Social Networking in Education
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Social Networking in Education
Examples of how social networking is used in schools to communicate with families and community, make connections, collaborate on projects, practice languages, build cultural understanding, and find solutions to real problems.
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Can Social Networking Make You Smarter?

Can Social Networking Make You Smarter? | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it

"Researchers have found that people with a larger social network are more likely to learn and retain skills."

Rebecca Olien's insight:

Interacting with others around a shared topic is recognized as an intregal part of learning. Socially shared learning is a part of the connectivist theory of learning and social networking plays a part in facilitating the ability for people to connect and share.

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Social Networking for Family-School Communication

Social Networking for Family-School Communication | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it

Immaculate Heart of Mary School Communication Plan 

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I was especially impressed by this example of a school's communication plan that includes e-family online newsletter, website, parent portal, Facebook, teacher emails, and other online social networking elements to keep families involved and informed.

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Schools use Facebook, Twitter to get out their message

Schools use Facebook, Twitter to get out their message | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it

"In the Portland metro area, at least eight districts made the leap this fall, signing up for Twitter or Facebook.

Though the sites won't replace the more traditional forms of communication anytime soon, they provide another way to reach out to plugged-in parents, residents without kids and even students themselves."

Rebecca Olien's insight:

Facebook and Twitter is being used in Portland Oregon Public Schools as a way to send out information and announcments through daily updates.

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Learning World Affairs Through Digital Media

Learning World Affairs Through Digital Media | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it

Global Kids uses media and technology to foster civic participation and global awareness. In its Online Leadership Program, students make games, create animated movies, and produce videos that explore global issues."

Rebecca Olien's insight:

Second Life and other digial media are used to explore topics and create platforms for important issues.

This quote from the video shows the importance of a wider network:

"One of the exciting things about using digital media as a form of youth media is that not only are the tools fascinating to work with for young people. They're very engaged around it and they can learn important skills, but it means that their potential audience is so much bigger. I mean the game that we released three years ago, The Cost of Life has been played in the past year and one-half about over one and one-half million times. To have youth know that their work can be heard by that many people can make a difference, and if that many people can just enjoy what they've done is a tremendously powerful experience to move from being a consumer to being a critical creator. And when you become a critical creator you then view yourself as a leader, one who can make a difference in the world."

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Curriki - TED Talk: House of the Future

Curriki - TED Talk: House of the Future | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it
Curriki resource: This folder contains resources for the TED Talk: House of the Future Project.
Rebecca Olien's insight:

This is a project-based unit where students design a solution based on the problem discussed in the linked TED Talk: House of the Future. The project is based on the Curriki platform where students are able to collaborate, share, and comment on each other's work and design.

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Class of the Month - ePals Global Community

Class of the Month - ePals Global Community | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it

"Hello! We are from Bulgaria. Our class is in 5th grade in Vassil Levski Secondary school. We live and study in the regional town Haskovo. We love our ePals from Rocky Hill Elementary school from Knoxville, TN, USA. It is such a magic to share mails with a friend from across the Atlantic Ocean and to see we are not so different. We learn about culture and traditions of our American class, their school life and holidays. For Christmas we exchanged beautiful Christmas cards. Now we are going to make presentations to tell about our Bulgarian typical spring holidays."

Rebecca Olien's insight:

Global exchanges about cultural customs, holidays, and everyday life is a great place to start in making important connections. Social media enables these exchanges to happen.

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Teacher Spotlight - ePals Global Community

Teacher Spotlight - ePals Global Community | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it

"Danielle Hartman (New Jersey, USA) and Miriam Orlando (Italy) collaborated on a project, Globally Connected Towards Cultural Awareness, connecting their students through email, video chat and a shared workspace to explore cultural awareness, global citizenship and the role culture plays in reading and viewing. This project will culminate with visits to both Italy and the USA for student groups in 2013 and 2014."

Rebecca Olien's insight:

Email, video chat, and shared workspaces facilitated this collaborative project to gian culture awarness and global citizenship.

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Help Us Build a Global Folklore Storybook

Help Us Build a Global Folklore Storybook | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it
Read folklore stories from around the world and contribute to our Global Folklore Storybook.
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A global folklore project were students add stories from their cultures and add comments to the online global community.

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Fly a Kite as a World Project

Fly a Kite as a World Project | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it
A annual tradition of creating and flying kites on the Equinox with images and messages for peace and a better world.
Rebecca Olien's insight:

This kite design, building and flying kite project is more than kites. It is also connected to the Declaration of Children's Rights. Social networking makes use of the Talking Kites Project Page.

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World Language Flash Mob

World Language Flash Mob | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it
Students in Sao Paolo, Brazil produce FLASH MOB as part of their involvement in iEARN-Brasil's Adobe Youth Voices Program to motivate public school students to study a second language.
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Social media was used by students to record and share their experience promoting world languages in a contagiously fun way.

