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The Social Classroom: Using Social Media as an Aid in Education

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This is a presentation I did for the Center for Development & Learning's Plain Talk Conference, 4/28/2014.

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The Social Classroom: Using Social Media as an Aid in Education

  1. 1. flyte school
  2. 2. GEORGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
  3. 3. SWEET, SWEET EDUCATION
  4. 4. TODAY’S OBJECTIVES • Does social media help or hinder? • Pros and cons of social media • How is social media used in the classroom
  5. 5. WHO IS THIS GUY?
  6. 6. THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION? • To prepare children for citizenship • To cultivate a skilled workforce • To teach cultural literacy • To prepare students for college • To help students become critical thinkers • To help students compete in a global marketplace
  7. 7. THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION
  8. 8. THE NEW MISSION OF EDUCATION
  9. 9. DREAM JOBS
  10. 10. SIR KEN ROBINSON
  11. 11. FEARS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA?
  12. 12. USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR GOOD
  13. 13. THE MCAULEY GIRLS ON 207
  14. 14. THE POWER OF MINDSETS To develop problem-solving and decision- making skills, which are associated with “personal control” and a sense of ownership
  15. 15. THE POWER OF MINDSETS To help children and teens view mistakes as experiences from which to learn rather than feel defeated
  16. 16. THE POWER OF MINDSETS To provide children and teens with opportunities to help others
  17. 17. TECH ADOPTION IN EDUCATION
  18. 18. FACEBOOK IN THE CLASSROOM • Showcase for student projects • Provide a “window” on the classroom for parents • Share events and announcements
  19. 19. TWITTER IN THE CLASSROOM • Tweet in character • Allow students to participate via Twitter in class discussions • Follow news and reaction via Twitter • BONUS: Twitter will make you a better writer
  20. 20. INSTAGRAM IN THE CLASSROOM • Record steps in a science experiment • Celebrate student work • Share reading recommendations • Imagine what a character would post
  21. 21. PINTEREST IN THE CLASSROOM • Follow interesting boards • Find loads of “printables” • Look for grade-specific material • Have students find boards relevant to class projects
  22. 22. BLOGS IN THE CLASSROOM • Instead of “essays” • Encourage discussion and debate • Student portfolios
  23. 23. BLOG PLATFORMS • Wiggio • Edmodo • Edublogs
  24. 24. YOUTUBE IN THE CLASSROOM • Have students create videos for assignments • Share educational videos for deeper exploration • Create slideshows
  25. 25. PODCASTS IN THE CLASSROOM • Record lectures or presentations • Interview authors, artists or scientists • Create radio shows about subject matter
  26. 26. WIKIS IN THE CLASSROOM • Encourage collaboration • Create a glossary • Test preparation
  27. 27. SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM • Talk to other classrooms • “Go” on field trips • Talk to authors
  28. 28. CELLPHONES IN THE CLASSROOM • Reduce absenteeism • Take photos and record video • The “flipped” classroom
  29. 29. DOES SOCIAL MEDIA HELP? • To prepare children for citizenship • To cultivate a skilled workforce • To teach cultural literacy • To prepare students for college • To help students become critical thinkers • To help students compete in a global marketplace
  30. 30. TAKEAWAYS Social media can tap into students passionSocial media can tap into students passion for learningfor learning Proven track recordProven track record How can you use social media?How can you use social media?
  31. 31. SOCIAL MEDIA LAGNIAPPES • takeflyte.com/pinterest-edu • takeflyte.com/slides-edu
  32. 32. THANK YOU @therichbrooks@therichbrooks Rich BrooksRich Brooks flyte new mediaflyte new media takeflyte.comtakeflyte.com

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