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How to Use Social Media as a Learning Tool

How to Use Social Media as a Learning Tool
Social media is an ingrained part of today’s society. Our students are constantly on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and likely many sites we’re not hip enough to know about, and by reading this blog, you’re interacting with social media at this very moment. If you want to bring the “real world” into the classroom, consider integrating social media into your lessons. No Longer a Distraction Image via Flickr by Sean MacEntee When used carefully, social media can be a useful tool rather than a distraction. Education-based sites such as Edmodo, Edublog, and Kidblog provide alternative social media sites for posting status updates and announcements, blogging, and microblogging. Create a Class Facebook Group Facebook is known as a place to post status updates, announcements, photos, and video — all things that we likely use in our classes anyway. A Facebook group also creates a space for students to ask and answer questions. Start a Topical Twitter Feed Require Students to Blog In Short

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Change the privacy settings for your video - YouTube Help A private video can only be seen by you and the users you select. The video won’t appear on your channel or search results and will be invisible to other users. Channel connected to Google+ You need to link your channel with Google+ in order to share a private video with other users. If your channel is connected to Google+, you’ll see a field under the “Privacy Settings” drop-down menu where you can add the profiles or email addresses of the people with whom you’d like to share your video. Google boss warns of 'forgotten century' with email and photos at risk Piles of digitised material – from blogs, tweets, pictures and videos, to official documents such as court rulings and emails – may be lost forever because the programs needed to view them will become defunct, Google’s vice-president has warned. Humanity’s first steps into the digital world could be lost to future historians, Vint Cerf told the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in San Jose, California, warning that we faced a “forgotten generation, or even a forgotten century” through what he called “bit rot”, where old computer files become useless junk. Cerf called for the development of “digital vellum” to preserve old software and hardware so that out-of-date files could be recovered no matter how old they are. “We don’t want our digital lives to fade away. If we want to preserve them, we need to make sure that the digital objects we create today can still be rendered far into the future,” he added. The problem is already here.

7 Ways You Can Use Texting to Your Advantage in the Classroom Via Edudemic If you were to take a glance around a classroom in which no smartphone policy has been set, it would be easy to conclude that texting at school is nothing but a distraction. Just look at all of those bent heads and rapidly moving thumbs! 9 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Classroom It’s overwhelming to think about packing up the summer, heading back to the classroom, and adding a new instructional strategy to your already overflowing toolbox. Yet, ostensibly, you are a fairly proficient computer user who dabbles in social media (you’re reading this blog, right?), so you are curious about how it might fold into your curriculum. I apply social media in my classroom to help students view it as something that can–and will–influence their academic and professional life, hence the value of its responsible and ethical use. Here are nine strategies–one for each month of school– for incorporating social media into your classroom in ways that can encourage critical thinking through analysis and engagement.

Guidelines for media management in higher education A media management strategy and its attendant platforms need to support a policy framework that addresses institutional responsibilities towards student learning, student well-being and personal development, including over-arching accessibility policy objectives. Video is increasingly becoming an essential element at all levels of Education. Four billion Youtube videos are viewed each day. Online media is the underlying technology supporting the highly successful Khan Academy and xMOOC providers such as Coursera, Udacity and EdX. Our students are “prosumers” of video (ie produce and consume). A sophisticated capability for the management, publishing and distribution of online media is essential to the sustainable delivery of online and blended courses demanded by current and future students.

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10 Things Your Students Should Know About Their Digital Footprints Building a digital legacy is an issue I believe doesn’t garner enough attention in our personal and professional lives. In fact, some of the heaviest users of online tools and social media, are our young students, who are growing up as a generation of visual learners and visual attention seekers. This is in fact the Facebook and YouTube generation, and the reality is that many teens are unconcerned about the dangers of sharing personal information online. How to Be More Open to Learning New Technology: 8 Steps Edit Article Sometimes it can be hard to accept that you're behind the times. But it can become frustrating to maintain a stubbornness in the face of changing technology, as you'll soon be left at the mercy of those who do know. Whether you've stopped keeping current or you've just never been particularly interested in technology until now, if you've decided that the time has come to embrace the constant upgrades pay your bills online bill and keep up with friends living afar by internet, then you'll be glad to know it's always possible to learn new technology. All it takes is openness to the experience and willingness to spend a little time learning.

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This provides a lot of great examples of social media being used in the classroom. While it does not specifically refer to any one age group all of the ideas can be taken and altered to be appropriate in a kindergarten (or any other age) classroom. Some of the sites are ones I don't use regularly so I hadn't thought of using them in the classroom. Overall it has some great ideas for getting started with social media use in the classroom. by ampengilley Jul 14

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