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How social media can be used effectively in an educational environment to engage students and the community
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Broadband, Social Networks, and Mobility Have Spawned a New Kind of Learner -- THE Journal

Broadband, Social Networks, and Mobility Have Spawned a New Kind of Learner -- THE Journal | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it
Students are different today because of technology. Every educator knows this, of course, but this change is about much more than agile thumbs, shriveling attention spans, and OMG'd vocabularies.
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Pros and Cons of Social Media in the Classroom -- Campus Technology

Pros and Cons of Social Media in the Classroom -- Campus Technology | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it
While some educators embrace social media as an effective learning tool, others argue that it's disruptive and ultimately hinders learning and instruction. Social media is already on campus--but does it belong in the classroom?
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What Schools are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media

What Schools are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it

The debates about schools and social media are a subject of great public and policy interests. In reality, the debate has been shaped by one key fact: the almost universal decision by school administrators to block social media. Because social media is such a big part of many students social lives, cultural identities, and informal learning networks schools actually find themselves grappling with social media everyday but often from a defensive posture—reacting to student disputes that play out over social media or policing rather than engaging student’s social media behaviors.

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Why Students Like Social Media But Schools Don’t

Why Students Like Social Media But Schools Don’t | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it
This is an interesting article and infographic about schools and social media.

Schools and teachers need to learn about social media and use it themselves, and they need to find creative, safe a...
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Journal of Online Learning and Teaching - The End of Isolation

This research study provides new insight into how teachers use social networking sites, such as Twitter, as professional learning networks.

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How One School District Finally Embraced Social Media (Sort Of) | Edudemic

How One School District Finally Embraced Social Media (Sort Of) | Edudemic | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it

Social media sites are blocked in Springfield IL schools. For now. Thanks to a progressive new approach to social media, the district is consulting with teachers and administrators to figure out the best way to use social media.

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Social Media in the Classroom - Shake The Tech

Social Media in the Classroom - Shake The Tech | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it

If you can't beat them, join them,” is the approach educators are beginning to take in regards to social media usage in the classroom. ... But social media in itself is not a threat to education. 


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Facebook 101: Teaching Social Media in Schools and Universities | Splash Media

Facebook 101: Teaching Social Media in Schools and Universities | Splash Media | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it
Splash Media discusses how universities are teaching social media.
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How Social Media is Changing the Education Industry

How Social Media is Changing the Education Industry | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it
From the layman users to businesses, almost everyone is part of the online social ecosystem. Now, the education industry seems to be picking pace as things are getting social in schools and universities.
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Social Media Is Here to Stay: Get Out of the Way or Become Roadkill!!

Social Media Is Here to Stay: Get Out of the Way or Become Roadkill!! | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it

Instead of passing bans on connections between students and teachers on Facebook, and employing filtering software to block social media sites, the K-12 public education system needs make a giant step in the 21st century and embrace social media tools as just one of the natural ways people communicate today.

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Social Media infographics

Social Media infographics | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it
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5 Reasons Why Every School Should Have A Twitter Account

5 Reasons Why Every School Should Have A Twitter Account | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it

Twitter, much like Facebook, has the ability to set most people on opposite, potentially warring paths – you either absolutely LOVE IT, or absolutely HATE IT. To top it all, with the great debate surrounding the use of social media in schools, it must seem callous of me to recommend that schools start Tweeting and yet, here I am, to tell you that Every School should have a Twitter account and here are 5 reasons why.

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EDUCATOR’S GUIDE – Facebook for Educators

EDUCATOR’S GUIDE – Facebook for Educators | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it
Our commitment to you is to provide an easy way to stay updated as changes occur with Facebook. We created this website to do just that in addition to providing you with even more insights, guidance and resources.
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The 21st Century Principal: Top 10 Tips for Using Social Media for Administrators & Other Educators

The 21st Century Principal: Top 10 Tips for Using Social Media for Administrators & Other Educators | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it

The Digital Influence Group, a social media marketing expert group, provides a “Top 10 List for Using Social Media” obviously directed toward business and industry. Obviously, business needs are different from the needs of schools, but there is still much that can learned from their experiences with social media.

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Growing Up Digital: Experts Say Social Media Isn't Hurting Teens| The Committed Sardine

Growing Up Digital: Experts Say Social Media Isn't Hurting Teens| The Committed Sardine | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it

If your gonna let your kidz use social media u shd reed this. :) Stopping by Dunkin' Donuts for late night coffee, three Framingham High seniors disputed some educators' claims that the prevalence of social media - text messages, Facebook and Twitter - is lowering the reading and writing skills of their generation. Yet the trio of 17-year-olds largely agreed growing up digital might inhibit social interaction by substituting electronic connections for emotional ones.

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Minecraft's new creative force

Minecraft's new creative force | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it

Screen Play's 11-year-old son is a huge Minecraft fan, and many schools have now incorporated the game into their teaching.

 

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Social Media School Policy Stalled by Committee

Social Media School Policy Stalled by Committee | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it

With the advancement of technology, however, it's not surprising to see this old school method of snail-mail announcements slowly start to die out. 


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7 Reasons Facebook Should Not Be Blocked At Work

7 Reasons Facebook Should Not Be Blocked At Work | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it

Many employers seem to think that breaks are bad. In reality, breaks are necessary for productivity. It’s amazing what a 5-10 minute break every hour can do to your state of mind. Especially when you have to work in front of a screen all day in a monotonous environment.

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100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom

Read on to learn how you can be using Facebook in your classroom, no matter if you are a professor, student, working online, or showing up in person for class.
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How Social Media Can Improve Student Grades… | Bit Rebels

How Social Media Can Improve Student Grades… | Bit Rebels | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it

The topic about whether or not it's appropriate for a student and a teacher to be friends on Facebook has been in the news a lot lately.

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How Social Media can Enhance Schools as Professional Learning Communities

How Social Media can Enhance Schools as Professional Learning Communities | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it

The field of social media is a burgeoning area of communication, and one that educators cannot ignore. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Diigo, GooglePlus – these platforms for communication are not going to go away; and while there is a great deal of negative media surrounding their use, they can be harnessed to create myriad possibilities for schools as learning communities.

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Why the Facebook Group My Students Created for Themselves is Better than the Discussion Forum I Created for Them.

Why the Facebook Group My Students Created for Themselves is Better than the Discussion Forum I Created for Them. | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it

This semester something new happened, though. My students created a Facebook group for my class (and then invited me to join it!). Slowly I’ve watched and noticed more and more, that students are posting on that Facebook group instead of the discussion forum I’d created for them!

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Does social networking result in poor grades? | The Creative Education Blog

Does social networking result in poor grades? | The Creative Education Blog | Social Media and Schools | Scoop.it

Why one teachers doesn't agree that social networking is a waste of time that results in poor grades.

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