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Anastasia Trekles, Ph.D. Office of Learning Technology. Social Media for Teaching and Learning. Why Social Media?. Social media and Web 2.0 technologies can extend learning into new and exciting areas Web 2.0 can touch every level of Blooms Taxonomy, from Remembering to Creating - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


<p>Social Media for Teaching and Learning</p> <p>Social Media for Teaching and LearningAnastasia Trekles, Ph.D.Office of Learning Technology</p> <p>Welcome to Social Media for Teaching and Learning, created by Staci Trekles at the Office of Learning Technology.1Why Social Media?Social media and Web 2.0 technologies can extend learning into new and exciting areasWeb 2.0 can touch every level of Blooms Taxonomy, from Remembering to Creating Even better: social media is FREE and easy to access and usually familiar to students as wellSee's+Digital+Taxonomy </p> <p>Social media and Web 2.0 allow students to create and participate in the web instead of just reviewing posted comments. Web 2.0 tools can be found at address all levels of Blooms Taxonomy, and can create environments where students can actively engage in the learning process. Social media has the added advantage of generally being free for use, and easy to learn how to use. Students tend to be very familiar with many popular tools, such as Facebook and YouTube, and indeed, many faculty use some of these tools for their personal entertainment and to keep up with colleagues and friends as well. When these tools are brought into the classroom, they become a familiar and welcome sight to many students today, due to their popularity. When we meet students where they are we may have a better opportunity to reach them and connect more meaningfully with them. 2Advantages of Social Media</p> <p>Everyone is using it its almost guaranteed to reach its audienceFree of costNaturally creative and intuitive interfacesEnable easy sharing and disseminating of informationSocial media has many advantages, especially the fact that it is often free, and usually very easy to use. These tools are naturally good at creating innovative and intuitive environments because they have specific purposes, and are designed for all users to be able to sit down and learn quickly. They also are easy to integrate into a variety of other online media, like BlackBoard, and allow for the quick and simple dissemination of information. 3</p> <p>64.4% of faculty use social media for personal reasons</p> <p>44.7% use it for professional reasons</p> <p>33.8% use it in their teachingFacebook and YouTube are the most common social media in use by educators</p> <p>Blogs, wikis, LinkedIn, podcasts, and Twitter are used a little less oftenThis infographic highlights a study done recently by Pearson in regard to social media at the college level. Many faculty were found to be using social media personally and professionally, but less so in teaching. However, about a third were using it in their classrooms already, especially Facebook, blogs, and wikis. LinkedIn has become the most popular platform for professional use, such as communicating and collaborating with like-minded colleagues. Teaching students about these tools, especially those with professional advantages like LinkedIn, becomes nearly essential to ensure that students are prepared for the world beyond college.4With social media, students canCompare and share notes and resourcesDebate and discussContribute more equallyLearn from one anotherLearn from experts and others in the fieldGet exposed to new ideas, cultures, and languages</p> <p>With social media, you can create lessons and online environments where students can collaborate, compare and share resources, contribute equally to discussions, learn from one another as well as people outside of the classroom, and get exposed to a variety of different ideas, cultures, languages, and media. 5The Flip Side: Potential PitfallsSocial 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 didntLuckily, severe incidents are quite rare, and easy to avoid</p> <p>Of course, no tool is perfect, and social media is no exception. Much concern has been raised about privacy in the social world, and the fact that people may not represent themselves honestly online. On the other hand, some students and others may represent themselves too honestly and openly, and may share information about themselves that is not appropriate for the classroom. Luckily, severe privacy incidents are quite severe and can be easily avoided through education and taking an honest look at ones own social media outlets. Students at the college level should be made aware of what is appropriate and inappropriate to post in professional domains, and should be helped along the way by their professors. To simply shun the technologies that students love will not help educate them about their proper use, but trying to use them with students and learning together does. In addition, it is important to note that we are not suggesting that all interaction with students be replaced by social media outlets. These tools are simply just some of the available tools for increasing student engagement, especially in the online realm. In addition to having students create presentations, write papers, respond to discussion threads, and complete exams, social media can simply be yet another way to create teachable moments and assessments of learning.6Social Media Can Make Learning FunPost important announcements and actually get them read!Create group projects like collaborative projects, scavenger hunts, and round-robin discussionsAllow students to showcase their unique talents and interests through pictures and videoBuild a community of learners by encouraging students to share and ask each other questions Encourage students to connect in more meaningful, convenient, and personalized waysSocial media does have the ability to make learning fun! One of the fundamental uses is posting important announcements and other information about your course. Students spend a large amount of time on social media, so why not reach out to them where they are? They are far more likely to get the message than if it is in a place where they must make a special effort to log in and view. In addition, group projects can be made more engaging using social media, such as having students share a Pinterest board and post different scavenger hunt items, or ask them to work together to collaborate on a presentation or other project. Social media gives students a platform for sharing themselves and their talents in a way that is easy and fun most social tools accommodate pictures, text, and video in simple and flexible ways that are easy to view and share. Finally, by reaching out to students where they are, you are more likely to get them to see you and each other as members of a learning community. You are now no longer just names behind a screen, but actual people with thoughts to share. When a community comes together in this way, learning becomes more meaningful, relevant, and personal. 