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Using Facebook to Improve School Communication

Using Facebook to Improve School Communication | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it

"Facebook is a powerful tool for school administrators because its social networking structure can be used to facilitate communication and build a dynamic online community. Most parents and students have Facebook accounts, and they update them on a regular basis. This means school administrators have a powerful communication tool at their finger tips, one that can be used to share all kinds of information– blogs, event updates, photographs, and video. This information can easily be tailored to meet the personal needs of the school’s community."

Rebecca Olien's insight:

A high school administrator's insights in using Facebook to keep parents informed and build community. He makes many suggestions including the use of Facebook groups for special interests and collaborative needs.

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Jessie Rouse's curator insight, November 2, 2013 11:57 PM

Building Community through Facebook.  A great tool for giving updates about the school, etc.  My school does this too with the schools Facebook page.

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Kids Create -- and Critique on -- Social Networks

Kids Create -- and Critique on -- Social Networks | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it
Digital Remix: The Digital Youth Network's social-networking site Remix World allows students to post and share videos, as well as collaborate on projects, and more. Credit: Courtesy of Akili Lee

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Rebecca Olien's insight:

The Chicago Digital Youth Network is a digital-literacy program using Remix World that that utilizes web pages with images, profile information, and links to friend's page. Students post digital meida and use the platform to interact in discussion forums and post comments and questions.

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Eric Paul Meredith, MS, RD, CPT's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:01 AM

When kids can create work and share information online, they are energized to learn and interact with their peers.  Teachers and educators should embrace the learning that occurs from the connections and conversation that occurs after youth share and publish information.

 

The article suggests that educators should experiment with social networks by using them as an exoskeleton for classroom learning.  These networks allow teacher to get to know their students, students to connect with peers, and give outside stakeholders such as parents an opprtunity to particpate in the learning experience.

 

Instead of viewing social networks as a nonproductive activity in the classroom and asking students to disengage from facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, educators must finds ways to leverage these new media.  If students can be inspired to create, share information, and become more interested in learning, social networks definitely have a place in the classroom.

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Out of This World Learning Uses Real-World Collaboration

Out of This World Learning Uses Real-World Collaboration | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it

"In the middle of the Mojave Desert, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, students in the Mission Control room are monitoring a rocket in oblong orbit around Earth and the Moon and dutifully reporting their observations to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The fully operational space center is just one of the many student-run programs at the Lewis Center for Educational Research's Academy for Academic Excellence, a K-12 charter school in Apple Valley."

Rebecca Olien's insight:

Real-world learning connect students to collecting real data and contributing to the space program. Social media is used to communicate and share information and ideas.

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Schools in Portland, Maine use Technology for Real-World Solutions and Communication

Schools in Portland, Maine use Technology for Real-World Solutions and Communication | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it

Project Learning Meets 1-to-1 Laptop Technology
LocationKing Middle School and Casco Bay High School, Portland, ME"

Rebecca Olien's insight:

The construction of learning expeditions engage students to collaborate on projects for real purposes and audiences. Computers and social networking are integrated as tools used as needed within project design and solutions.

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Preventing West Nile | National Youth Leadership Council

"After reviewing a number of issues affecting their local area, seventh and eighth graders decided to take action and try to stop the spread of the West Nile Virus in their community. They began by conducting Internet research and reviewing information from the Department of Health and the state's River Basin Commission. From their research, they discovered there was no cure, but that members of the community, if educated, could help prevent its spread." See what they did...

Rebecca Olien's insight:

This is an example of a real-world project and using media and social networking to both research and share projects for a specific community service goal.

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Teacher Spotlight - ePals Global Community

Teacher Spotlight - ePals Global Community | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it

"The class I teach – N.O.W. (Navigating Our World) Plus - uses technology to teach students about the world around them, from right in their own backyard to thousands of miles away. During the 2012-13 school year, I had the pleasure of working with two extremely dedicated and interesting educators half-way around the world. Our students had the opportunity to learn directly from each other about the trials and tribulations of their respective countries."

Rebecca Olien's insight:

The project used mutlimedia presentations (Powerpoint, Prezi, Movie Maker, Photo Story, etc.) to create informative stories to share with global partners. Social networking was integrated throughout the process.

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Global Lunch Table Project

Global Lunch Table Project | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it
Rebecca Olien's insight:

The Global Classroom project uses Wikispaces Classroom where anyone from around the world can add links to photos and descriptions on what they eat for lunch. This creates a great database for students to use and contribute to in food realted projects.

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Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it
iEARN is proud once again to be a Global Youth Service Day partner and help celebrate young people making a positive contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people.
Rebecca Olien's insight:

Global Youth Service day is a project to help children make a postitive impact in their communities. By sharing and working together, these projects also aim to improve the quality of life on the planet. Social networking includes IEarn's blog and Facebook page for interaction, as well as sharing between schools within the online  iEarn community.

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(manyvoices) on Twitter

(manyvoices) on Twitter | Social Networking in Education | Scoop.it

A Twitter story created by 140 Elementary and Middle School Students Across the Globe..

 

Rebecca Olien's insight:

Here is an example via Twitter of a global story told through Twitter.Very fitting to have the resource actually be a Twitter page.

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