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Social Networking: Distraction or Teacher's Best Weapon?

We're in the midst of a social (networking) revolution! How should this change the way we teach? Learn how to create social learning opportunities by strategically incorporating social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook into your blended or online
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Carolyn Kraut

on 21 April 2010

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Transcript of Social Networking: Distraction or Teacher's Best Weapon?

SOCIAL NETWORKING: distraction or teacher's best weapon? @BGSUcobl
@medwardsrhodes CAROLYN KRAUT MICHAEL EDWARDS http://sites.google.com/site/teachersbestweapon/ Do you ban social media in
your school or classroom? #sloanCsocial http://twtpoll.com/yy4qlj FACT: More than 5 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) is shared on Facebook each week. http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics "If e-learners seldom meet face-to-face and teachers mainly rely on asynchronous e-learning, students might feel isolated and not part of learning communities, which is essential for collaboration and learning." http://www-cdn.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/AsynchronousandSynchronousELea/163445 Cognitive "The combination of these two types of e-learning supports several ways for learners and teachers to exchange information, collaborate on work, and get to know each other. " Affective and CONTENT "Twitter is an effective way to broaden participation in lecture. Additionally, the ubiquity of laptops and smartphones have made the integration of Twitter a virtually bureaucracy-free endeavor." http://mashable.com/2010/03/01/twitter-classroom/ http://mashable.com/2010/01/10/educators-social-technology/ "Students have been required to participate in group message boards, which is a poor substitute for genuine intellectual curiosity. As a solution, Leicester University in the UK turned to Twitter, hoping that the popular micro-blogging technology would encourage collaboration outside of class. Students were provided with an iPod touch, given instructional materials, and told they had to make a few academic-related tweets a day. Soon, a thriving community grew, complete with @replies and hashtags flying back-and-forth between participants, tutors, and even members outside of the program." CHATTER dynamic fan wall Twitter transcript or digest to blog, then funnel to Facebook. online news, videos, lecture notes, presentations, your latest blog post... SHARING http://mashable.com/2010/04/13/social-media-ban-backfire/
general comments, synthesize content, share resources, ask questions, ACTIVITY Go to Mashable/Engadget/CNN article and look for the social icons. Click to post to Twitter, Facebook, or Buzz. Even easier if you are logged in to these services all the time like most students are. FACT: More than 60 million Facebook users engage with Facebook Connect on external websites every month. TWEETDECK manage searches, trends multiple twitter accounts Facebook updates, comments, and "like" set up twitter lists for easy sorting TASKS SCREENR REMINDER: submit exam 2 by Sunday at 11:59p #bio101exams " " " " Notes for yesterday's lecture are available here: http://bit.ly/9GSVNW @sally @jimmy @mike wanna meet at starbucks to study for the final? #bio101group3 " " D cmkraut here's my final draft for #bio101paper2: http://bit.ly/9GSVNW DM to submit assignments! SUPPORT idea/topic/event/group follow whole class, group, and global chatter at the same time http://teamcoco.com/fans Ask students follow a professional twitterer or blogger in your field of study. RT or Buzz something interesting. Summarize/synthesize via replies or comments. http://twtpoll.com/yy4qlj example question types http://twtpoll.com/examples.php POLLS/SURVEYS Gather quick feedback during a lecture or over a short period of time (asynchronously). How are you sharing How do you manage ? ? How do you and students manage ? announcements, due dates, assignment submission, group meetings... class introductions, quick tutorials Are you using ? http://screenr.com/fFx http://screenr.com/kq1 Students can post messages to Hotseat using their Facebook or Twitter accounts, sending text messages, or logging in to the Hotseat Web site. http://www.itap.purdue.edu/tlt/hotseat/ DEMO How do you provide building communities, making connections ? DMs for private encouragement Edmodo is a social network geared towards education. By design, there is no pressure to add friends and group interactions are always private. Privacy Need or prefer a closed environment for interactions? Facebook has group pages, live chat, fan pages, and the ability to comment almost anywhere. Edmodo has much of the same functionality in a private, closed environment.

Additionally, you can keep a calendar, upload assignments and grade assignments, use polls, import RSS feeds, and more. Socialize outside of the bounds of class content
Off-topic comments and “breathing room”
Questions can be asked of the whole class Students can answer for each other.
Instructor can reinforce and correct if necessary. It has some lite CMS features such as a calendar, attachments/dropbox, and grades. But primarily it is a timeline oriented social network. http://bit.ly/b1o1X1 #lrnchat
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