The Internet and social networking - Learning and Teaching The Internet is a rich resource for teaching and learning. Web 2.0 refers to a more recent 2nd generation collection of web-based tools, usually involving social networking (sites like facebook) and amateur publishing (like blogs and youTube). Below are resources which provide more detailed information and examples for education. "Web 2.0" refers to what is perceived as a second generation of web development and web design. References ReferencesO'Reilly, T. (2005). Online and blended learning Short guide for online classesA protocol in the form of notes for teaching and learning on the internet. Social Networking Social Networking Services are building online communities of people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Blogs, photos, wikis - publishing tools Online chat and conferencing Online chatting and conferencing are approaches for synchronous communication amongst teachers and students. Online games Podcasting
Russ Warner: Top Ways Kids Hide Their Online Behavior From Parents Most parents believe they are in control when it comes to teaching a child about the use of digital devices. The reality is that children are learning at younger ages about technology, and they are largely unsupervised. A recent report said 47 percent of kids ages 8 to 12 years old have a smart phone with Internet access. Another study said kids use digital devices more than seven hours a day. In short, kids are using digital devices with Internet access most of the time after school and when not sleeping. At the same time, most parents admit their child catches on quickly and seems to learn faster about technology than they did. What Trouble? Eight- to 12-year-old kids are not typically malicious, but they are curious. Teens are another story. Unfortunately, there are teens that apply that advanced knowledge to hiding online behavior from parents. Many of these tricks can be prevented or monitored. Parental Controls Parents are busy. Admin Rights Talk About It
Controlling Social Media: Current Policy Trends in K-12 Education Social Networking | Viewpoint Controlling Social Media: Current Policy Trends in K-12 Education As social media becomes ubiquitous, schools and districts should shift from trying to control its use and toward teaching faculty and students how to build successful learning communities. As school boards address the overall challenge of social media use within schools, they should focus on the reality that the impact no longer lies only on the individual and local schools. The issues of the uses of social media in schools are multifaceted. BackgroundIn a sense, trying to control social media use is somewhat similar to trying to stop an oncoming train. Once the access points are minimized and "secured" behind digital barriers, they lose the social aspect and, therefore, the essence of their purpose. The reality is that when that happens, the only course of action is to react to the situation and discontinue employment.
How to Use Social Media for Your Education Photo credits: 1, 2 Let’s face it, most of us already spend hours on end clicking between the Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest tabs on our web browsers. In this day and age, it seems like social media consumes our daily lives. More and more colleges are expanding their social media presence every day, and — as students — it’s important to take advantage and use social media to further your education. Even if your university doesn’t have a well-established online presence, you can still benefit from the tools you already have to further your eduction. 1. Photo Credit Most college students know Facebook like the back of their hands. First, look for groups pertaining to your field of study or extracurriculars, and use these to connect with like-minded students. Similarly, consider creating an “event” to get the word out about a project or look for support on a tricky assignment. 2. Photo Credit Today, many professors use Twitter as an easy way to communicate with their students. 3. 4.
Social media use may lead to poor grades Many college students could not imagine a day without updating their Twitter feeds or Facebook statuses, but according to a recent study led by researchers at the Miriam Hospital, using social media may impair academic performance. The study was published online in the journal Emerging Adulthood last month. Unlike past studies, Miriam Hospital researchers expanded the definition of social media to include “new media” like texting and social networking. They also included “traditional media,” like magazines and books. Researchers tracked female first-year college students’ use of 11 forms of social media including television, movies, music, the Internet and video games over the course of an academic year, and found that they spend nearly 12 hours a day using social media on average. The study found a correlation between lower GPAs and higher social media use. Researchers found that different types of media use correlated with different reported academic problems.
