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Making Data Social. Smprism2_web_big.jpg (JPEG Image, 1602x1603 pixels) Three Practical Ideas for Using Twitter in E-Learning. Twitter’s all the rage. Some people love it. Some people hate it. But many people really don’t know much about it or don’t do much with it. I’ll have to admit, I have mixed feelings about Twitter (and much of the other social media). On one hand, I really love to play around with all of the new social media tools and am excited about what’s going on and the potential for learning. For me it’s all about context. While I do follow people, I tend to focus on topics and keywords. With all that said, Twitter is a useful tool. Click here to watch Dr. In addition to Dr. Follow the Subject Matter Expert Suppose you’re doing a course on organizational leadership. Here’s another idea for those in the education world. Another angle is to have each student represent a historical character and then they have to tweet and follow the other student characters of the time.

Follow the Subject You can assign and follow tweets via a hashtag. Someone tracking #Seahawks can now see my tweet. Build a Community. 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. Social Media in Learning examples. Here are over 100 ways that different social technologies (and tools) are being used by learning professionals worldwide - compiled from the comments of those who have contributed their Top Tools for Learning in 2009 .

" Blogs are great for learning from others, reflection, story sharing, facilitating connections among people, philosophizing, and much more" Janice Petosky, Instructional designer,West Chester, Pennsylvania " Writing a blog is a learning activity, of course, but reading the best blogs that are available is one of my most productive learning experiences. " Jerome Martin, B ook publisher, photographer and a musician from Canada. Blogging is my chief way of making sense of things" Michele Martin , Freelance Learning Consultant, USA Dan Roddy, eLearning Designer, UK " While everyone seems to get the blog thing now, few are leveraging the technology for what, at its root, it really is: a very quick web page creator.

Elaine Talbert , S econdary school principal, Australia.