March 17, 2014
The concept of the use of social media within schools is still not well received within the educational circles. There is still a lot of debates and heated discussions as to whether teens social networking practices are healthy literacy practices or not. In her wonderful book "It's complicated: The Social Lives of networked Teens", Boyd Danah makes it clear that social media is a pivotal element in teens emotional and social growth and instead of fear mongering habits we grown-ups have towards teens use of these platforms together with the excessive protectionism and paternalism that usually accompany these habits, we need to allow more freedom for teens to use and interact with the tools they like the most.
As to the ways teachers and students see social media, We Are Teachers has this cool visual that outlines how students and teachers view the use of each of the six social networking websites mentioned below. Have a look and share.
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March 17, 2014
January 11, 2014
I am not really a big fan of LinkedIn. I know it is a great professional social networking platform but I guess it is not in my list of priorities for the time being. For those of you interested in getting to make some connections with professionals in your field of specialty or are looking for some pertinence for their profiles vis a vis job recruiters, the visual below sums up some important tips on how to build a solid profile page on LinkedIn. Have a look and share with your colleagues.
Thanks for Coolcatteacher for the tweet.
I just finished reading the recent study report entitled " Social Media Updates 2013" done by the popular Pew Research Centre and while reading I highlighted a bunch of interesting stats and figures on the use of social media . . I am sharing with you below some of these notesThe study is also available for free download in PDF format from this link.
The research sites included in this study are : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn
From the 73% of online adults who use a social networking site of some kind, 42% of them use multiple social networking sites, but Facebook remains the popular platform of choice among thee users with 71% of online adults users( 67% last year).
- Facebook is used across different age and demographic groups
- Pinterest appeals more to female users
- LinkedIn is popular among college graduates and people from well-off households
- Twitter and Instagram particularly appeal to younger adults, urban dwellers, and non-whites.
Levels of engagement :
The results in this report are based on data from telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International from August 7 to September 16, 2013, among a sample 3 of 1,801 adults, age 18 and older. Telephone interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by landline (901) and cell phone (900, including 482 without a landline phone). For results based on the total sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points. For results based on Internet users (n=1,445), the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage point.
Much of the learning taking place now in the digital world is done through the help of social media websites like Twitter, Google Plus and even Facebook. These outlets have provided some golden opportunities for teachers and educators to enrich their teaching experience and broaden their professional networks. There are now several virtual communities of practice one can instantly join and start the learning journey and right from the comfort of one's bedroom.
However, using social media websites is not as easy as it might sound for one has to be clear about the objectives of his using them: is it for personal gains or to grow professionally? The lines should be clearly demarcated between these two sides for any real benefits to come out of these platforms. Time is also another important factor in this equation, when should you log on and how much you should spend interacting with your PLN are two crucial questions you need to answer before you embark on this learning odyssey using social media.
Our colleagues in Edudemic have put together this awesome graphic featuring some good social media tips for teachers. I am sharing it with you below. Check it out and share with your colleagues as well.
It's a good thing that our students are using social media (hopefully for educational purposes) but this use would even be better if these students know and respect etiquette surrounding this media use. These are basically conventional norms regulating the fair use of platforms such as Facebook, Twitter...etc
This etiquette culture can be learned through explicit instruction and repetitive use. Topics like digital citizenship and digital footprints can give you, as a teacher, a head start in this. Jeff Dunn has recently shared this awesome graphic featuring the elements of a proper social media etiquette. You can use this graphic as a poster in your class to help your students better understand how to "behave" while using social media. Enjoy
After publishing Teachers' Digital Footprint Guide yesterday, I got a lot of feedback from you ,and though I did not get to answer all of your emails, but ,as you know by now, I never let an email pass unanswered. I will definitely get back to you as soon as possible.Some of the things I get are extra resources to add to that post but I can't add them yet till I review them. That being said, I do have a guide that is complimentary to what we have already talked about on how to teach your students about digital footprint. I know several teachers are still struggling to come to grips with this concept but I am hoping that by readying the guide I posted yesterday together with the one I have today, you will be able to have a clear and practical procedure of how to go about explaining digital footprint to your students. Enjoy
" Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behaviour is learned observationally through modelling; from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviours are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action." ( Albert Bandura, Social Learning Theory, 1977)
Bandura has set the floor for a new conception of learning as a social process where there is interaction and mindful observation as opposed to the mechanistic view of learning advocated by behaviourism. When Bandura started formulating his Social Learning Theory, there was nothing called web 2.0 tools or online social media and now that there is an abundance of such tools, social learning has even acquired a new dimension and is widely expanded to engulf many other forms of learning including e-learning, distance-learning, peer-to-peer learning, to mention but a few.
For learning to be successful it has to have a social ingredient in it. This social ingredient requires observation, attention and interaction. Students tend to learn better when they use their observational skills attentively. Thankfully, the new emerging technology provides these requirements and the onus is on the teacher to show students how to use and leverage such technology in their learning.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has compiled a list of some great social learning platforms that educators and teachers can start with. Check them out and share them with your colleagues :
Although relatively new, Pinterest has proved to be a great social bookmarking website and is gaining in popularity day after day. It allows for a great social interaction among users and can also be a source of professional development for many teachers. Check out Teachers Easy Guide to The Use of Pinterest to learn more about the pedagogical implications of this platform.
