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Social Media in Education

A look into the trend of social media use in schools

Sonya Farmer

on 27 June 2013

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Transcript of Social Media in Education

What is Social Media?
• 27% of internet time is spent on social media sites
• Social media has incorporated into personal, work, and
educational aspects of most people’s lives.
• Social media is used more often now with teachers
through mainstream sites and educationally based sites.

Social Media Networks
There are many social media networks,
but some may be less known.
Mainstream networks include: Facebook,
Twitter, Tumbler, Flikr, and YouTube
There is however less mainstream
networks created specifically for teachers
to take ahold of this oncoming trend;
sites like Edmodo, English Companion,
and My Big Campus.

Social Media in Education
High schoolers at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, Minn. are being engaged in the classroom in a whole new way. By using social media tools and giving them access to the Internet, students are able to learn in different ways. Having discussions about their English class online has increased their level of attention and engagement in their studies.
The Trend
The History
Its Effect on Schools
Analysis of the Future
A Case for Social Media
Teachers are using social media for several reasons. One reason is to engage students. Social media was in the classroom long before teachers began using it as an educational tool. Students use it every day so why not incorporate their learning along with it. Another reason to use social media is the amount of tools available. Many kind of media are used such as status updates, videos, and podcasts for lesson plans or assignments. Teachers can show students that the use of social media can be positive when there is no negative context attached to it.
Teachers also use social networks for professional development as well. Sites that allow teachers to share ideas can improve teaching in the classroom. Individual Facebook pages or classroom pages can help communication to improve both teacher and student learning.
How Schools Use Social Media
"Social media practices are increasingly woven into the everyday lives of teens and adults, becoming a significant part of how they relate, know, and learn. Learning art through social media can be characterized as encounters with difference, both in ideas and contexts. Subsequently, the dynamics of attention shifts and distributes across collectives. "
Access to the internet and technology became
widely available in the early 1990s . Teens and
young adults born during this time have been
labeled digital natives. “In order to reach this
generation, an internet-ready, web-enabled
approach is needed ". (Liang, Commans, Duffy, 2010)
Social Media Has Been Used To
• Engage students
• Student collaboration
• School collaboration
• World collaboration
• Student resume’
• Research
• Post school announcements
• Post student achievements

Professional Use of Social Media
School are now making policies to protect the teachers and students as they use social media. They must make clear boundaries that consider the following:

sexual harassment and /or abuse
freedom of speech

How do you think schools' social media is the resource that can be utilized to improve schools?

What is the mechanism of using social media to generate social capital in school buildings?

Is a school held liable to dismiss a teacher if he or she writes on personal Facebook page to advocate or attacks same-sex marriage when this teacher is Facebook friends with the school?

Is it legal for school to censor comments made by teachers, students or parents on school media sites?

What can school administrators do to improve the effectiveness of school social media policy?
( Wang, 2013)

"In the corporate world, with its global, competitive environment, many firms have become learning organizations in order to survive and thrive. Similarly, 21st century universities that succeed will be lean, flexible, and nimble, enabling them to cross geographic and time boundaries, and to better meet the needs of future generations. The convergence of disciplines, along with the large number of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary efforts both scholarly and curricular, is one of the major motivations for seeking to build a learning organization in academia. The new media, with its reliance on instantaneous and rapid interconnected and collaborative communication, can in a cost effective manner direct the transformation of an organization into a true learning organization."
The Future

Schools will utilize more social media due to its:
* Rapid results
* Cost effectiveness
* Connected collaboration

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