Social Media in e-Learning
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Social Media, while sometimes described as a time waster and blocked by some schools, is actually a great tool for education. Educators can use social media as part of their Personal Learning Network , to share resources, learn, discuss, connect, and more with other educators around the world. They can also use it to connect and communicate with students and parents, have students connect with each other and share, and so much more. Like any other technology, it's how the tool is used that is important. Schools and educators should use social media for learning, sharing and communicating. Here are some articles on how to use social media in education:
On the question of students, teachers , and social networking , CNN's Schools of Thought blog posed this question on Jan. 20: Do you think there are more benefits or downsides to this kind of communication ? As a public high school teacher, it's a question I have pondered often. How do schools make sure communication between students and teachers stays appropriate without placing outright bans on many useful, instant forms of communication?
I’m fascinated by the impact Social Media has had on just about everything we do, including how we learn and how we share knowledge with our peers. It’s no exaggeration to say that we are now learning something new all the time, from just about anywhere there’s a connection, and through just about any mobile device. I can’t think of a better time in history to be alive than now. Some people may call this Social Learning, or Informal Learning, I just call it Learning.
There are so many GREAT educators on Twitter and it’s great to connect, learn, and grow from them. One day my class and I tweeted about Greece with someone IN Greece. Now that I have completely embraced Skype in my classroom, I’m realizing even more that global learning adds a whole new wonderful layer to an ordinary day in the classroom. I started thinking, could a Twitter account help us connect to other classrooms, keep our conversations going, learning about weather, cultures, differences, and similarities around the world? I could use my own Twitter account.
My Masters thesis (the full title is The Twitter experience : the role of Twitter in the formation and maintenance of personal learning networks ) is now public in the DSpace archives at Royal Roads University. Here is the abstract: This qualitative phenomenological study involving in-depth interviews with seven educators in K-12 and higher education examines the role that the microblogging service Twitter plays in the formation and development of Personal Learning Networks (PLN) among educators. A double hermeneutic data analysis shows that Twitter plays a role in the formation and development of PLNs by allowing educators to; engage in consistent and sustained dialogue with their PLN, access the collective knowledge of their PLN, amplify and promote more complex thoughts and ideas to a large audience, and expand their PLN using features unique to Twitter.