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How can you assess the benefits of social media for education?

Anggie Raymundo

on 24 October 2013

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Social Media ...
presence of peer assisted learning
Interest of child combined with learning academic subject
better understanding and accommodation to child's learning style
Back to the drawing board ?
Social media in action - real time assessment
'WTH?' is social Media ...
Creation & exchange of user-generated content
E.g. Youtube, Facebook, Twitter
Why is it important to educators?
dominant in society and everyday
life of most students
future & potential uses can improve
teaching pedagogy
changing the motivation and
view of students concerning
school work
•Schools are generally wary of use of social media so it is
often banned.
•This does not account for student access outside of school (e.g. 'Bored of Studies'), and risks (e.g. Cyber-bullying) which make it a serious issue to consider.
Social media can be difficult to use without instruction. E.g. only 4% of Twitter’s users under 16 - don't assume knowledge.
Lessons in social media can be time-consuming and frustrating if things go wrong
Scaffold and model – guide students.
Government provides technologies such as smart-boards,
Teachers - lack of professional development in social media - results in misconceptions, misinformation and misuse on teacher's part.
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr

1st official SNS , SixDegrees
more recently -facebook -instagram -youtube
Think about future uses of technology and social media in education
Acknowledge that physical or online presence can be used in monitoring and guiding students
Can work towards integration of social media in education and create strategies to eliminate problems associated
smart phones, laptops, tablets, computers
younger children are technologically exposed
easier access to social media
teaching tools
smart boards
roll out of
Current Attitude and Use in Classrooms
Problem :
Can provide vast possibilities
and benefits for students despite
perceived disadvantages.
However it dependent on how social
media is integrated and implemented in
the classrooms and the curriculum
Social Media use in education

For teachers:
allows teachers to collaborate, support, and access useful information across different geographical locations and at any time
allows educators to build a personal learning network
can be used to gather instant feedback, mentor colleagues and attend online conferences.
allows the discovery of new websites and sources of information
provides new opportunities for communication between teachers , parents and students
Case Study – Lloyd (2011)
•Mistake of assuming familiarity - None of the students had used Twitter before.
•10 minute lesson took 35 minutes.

What does this mean?
Case Study – Coulombe (2011)
•Private School utilizing Facebook to study 'Pride and Prejudice'
•Students took on the role of characters.
•Included student in hospital awaiting major surgery.

•Student engagement was higher following social media lesson.
For students:
-Subjective benefits:
•Students enjoy classes and participate.
•Are more engaged with material (Coulombe, 2011).
•Greater innovation, creativity and risk taking (academically!).
•Accommodates different learning styles with greater flexibility in lessons (e.g. absent students).

-Objective benefits:
•Improved assessment results.
-social media is
becoming user friendly
- wider range of possibilities in educating, and greater choice in exploring social media for future use
-beneficial when dangers and distractions are minimized
-therefore school and teacher's role is important in integrating
social media in classrooms
to maintain a relevant learning environment
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Bonk., C. J., (2006, January) The Future of Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: The Survey Says. Why IT matters to higher Education Educase Review.
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-Casey, G. (2011). Knowledge-building: Designing for learning using social and participatory media. eLearning Papers, 27, 1-7.
•Coulombe, M. (2011). Pride and Prejudice and Facebook: social media in a Year 9 English classroom. English in Australia 46 (3), 89-93.
•Daniel, L. (2011). Lit-Borg: Shakespeare meets Edmodo. English in Australia, 46 (3), 96-98.
•Douch, A. (2009). A confluence of changes. Professional Voice, 7 (2), 43-49.
Dunn, J., (2011, January) The 10 Best and worst ways social media impacts education. edudemic. Retrieved from http://edudemic.com/2011/07/social-media-education/
Ellison, N. B. (2007) Social Network Sites: Definition , History and Scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), 210-230.
•Gresham, P & Gibson-Langford, L. (2012). Competition, games, technology: boys are loving English. English in Australia, 47 (1), 81-89.
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Problems & Disadvantages
Social Media in the classrooms
Case Study – Daniel (2011)
•Edmodo – private network similar to Facebook in public school for Advanced English
•Role-playing in Shakespeare’s play Merchant of Venice.
•Updated their character’s “status” at the end of each scene.
•Teacher monitoring as “William Shakespeare”.
•Not assessable, students were strongly engaged, taking on their own character and monitoring the “status” of other characters.

Conclusion - Wide application of social media, public and private schools, advanced and standard classes.
difficult for teachers to monitor and control students use of social media
social media exposes students to inappropriate material and sexual predators
students are opened to public scrutiny of their online personas
the personal information revealed on social media may put physical safety at risk
cyber-bullying is prevalent especially because it provides ease of access to many other students
its persistently distracting, potentially addicting, tempting to wonder and go off track
contains irrelevant information
there are also issues of risk, copyright, liability and privacy
technology taking over
Emerging social media
Did you know?
Social media can trace
its origins back to 1979 with
the creation of "Usenet"?
This social media website created
for an american university's
students allowed internet users
to post public messages.
information overloads, increased 'personal' connection to friends
is leading to addiction with constant checking of up-dates of information
Potential Benefits
Potential Benefits/Uses?
Overcome barriers of distance e.g. rural education.
Interactive learning sessions - students as active and constructive learners.
Online classes and learning earlier in education to instruct younger students on safe use.
Improved communication between teacher and student.
evolving technology quite new for teachers and education
and potential uses have not yet been fully explored
Less interactive uses of the internet or computers
Online exams/ online assignments
Youtube / video's / image presentations
Introduction to online sharing (moodle/
Bored of studies)
How can we
assess the
of social media
in education ?
Skills gained
Future uses of social media
in education
Pro's vs. Con's
The Pro's have it
Expanding using Social media
Using online forums, blogs or Q&A websites to engage critical thinking and test understanding
Creating interactive games which both teach and quiz children about topics
Form social networking communities to share and gather information
Activities which are relevant to the children's
time and world.
Brother - math over minecraft
prevention/awareness programs i.e. cyber bullying
teaching safety and avoiding
danger on social media/internet
Encouraging teachers in creating
interactive activities & training
them in new technologies thus maintaining control
Life skills (using the internet out of the educational context) i.e. privacy, safe using
Enhance critical thinking
Teachers and Social Media
Were doing it for the kids:
felt personal connection to what was learnt
were more engaged & took academic risks
felt more comfortable in communication with teachers
academically achieved higher scores
more creative, critical and analytical
were less disengaged, more excited and happy
Kaplan, A.M. and Haenlein, M. (2010). Users of the world, unite! The challenges and opportunities of Social Media. Business Horizons, 53 (1), 59-68.
•Lloyd, J. (2011). Using modern social networking to teach: the danger of assumption. English in Australia, 46 (3), 93-95.
•Perren, S., Dooley, J., Shaw, T., & Cross, D. (2010). Bullying in school and cyberspace: Associations with depressive symptoms in Swiss and Australian adolescents. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 4 (28), 1-10.
•Pluss, M. (2011). Learning Using Twitter. Geography Bulletin, 43 (2), 16-18.
•Price, M., & Dalgleish, J. (2010). Experiences, impacts and coping strategies as described by Australian young people. Youth Studies Australia, 29 (2), 51.
Sheko T. (2011, summer) Using blogs to transform learning and teaching. Creating collaborative learning: Future library scenarios. Retrieved from
Sheko (2011) & Bonk (2006)
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