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Social Media in the Classroom

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This page contains resources for using social media in the classroom. It is organized to first introduce the viewer to the "why" of using social media tools in the classroom. The next sections are titled by the specific social media tool that is being used.

These resources are focused on history and literacy in the k-12 setting. How to Use Social Media as a Learning Tool. Teachers Guide to Teaching Using Social Media. March 26, 2014 The growing popularity and the pervasive use of social networking websites among our teens and students is a fact we can no longer ignore.

Teachers Guide to Teaching Using Social Media

Unfortunately, many school boards still promulgate laws that inhibit access to these platforms in schools and thus missing on huge learning opportunities for students. Instead of forcing an unwarranted ban on these media tools why not embrace them and turn them into learning hubs where our students can thrive academically. Using social media in education has got such a huge potential and there are a variety of ways teachers and schools can leverage the networked power of these tools to help students achieve better.

Tech Tuesday screencast: TodaysMeet. Today’s Tech Tuesday screencast is about TodaysMeet.

Tech Tuesday screencast: TodaysMeet

TodaysMeet is a backchannel site that allows a private text-based conversation to happen while another conversation/class/presentation occurs. It’s like a private chat or private Twitter. It’s very simple and can be used on practically any Internet-ready device. Link to TodaysMeet: (For notifications of new Ditch That Textbook content and helpful links, “like” Ditch That Textbook on Facebook and follow @jmattmiller on Twitter!) Related. How One Teacher Uses Twitter in the Classroom. Teachers are always trying to combat student apathy and University of Texas at Dallas History Professor, Monica Rankin, has found an interesting way to do it using Twitter in the classroom.

How One Teacher Uses Twitter in the Classroom

Rankin uses a weekly hashtag to organize comments, questions and feedback posted by students to Twitter during class. Some of the students have downloaded Tweetdeck to their computers, others post by SMS or by writing questions on a piece of paper. Rankin then projects a giant image of live Tweets in the front of the class for discussion and suggests that students refer back to the messages later when studying. GeoTweets – Inviting your network into the classroom. Last week I had a fantastic afternoon which saw, for the first time I can recall, my learning network impacting in real time on my lesson and the children’s learning.

GeoTweets – Inviting your network into the classroom

I had planned to do 2 sessions with our two Year 5 (9/10 yr olds) classes on the usual introduction to Google Earth type content but it all changed. Sometimes things just happen and I love those sort of sessions – the unknown, the edgy, the challenging sessions that we all learn more from than sticking to the usual, grey sessions we could do with our eyes closed. Pushing the boundaries a little. Needless to say Twitter and Google Earth were involved, and the latter is not a particularly new tool – but the combination of both created very powerful real time discovery. A few moments before the children came in from lunch, I asked my network to challenge the children to find them in Google Earth, to search and discover their location from a few scraps of info via Twitter. The Twitter Essay. Consider the tangible violence technology has wrought upon grammar.

The Twitter Essay

We rely on automated grammar and spell-check tools in word-processing software (so much that they’ve become a crutch). School Uses Facebook Timeline To Teach History. Amsterdam school, 4e Gymnasium, uses the social network's feature to chronologically document major historical events.

School Uses Facebook Timeline To Teach History

History classes have created a new approach to studying major historical events. Amsterdam-based school, 4e Gymnasium, has taken advantage of the popularity of Facebook and the user-friendly Timeline feature to inspire a curriculum. The page allows students to create posts, link various media, and create dialogue with fellow classmates. The class is focusing on four subjects: Magellan’s voyages, 20th century inventions, Fashion history from 1950-present, and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. Using Facebook to Engage with Historical Figures. Sara Romeyn, social studies department chair at Bullis School, MD, teaches AP U.S.

Using Facebook to Engage with Historical Figures

History to high-school juniors. In this video (2 min. 47 sec. long), she describes a project in which her students used Facebook to report on early 19th-century reform and political figures. Instead of researching and using the collected information to write reports, students created Fan pages, hosting albums of images related to their figures, detailed biographies, and continual status updates written "in character. " Teaching a lesson using diigo – part 2. The second lesson using diigo gave me an opportunity to consolidate what had worked well the first time I’d used it with a class and also to try and provide more of a framework to make sure students used the features on diigo to give them a challenging learning experience.

Teaching a lesson using diigo – part 2

Students were to look at three different websites, each containing a different poem by W.H. Auden. Using Skype to Teach History Transnationally: An Experiment. Think globally, act locally" has been popular mantra of environmental activists since the early days of the movement, and one increasingly adopted by historians, who are always looking for transnational perspectives in their research and bringing these perspectives into the classroom.

Using Skype to Teach History Transnationally: An Experiment

By using readily available technology we can take this one step further and create a transnational classroom. This recently happened at Florida State University, where we experimented with linking, across the Atlantic, students from two classrooms via Skype. In spring 2012, while working as an adjunct professor at FSU's Department of History, I taught "The Baltic states since 1300s"—a course that the department chair, Dr. Using Technology in the Classroom: Holocaust Education via Skype at its best. I recently had the opportunity to link my Grade 11 class with a Holocaust survivor.

Using Technology in the Classroom: Holocaust Education via Skype at its best

So we put the iPads away for a class and linked up over Skype with the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society in Vancouver, BC (VHEC). VHEC has an outreach speaker program where they link a Holocaust Survivor with a classroom for a 60 minutes. This could be quite expensive for our class to travel down to Vancouver, so I asked them if they would consider connecting over Skype. Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom. This year, I admitted a hard truth to myself. I wasn't having my students write enough. In an attempt to follow Kelly Gallagher’s advice that students should write more than we can assess, I decided to have them blog weekly.

One Assignment, Many Objectives After giving students some practice and solidifying my ideas by talking to a colleague and past student, I developed this assignment. Taking History Personally: How Blogs Connect Students Outside the Classroom. Blogging, the use of the internet to post commentary or links, has taken off among historians, both in the academy and beyond. For example, History News Network has a group blog of historians, and historians such as Juan Cole ( and Joshua Micah Marshall ( provide daily, historically grounded commentary for the general public. Blogging Is History: Taking Classroom Discussions Online. Some people fear that new technology will seduce kids away from books: Why bother with old-fashioned reading when you can surf the Web or play your iPod?

But for one eighth-grade history class at South Valley Junior High School, in Liberty, Missouri, technology -- specifically, a blog and a podcast -- made a book come alive. In fall 2006, South Valley history teacher Eric Langhorst asked his American history class to read Guerrilla Season, a historical novel by Pat Hughes about two boys growing up in Missouri on the brink of the Civil War.