7FacebookAllows for private, members-only groups to be createdAlso allows for public pages to be created for a class to use for announcements and other one-way postingsYou dont have to friend your students thats a personal choiceYou can create a school-only Facebook account strictly for your class activitiesAbout Groups: Pages: infographic on Facebook in college classrooms: </p> <p>Facebook does allow for privacy! You can create Pages and Groups as a business user instead of using your personal account, allowing you to create a different persona for your class as opposed to your personal Facebook profile. And you definitely do not have to friend your students in order to enjoy Facebook as a learning tool. There is little to no danger of them seeing something you dont want them to see if you maintain separate profiles, and protect your personal profile from being seen by those who are not your friend. Of course, on the other hand, friending your students can make them see you as more of a human being, which may be an advantage and desirable to you. Tread with caution in this realm, but know that many faculty do indeed friend their college students and experience nothing but benefits as a result, including collegial relationships that last well beyond the semester. The links on this page lead you to useful information about groups and pages, as well as some useful facts and information about using Facebook in a college course.8TwitterLots of neat discussions can be had in 140 characters or less!Dont believe it? Check out students engaged and interested with short tidbits, helpful hints, and online resourcesUse hashtags to keep conversations related and easier to followAbout Twitter: https://support.twitter.comTwitter for Teachers: Ways to use Twitter in academia: great for following hashtags: </p> <p>Twitter can be an interesting and hard to negotiate landscape there are millions of 140-character tweets everywhere that it becomes difficult at times to separate the good information from the flotsam and jetsam. But, hashtags those little # signs in front of everything can help. Simply devise a hashtag for your class or assignment and now everyone can follow the conversation much more easily. For a great example, check out Dr. Fieldings English 102 class and see how she is using Twitter to keep her students engaged with questions, announcements, and direct feedback on things they do for her class. The other resources on this slide will help you get started with Twitter, take full advantage of ideas for classroom projects, and even get a handle on hashtags with has a large number of social-infused features, including the popular Hangout toolAlso, consider Google Docs as a collaborative tool or an alternative to OfficeGoogle Drive (formerly Docs): Education page with tutorials and more:</p> <p>Google has a host of useful features for educators and students, including Google+ social media, which is similar to Facebook. You have a news feed for posts by you and your friends, as well as various apps to communicate with them through. However, Google+ is typically considered not as popular as Facebook for social communication, although the Hangouts tool is considered a great alternative to Skype or other synchronous tools. Here, students and educators can get together online to chat through video and/or audio, as well as through text chat. Google Hangouts also allows you to share documents with other members of the group, and you can have up to 10 video call participants at one time. Google Docs, or now Drive as they call it, is also a great tool for collaboration, as you can share documents, presentations, spreadsheets, forms, and even drawings with multiple users and see what they are typing as they are typing it if you are all working on the same document together. This brings the idea of a collaborative paper or project beyond wikis to a whole new level, as synchronous chat can be occurring while you are working, right in the same space. In addition, for those students who do not have Microsoft Office available to them, Google Docs can be a great alternative, and of course, all of these tools are always free. 10PinterestPinterest as a teaching tool? You bet!Pinterest can take information on any topic and make it visual, user-friendly and easy to categorize and shareSo many resources are already available students can easily browse and repin things they findSimilar sites include and Learni.stPinterest Help Center: The OLT Pinboard: colleges are using Pinterest for education: </p> <p>Pinterest is a neat and very visual service designed to allow you to share pictures from websites that link to those websites, thus allowing you to create a visual collection of bookmarks on related topics. For example, if you check out the OLT Pinboard, Technology to the Rescue, all pins are grouped as they are related to online teaching and learning, and using technology in the classroom. Other similar sites to Pinterest include and, both sites designed around similar principles of curating the best information about a given topic. These sites can help students improve their information literacy as well as their understanding about a specific topic, and you can create boards that allow them to look as well as add their own findings. 11YouTubeYouTube provides a great platform for students to share and publish as well as learnWe 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: YouTube Channels to make you smarter: online video in the classroom: </p> <p>YouTube is well-known to many faculty as a place where great videos (as well as some not so great ones) can be found. YouTube actually has special Education channels now, where you can find curated content on many topics without having to wade through various videos of pets doing funny things (which are great, but not always that educational). There are a number of great channels dedicated to various topics that are worth checking out, and many different ways to integrate these videos into your teaching. Perhaps you ask students to share at least one video a week on a topic, or perhaps you ask them to review a video and post discussions on their reactions. Whatever you want to do, you can certainly accomplish a lot with a resource as rich as YouTube. 12Whats integrated into BlackBoard?Blogs for student thoughts to be shared and commented onWikis for fluid student conversations and group document editingCollaboration 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</p> <p>BlackBoard has some social media tools integrated into the Course Tools area, including Blogs and Wikis, which are tools for student-student communication and collaboration. Both can be used in ways that take typical discussions to the next level, and enhance projects and planning. BlackBoard Learn also has a chat room function under the Course Tools item Collabor...</p>