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Social Media in the Classroom - Teaching Commons. Teaching for Learning Videos Social Media and the Classroom DePaul University faculty members Kahlil Marrar and Eric Landahl discuss the possibilities of using Social Media for communicating with students in a medium with which they are already familiar. Featured Faculty Members: Kahlil Marrar of Political Science and Eric Landahl of Department of Physics. Music: Terminate the Funk, by Dub Terminator courtesy of, Creative Commons LicenseProduced by Todd Diemer/Heather BanasVideographer: Heather Banas Featured Students: Kreneé Alisha, Kaitlyn Griggs, Sean Parris, Kelsey Peterson, Kelly SloanSpecial thanks to Natalie Turner-Jones of The Theatre School.

Dipping into Social Media in the Classroom. When it comes to using social media in the classroom, educators on #EdTechChat are naturally a more predisposed group. (Join the conversation Monday nights from 8 to 9 pm EST.) As expected, they shared how much being a connected educator has broadened their professional lives--from developing a professional learning network to the specific classroom strategies they’ve found on social media. One participant, Mr. Dreher (@Mr_Dreher) claims that “Twitter is much more convenient and effective than going to a teacher conference once a month,” and Shannon Degan (@shannondegan) shares that “2 months on Twitter has allowed me to meet more teachers in my county (85 buildings) than past 6 years.” Once the group moved past testimonials of the power of social media, co-moderators Susan Bearden, Sharon Plante, and I helped everyone dig in to discuss how social media should be used effectively in the classroom and how to encourage more colleagues to drink from the river.

Teach Balance Barriers. 7 Fantastic Free Social Media Tools for Teachers. The possibilities for social media tools in the classroom are vast. In the hands of the right teacher, they can be used to engage students in creative ways, encourage collaboration and inspire discussion among even soft-spoken students. But we've already made our case for why teachers should consider using social media in their classrooms.

What about the how? Even when people say they want to incorporate social media, they don't always know the best ways to do so. It's especially daunting when those efforts can affect the education of your students. To help, we've collected seven of the the best classroom tools for incorporating social media into your lesson plans. EDU 2.0 is a lot like online course management systems Blackboard and Moodle, but with a couple of distinct advantages. The founder of software company The Mind Electric, who has roots in education, self-funded the development of EDU 2.0 in what the site describes as a "labor of love. " 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Grades and Upgrades, Too: Eight Things to Consider Before, During, and After Adopting Classroom Social Media. I wasn't always a social-media supporter. I didn't open a Facebook account until summer 2010, and I never tweeted until summer 2011. My opinions of social media changed after I began graduate work in education technology.

That's when my district's technology director introduced me to My Big Campus, a social-media and learning-management system developed by Lightspeed Systems. I'm now a huge proponent of online learning. 1. Student Safety: It tops my list. There are several learning management systems on the market - some are free and others charge fee. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Above all, keep this in mind: Social media is here to stay. Pros and Cons of Social Media in the Classroom -- Campus Technology. Social Media | Feature Pros and Cons of Social Media in the Classroom By Karen Lederer01/19/12 There’s an ongoing debate about the role social media should play in education. Advocates point out the benefits that social media provides for today's digital learners while critics call for regulation and for removing social media from classrooms. Finding a middle ground has become a challenge. As an educational tool, social media enriches the learning experience by allowing students and teachers to connect and interact in new, exciting ways. Web sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn provide a platform where users can dialog, exchange ideas, and find answers to questions. Despite these benefits, critics argue that there are serious risks to using social media in the classroom.

Educational Tool Today’s students arrive on campus, fluent in Web and social networking technologies. Check Out That Selfie: How to Use Social Media in the Classroom. Although many teachers agree using social media in the classroom would be beneficial for students' academic engagement, most avoid using those tools for a fear of conflicts that could arise in confrontations with parents and students. A recent survey from the University of Phoenix College of Education that surveyed more than 1,000 teachers found 47 percent of all K-12 teachers said participation in social media platforms could help enhance their students' education, and about four out of five use social media for personal use.

Still, a large majority (80 percent) say they're concerned about separating their personal and professional lives and worry that they haven't been properly trained to use social media in a professional setting. [READ: How Virtual Games Can Help Struggling Students Learn] Controversy has surrounded teachers’ use of social media and whether posts -- both about students and about their personal lives -- can be used as grounds for termination. More News: Should teachers be using social media in the classroom? Photo by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Editor’s note: About once a month, the NewsHour’s editorial staff huddles in our conference room to brainstorm ideas for “theme weeks” where we explore a single topic from all different — and sometimes surprising — angles.

The idea for an off-the-grid week came up. Stories about energy, geography and even fine arts were pitched. We also talked about the social media “grid” and asked, how long do we keep our children off the grid and is there value in young people engaging with social tools from Instagram to iPad apps? For the latter we turned to two teachers who have competing views about allowing social media in their classrooms. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Yes: Bring social media to all classrooms I have found the quietest students in my class speak the loudest on social media.

One day, Nadia, a very quiet and reserved student, walked into class and said, “Mr. “What?” At Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom. Is Social Media Relevant? Take the Quiz Before we talk social media, let's talk about the relevance of social media by taking a quiz. Which of the following is most likely to be true? ☐ Should we teach letter-writing in the classroom? Kids need to write letters and mail them. The Social Media Answer ☑ There's one form of writing that can arguably get someone fired, hired or forced to retire faster than any other form of writing.

One form of writing is that powerful. If you guessed social media, you're right. The Social Media Myth The myth about social media in the classroom is that if you use it, kids will be Tweeting, Facebooking and Snapchatting while you're trying to teach. You don't even have to bring the most popular social media sites into your classroom. 12 Ways Teachers are Using Social Media in the Classroom Right Now Tweet or post status updates as a class. It's in the Standards Social media is here.