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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.

Social Media in the Classroom - Teaching Commons

Featured Faculty Members: Kahlil Marrar of Political Science and Eric Landahl of Department of Physics. Music: Terminate the Funk, by Dub Terminator courtesy of Jamendo.com, 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.

Dipping into Social Media in the Classroom

(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.”

Julie Nilsson Smith (@julnilsmith) offers this metaphor: “Twitter is a 24/7 river of professional development--you can approach it any time with a spoon or a bucket.” Deepen Classroom Conversations and Increase Communication. 7 Fantastic Free Social Media Tools for Teachers. The possibilities for social media tools in the classroom are vast.

7 Fantastic Free Social Media Tools for Teachers

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. Grades and Upgrades, Too: Eight Things to Consider Before, During, and After Adopting Classroom Social Media. I wasn't always a social-media supporter.

Grades and Upgrades, Too: Eight Things to Consider Before, During, and After Adopting Classroom Social Media

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. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Pros and Cons of Social Media in the Classroom. 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.

Pros and Cons of Social Media in the Classroom

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. Check Out That Selfie: How to Use Social Media in the Classroom. 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.

Should teachers be using social media in the classroom?

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? A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom. Is Social Media Relevant?

A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

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.