Social Media for Teaching and Learning

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Presentation on the ins and outs of integrating social media in the college classroom


  • 1. Anastasia Trekles, Ph.D. Office of Learning Technology

2. Advantages of Social Media Everyone is using it its almost guaranteed to reach its audience Free of cost Naturally creative and intuitive interfaces Enable easy sharing and disseminating of information 3. With social media, students can Compare and share notes and resources Debate and discuss Contribute more equally Learn from one another Learn from experts and others in the field Get exposed to new ideas, cultures, and languages 4. The Flip Side: Potential Pitfalls Social media is, of course, social by nature! Posts are not always private, although they can be made that way Students (and others) can say and do things wed rather they didnt Luckily, severe incidents are quite rare, and easy to avoid 5. Social Media Can Make Learning Fun Post important announcements and actually get them read! Create group projects like collaborative projects, scavenger hunts, and round-robin discussions Allow students to showcase their unique talents and interests through pictures and video Build a community of learners by encouraging students to share and ask each other questions Encourage students to connect in more meaningful, convenient, and personalized ways 6. Facebook Allows for private, members-only groups to be created Also allows for public pages to be created for a class to use for announcements and other one-way postings You dont have to friend your students thats a personal choice You can create a school-only Facebook account strictly for your class activities About Groups: m/about/groups About Pages: m/about/pages Great infographic on Facebook in college classrooms: visuals/collegeprofessors-onfacebook.html 7. Twitter Lots of neat discussions can be had in 140 characters or less! Dont believe it? Check out ngl102 Keep students engaged and interested with short tidbits, helpful hints, and online resources Use hashtags to keep conversations related and easier to followAbout Twitter: Twitter for Teachers: http://www.schrockguide. net/twitter-forteachers.html Ways to use Twitter in academia: http://academhack.outsid twitter-for-academia/ Twubs great for following hashtags: 8. Google+ Google has a large number of socialinfused features, including the popular Hangout tool Also, consider Google Docs as a collaborative tool or an alternative to OfficeGoogle Drive (formerly Docs): m Hangouts: m/hangouts Googles Education page with tutorials and more: m/edu/teachers/ 9. Pinterest Pinterest as a teaching tool? You bet! Pinterest can take information on any topic and make it visual, userfriendly and easy to categorize and share So many resources are already available students can easily browse and repin things they find Similar sites include and Pinterest Help Center: com/home The OLT Pinboard: /pncolt/technology-tothe-rescue/ How colleges are using Pinterest for education: social-media/howcolleges-are-usingpinterest-in-education/ 10. YouTube YouTube provides a great platform for students to share and publish as well as learn We all know there is a tremendous amount of valuable content out there just search and youll find something good! Armed with smartphones or other camera devices, students can easily create and upload their own work Great for reviews and study groups, presentations, and group projectsYouTube Education University channel: annel/HCScmg5b9x0xQ 10 YouTube Channels to make you smarter: 04/04/youtube-education/ Using online video in the classroom: utube-educational-videosclassroom 11. Whats integrated into BlackBoard? Blogs for student thoughts to be shared and commented on Wikis for fluid student conversations and group document editing Collaboration chat room and whiteboard function similar to Adobe Connect (requires Java) Kaltura media sharing tool for videos you upload (yours or someone elses) Mashups integration from YouTube,, and Flickr available 12. Caveats and Parting Thoughts Social Media can be a terrific tool for learning But, it can be a little messy theres a lot to negotiate, and a lot to keep up with No tool is perfect, either Requires patience and a willingness to try something different, or think about an old activity in a new way 13. Thanks! Alex: Twitter: @PNCOLT for all workshop notes, links, and training needs 14. Resources Overcoming Hurdles to Social Media in Education: Great blog on social media in higher ed: Social Media resource round-up: Six ways to use social media in education: Friedman, L.W., Friedman, H.H. (2013). Using social media technologies to enhance online learning. Journal of Educators Online, 10(1). Retrieved from man.pdf.