links can be accessed through website Peter Cleary Tipperary ETB e-mail