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7 Reasons To Leverage Social Networking Tools in the Classroom

Instructional uses of social networking software can provide opportunities for learning, connecting, and engagement. This year, I’ve written frequently about popular social media tools, and education-specific social networking apps, and social enterprise solutions. I’ve also noticed increasing coverage of this topic in the media recently. Maybe it’s just me paying more attention to it … or maybe it signals an increasing acceptance of these types of tools as legitimate and effective resources for the classroom. Social networking tools aren’t going away any time soon, they appear to be here for the long term. 7 ways in which “social learning applications” can play an impactful role in education: Engagement: Using social media and networking tools obviously has a social aspect to it, and it requires proactive effort on the part of the user. Social Learning: Bandura’s Social Learning Theory posits that “people learn from one another, via observation, imitation, and modeling”. Print This Post

The English Blog China's President ends a three day visit to France. Trade and business deals have been on the agenda. David Pollard looks at just how much China can offer a struggling France in terms of help and investment. TRANSCRIPTREPORTER: Politicians call it pressing the flesh. There was plenty of it as France offered handshake after handshake to the visiting Chinese delegation. IDIOMS1. 10 internet technologies that educators should be informed about There are so many different tools and technologies available on the internet today, and so many associated terms and concepts. As I think about topics to focus on here in the coming months, I want to make sure we’re touching on the most important ones. What are the most important internet technologies for educators to be aware of, and informed about? I’m sure many people would probably come up with a slightly different list, but based on my observations and experiences, and feedback from faculty at my institution, I have selected the following technologies. I do not mean to imply that every educator should be expected to use all of these technologies in the classroom, but rather that every educator should understand what these are, the potential they have in the classroom, and how their students may already be using them. 1. 2. Have you considered outsourcing your call center? 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Use of brain dumps can provide you real success in exam. About Kelly Walsh

Using social media in education, Part 2: Tools, support, and technical issues Social media tools in education Social media tools are changing the education landscape. These tools tend to fall into two broad categories: those primarily intended for social networking, such as Facebook or Twitter, and those that are designed for sharing user-generated content such as blogs, YouTube, or Flickr. Social media tools have dramatically improved communication among professionals in education. Students are also keen to build their own personal networks online, and they are some of the most creative and prolific users of mainstream social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube. There are several distinct types of social media tools, although there is an increasing convergence of functionality, particularly as the largest social media sites now provide authentication and sign-up routes for an ecosystem of smaller sites. Back to top Blogs Blogs are used for news or personal updates, opinion, progress tracking and similar updates. Real-time chat and instant messaging Figure 1.

Using social media in education, Part 1: Opportunity, risk, and policy Introduction Universities and colleges increasingly are using new communication technologies to produce innovative teaching methods, thus improving relationships with staff and students. Much of this innovation is centered on social media spaces and concepts. Social media literally means media spaces that are sociable in some sense and therefore encompasses many Web 2.0 spaces (see Resources). Many of the most significant social media tools are still very young (see Figure 1 for timeline), but the concepts of social networking, online video, and blogging go back to the earliest days of the Internet. Figure 1. As the first social networking sites emerged, combining the functionality of bulletin boards with personal profiles and instant messaging tools, students were early adopters using the sites like FriendsReunited to maintain existing friendships and to establish personal support networks. Figure 2. Note: U.S. statistics are from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Back to top

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