This is the most popular social networking platform which also , if used properly, provides opportunities for social learning. Educators Guide to The Use of Facebook in Education will walk you through how to leverage this platform for educational purposes. Check it out.
Tweeters are socially engaged with each other. They share links, resources and learn from one another. Check out Twitter Tips Every Teacher should Know about to learn how to use this website for educational goals.
Ning provides several social networking groups specifically created by and desgined for teachers and educators where they interact with each other, share learning and teaching resources, and many more. Check out this list of The Best Educational Ning Groups for Teachers to learn more.
Although initially conceived of as a professional social networking website, yet so much of social interaction takes place within it. There are also many groups in LinkedIn that teachers can join in so as to connect with other educators from all around the world. To discover some of these groups and learn more about how use LinkedIn for educational purposes , I invite you to read Teachers Guide to The Use of LinkedIn.
Skype is an awesome web tool that allows educators and teachers to connect with each other and orgnaize online meetings from everywhere in the world. Check out Teachers Guide to The Use of Skype in Education to learn more about this platform.
Wikis are gaining traction in education as an ideal tool for collaborative work but there are more than just collaboration that makes a Wiki a promising web tool for teachers and students.This Guide will walk you through the potential of this tool in education.
Personal Learning Networks, or PLNs, have been around for a long time. Originally they were your family, relatives and friends, or probably other educators and fellow teachers you work with in the same institution, but now and thanks to the development of web technologies and wireless connections, the concept of PLNs has been expanded to engulf people you have never met before in real world. Much of the learning nowadays takes place online and via a network of interconnected relations. Check out Teachers Guide to The Use of PLNs in Education to learn more
The tremendous ease of use of a blog has made it a web tool of great potential in education. From 2005 up to this moment, thousands of educational blogs have seen the light and educators from all around the globe have been experiencing with this medium in their teaching.In this regard, I deemed it important to pause for a while and create an easy and simple guide to remind you ( in case you are an experienced blogger ) and walk the new teachers ( excited about how to use blogs in their classroom ) through the different procedures and pedagogical implications behind the use of blogs in education. Check out the Guide Here.
10- Web Conferencing Tools
With the advance of technology into education and the ease of accessibility to internet services, a new form of instruction based on web conferencing technologies has emerged. Web conferencing was initially introduced ino the world of business allowing conferencing events to be shared with remote locations but is now widely embraced in education.
11- Collaborative Web Tools
I have recently published a list of some of the best web tools that teachers and students can use to synchronously collaborate online, hold discussions, and backchannel. Check out the List Here.
Diigo is a great social bookmarking website that everyone of you should consider using.It is an important element of the Educational Social Networking I have been writing about. Diigo is free to use and has several features that make it stand out from the crowd. I personally used it almost everyday and therefore I do recommend it for my fellow teachers and educator.
Diigo has a little nifty bookmaklet that you can install on your browser ( for me I use Diigo Chrome extension) and that allows you to curate and clip web content, add text and comments to it and share it on your Diigo account or groups.
Educationally speaking, Diigo has a great potential for teachers and educators. Here are some reasons why :
- It is easy to use and has a user friendly interface
- It lets you join and create new Personal Learning Network ( PLNs )
- It helps in professional development
- It allows you to connect with other like minded educators and teachers and expand your professional network
- It is a great resource of teaching and learning links and materials
- You can collaborate and share your own contributions with others
- It lest you discover new and inspirational ways educators are using technology in their teaching
- Have a free access to technology tips and web tools to use in your classroom
- It broadens your learning and teaching experience and boost up your confidence.
Convinced to use it now ? Here is a list of some of the best Diigo groups where you can meet other teachers and educators from all around the world and develop your personal learning networks.
This is where educators share bookmarks and best practices. They share web resources and links to interesting educational materials.
2- Literacy with ICT
This is a group of educators working to enhance student engagement and learning via the infusion of technology across the curricula.
3- Ed Tech Talk
This is the platform where educators meet to share educational technology resources.
4- Classroom 2.0
This isa place for members of the www.classroom20.com to share links and resources.
5- Discovery Educator Network
This group is for educators to aggregate content from Discovery Educator Network events, institutes, conference presentations, webinars, blogs, and workshops.
6- Cool Tools and Ed Tech
This is a group for cool tools on the web as well as useful resources in education and technology.
Do you know of any other Diigo groups that are of relevant interest ? Please share with use below.
Update : Part 3 has been posted check it out after you read this.
This is the second part of The Comprehesive Guide to The Use of Social Networking in Education Part 1. Your amazing interaction with the first part has proved to me how much interested you are in this topic and today we will go a step further into the practical part of this guide.
After you have learnt in the first part about key notions of social networking, how it evolved, reasons why school should embrace them, their benefits on both teachers and students, you will now be able to have access to a set of the most useful social networking websites where you can meet up with other educators from all around the world and always stay in the picture of the latest news in the educational sphere.
Some of the principal benefits of these networks is that they help you grow professionally and expand your knowledge base to include new ideas and concepts. To be a successful educator, we need to constantly engage in discussions and participate in the various communities of practice and PLNs available online.
Below is a list of some of the best educational networks to start with.I have not included some social networking websites such as : Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Diigo, and Wiziq as I think that it is taken for granted that you already know them.
1- Classroom 2.0
Check out Part 3 : The Ultimate Guide to The Use of LinkedIn by Teachers and Students