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Social Media in the Classroom

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Franchesca Gantt

on 6 February 2013

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IN THE CLASSROOM What is social media? social media: forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content. Webster says... World of Warcraft / MMORPGS
MMORPGS (Massively multiplayer online role-playing games) have become social networks in their own right. The most famous of these is World of Warcraft, where players interact both in the game world and on related forums and community sites.
Social interaction within the games ranges from teams set up specifically for tactical reasons within the game to friendships to romances. MMORPGS became popular in the early 2000s, though there were other online role-playing and other games prior to that. Six Degrees
Six Degrees was launched in 1997 and was the first modern social network. It allowed users to create a profile and to become friends with other users.
While the site is no longer functional, at one time it was actually quite popular and had around a million members at its peak.
In 2000 it was purchased for $125 million and in 2001 it was shut down. LinkedIn
was founded in 2003 and was one of the first mainstream social networks devoted to business.
Originally, LinkedIn allowed users to post a profile (basically a resume) and to interact through private messaging. They also work on the assumption that you should personally know the people you connect with on the site. What is the history of social media and how is it entering the classroom? MySpace
was founded in 2003 and by 2006 had grown to be the most popular social network in the world.
MySpace differentiated itself from competitors by allowing users to completely customize the look of their profiles. Users could also post music from artists on MySpace and embed videos from other sites on their profiles. Facebook
started out as a Harvard-only social network back in 2004, it quickly expanded to other schools, then to high schools, businesses and eventually everyone (by 2006).

In 2008 Facebook became the most popular social networking site, surpassing MySpace, and continues to grow. Facebook doesn’t allow the same kind of customization that MySpace does. Facebook does, however, allow users to post photos, videos and otherwise customize their profile content, if not the design.
Facebook has added a number of features over the past few years, including instant messaging/chat and apps (and their developer platform).
Users have a few different methods of communicating with one another. Private messaging is available as well as writing on another user’s wall. Wall posts are visible to that user’s friends, but usually not to the general public. Users can easily change their privacy settings to allow different users to see different parts of their profile, based on any existing relationships (the basic privacy settings are “only friends”, “friends of friends”, and “everyone”).
Users can post notes that are visible to all of their friends. Users can also comment on or, more recently, “like” the posts of their friends, and conversations often occur within the comment sections among multiple people. What's next? Niche Social Networks
As social networking grew, niche sites began cropping up for specific interest groups. There are now social networks for virtually every hobby, passion, interest, industry and group that you could imagine.

is a platform for creating niche social networks. Networks are hosted by Ning but can take on their own personality and can even pay to have their own branding instead of the Ning brand.
New users can either create social networks for any niche they choose or join any of more than 1.5 million existing networks. Niche Social Networks

As social networking grew, niche sites began cropping up for specific interest groups. There are now social networks for virtually every hobby, passion, interest, industry and group that you could imagine.


is a platform for creating niche social networks. Networks are hosted by Ning but can take on their own personality and can even pay to have their own branding instead of the Ning brand.

New users can either create social networks for any niche they choose or join any of more than 1.5 million existing networks. Flickr
has become a social network in its own right in recent years. They claim to host more than 3.6 billion images as of June 2009.

Flickr also has groups, photo pools, and allows users to create profiles, add friends, and organize images and video into photo sets/albums. One of Flickr’s major advantages is that they allow users to license their photos through Creative Commons, as well as retaining all copyrights. YouTube
was the first major video hosting and sharing site, launched in 2005.

Users can upload videos up to 10 minutes long and share them through YouTube or by embedding them on other websites (social networks, blogs, forums, etc.).

YouTube now allows users to upload HD videos and recently launched a service to provide TV shows and movies under license from their copyright holders. YouTube’s major social features include ratings, comments, and the option to subscribe to the channels of a user’s favorite video creators. Twitter

was founded in 2006 and gained a lot of popularity during the 2007 SxSW (South by Southwest) conference.

Tweets trippled during the conference, from 20k per day to 60k. Twitter has developed a cult-like following and has a number of famous users (Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Soleil Moon Frye, MC Hammer, Oprah, Martha Stewart, and many, many more). Pinning 101

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse boards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

People use boards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and share their favorite recipes. As the world’s largest online language learning community, Livemocha fuses traditional learning methods with online practice and interaction with native language speakers from around the world. Social Media is changing the world and the way our classes interact with the rest of it. The first evidence of social media just turned 20. It was a text message. The message was in December 1992; it was a Christmas message. The numbers don't lie. Change is here.
The ages are not surprising either. Digital Natives! 10 important principles to consider that will help implement a safe and effective social media policy in schools:
1. Bring in experts: Working with both a legal team and social media experts is a good way to ensure the crafting of a solid social media policy, one that takes into account the benefits, risks and fast-changing landscape.
2. Make a clear written policy: The policy needs to plainly inform teachers, students and parents about what is and isn’t acceptable behavior and list the consequences of inappropriate behavior. The policy can be written and reinforced verbally and signed by all to confirm their understanding of every aspect of it.
3. Highlight past transgressions: The best way to connect with people is to humanize the issue. Schools could talk about previous cases of misconduct which led to firing of teachers and expulsions of students.
4. Strive for accountability: Remind teachers and students that they will be held accountable for everything they write on social media sites. How do you start serving the natives?
As an administrator, policy is important!
Before embarking on SM in your class(es),
define all rules clearly and seek help doing so! What are some Pros and Cons of SM in the classroom? Pros:
"Free" tools
"Endless" tools
Familiar tools
Great as student and teacher resources
Ability to store and share materials
Reaches different learning styles
Ease of access
Peer to peer support
Immediate feedback
Connect with stakeholders
Enhanced engagement
Allows for flipped classroom
Little to no dependency on textbooks
Connects the world Cons:
Risky (there are risks in everything you do)
Limits face to face communication
Limited research on SM
Continual change
Digital Footprint (Be SMART!)
Inappropriate content sharing and exposure
Technology infrastructure issues
Exposing haves and have-nots
Controlling devices entire classperiod Controversial!
Where to begin? References:
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-pinterest-teaching-learning (video)
http://blogs.sungard.com/ps_k12/2010/10/13/is-social-media-right-for-your-school-district/ http://socialtimes.com/files/2012/02/Social-Media-Education972.png
google.com THANK YOU! ANY QUESTIONS? By: Franchesca Gantt
MELS 604
December 11,2012 5. Create a classroom page: Teachers could consider establishing a separate classroom Facebook fan page that is safe and secure. By doing so, you are creating a safe environment to facilitate an online community full of learning.
6. Report inappropriate behavior immediately: If somebody writes or does something inappropriate through social media, reporting it immediately is very important. The good news with social media is that there will be electronic proof, and this avoids the typical “he said, she said” scenario found in many schools.
7. Remind students of proper use: On school time, social networking sites need to be used for learning activities and not leisure activities such as video gaming.
8. Assess policy vs. reality: Just because a policy is written does not mean it will be followed. Many “unwritten” rules will take shape, and the school needs to be vigilant and continuously reshape policy to match what is happening “on the ground.”
9. Involve parents and the community: Involving parents and the community is also important as this allows them to “police” proper conduct and keep a watchful eye.
10. Bring the risks to light: Children will use social media outside the classroom, thus the classroom is the perfect place to teach them about risks. Just as teachers tell children not to get in a stranger’s car, talking about the dangers of online predators can be incorporated into school learning and prepare them for life outside school.
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