What If Colleges Used Social Media Well? A savvy professor caught me in the hallway to discuss a presentation we had both seen on social media and its potential for local businesses. She had a great question that really threw me: what if colleges actually used social media well? I like the question a lot. It requires some definition, but that’s fine. By “colleges,” I don’t mean individual faculty, staff, or administrators. As a thought exercise, it gets radical pretty quickly. The animating principle behind the organization of traditional colleges was the scarcity of knowledge. With movable type the game changed a bit; it became possible to expect students to read outside of class. In this model, information isn’t as scarce as it had been, but it was still expensive in large quantities, and the skills needed to interpret it took more development. Now, with the web and social media, the entire concept of information scarcity is moot. Colleges have fought the most recent shift. Yes, I’m overstating, but not by much.
Connected Learning | Higher Ed Beta The headlines are legion, the sentiment, widespread: “Why Social Media is Destroying Our Social Skills” (USA Today). “Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects” (MIT Technology Review). The rise of social media, many fear, is ruining authentic interpersonal relationships. No amount of social media, we are repeatedly told, can ever equal face-to-face interaction. Social networking has altered our very vocabulary. Face-to-face interaction, long upheld as the gold standard of social connection, has increasingly been supplanted by social media as the dominant way that the young interact and communicate and develop social competencies. Nor are social media tools confined to the young. Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, Reddit, Tumbler, Twitter have reimagined social connectivity. To be sure, not all the effects of social media are unabashedly positive. What are the implications of social media for pedagogy? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
5 Best Practices to Consider When Using Facebook with Students This post was original featured on Smartblogs on Education Innovative educators realize that to run for office, run a business, or change the way things are run where you work or play, being savvy with the use of social media is important. Now you are ready to take the plunge with your students to help them change their lives and the world for the better. Before you get started, consult with your school or district to find out their guidelines and policies and keep these best practices in mind.Friending Some educators do not realize that you don’t need to friend your students to interact with them online. Educators should consider having a strictly professional profile when communicating with students on Facebook. Pioneering educators who have chosen to use Facebook with students have realized terrific rewards including greater learner engagement, deeper conversations, improvement in literacy, and greater participation than traditional classroom platforms.
Safety first but don't forget what's next when students use social media How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School Produced in collaboration with Facebook. Social media is fast becoming as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. In recent months, many schools and districts around the country have taken steps to create social media policies and guidelines for their students and staff. That said, there is no silver bullet for administrators; every school, district, and state has a different set of circumstances. 2. This team should include educators who use social media in the classroom and those who do not. This team should be open and transparent in all their conversations and decision making, and be clear about their shared goal. Questions for ReflectionDoes everyone on the team share the same goal?
Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web When Reuben Loewy took up his first teaching gig in 2012, he had a major revelation: The digital revolution has dramatically transformed the way that kids perceive reality. Perhaps that makes the 55-year-old teacher sound like a dinosaur. What he discovered is, after all, one of the most obvious realities shaping education policy and parenting guides today. But, as Loewy will clarify, his revelation wasn’t simply that technology is overhauling America’s classrooms and redefining childhood and adolescence. Rather, he was hit with the epiphany that efforts in schools to embrace these shifts are, by and large, focusing on the wrong objectives: equipping kids with fancy gadgets and then making sure the students use those gadgets appropriately and effectively. Educational institutions across the board are certainly embracing (or at least acknowledging) the digital revolution, adopting cutting-edge classroom technology and raising awareness about the perils and possibilities of the Internet.
An Identity Crisis: When Students See Themselves As Digital An Identity Crisis: When Students See Themselves As Digital by Terry Heick Students that have more control than ever over their own identity have, unsurprisingly, lost control of that identity. Coldly, and as a matter of “settings,” they are able to dictate when, how, where, and by whom they are seen. The Quantification Of A Person If you tweet something, and no one RTs or favorites, did you really say anything at all? Students define themselves through rejection and assimilation, just like adults. In lieu of the little wiggling and well-endowed app icons, students today are in a rough place. Before the normalization of technology-addiction and the fetishization of being “connected,” that identity was more of a novel function or complementary tool than living space. By the quantification and commodification of a student’s “identity,” that identity becomes other. Digital Identity Is Packaged Identity How students see themselves is the starting point for learning. Aha!