Are you ready to bring social networking to your classroom? If you’re looking to make your classroom more relevant, connected, and meaningful to your students, it’s the best place to start. Study after study has confirmed the benefits of networking.
Dr. Rankin, professor of History at UT Dallas, wanted to know how to reach more students and involve more people in class discussions both in and out of the ...
Cell phones and social media are sometimes viewed as the anti-thesis of paying attention and staying engaged in class. I'm doing this for the first time this semester, what I am calling "the Social Media Classroom" and so far, it's been fruitful.
Should Facebook be allowed in the classroom or should it be banned? Can it be used to contribute to classroom discussion, or is it a distraction that takes up precious time?
When it comes to opinions on the use of Facebook in education, there’s a pretty clear dividing line: one side believes that when used in the right way, Facebook can be a tool, while the other thinks it is a distraction that should be kept away from schools. Where do you stand on this?
I've always struggled to find a way to engage students in 10 minutes before a college class begins. I don't want to give any content, but still want to engage them more than them just staring at the wall. Next semester, my plan is to post tweets on 'wiffiti' or 'visible tweets' relevant to the class discussion to plant the seeds of a discussion before class begins.
Wondering how you are going to keep up with a large twitter conversation? Try this Twitterwall called Monitter. Many tweets fit on one page, pictures and names are large so you can identify the contributors. The multiple columns like Tweetdeck is smooth, making this quite functional to follow several 'backchannel' conversations. Displayed is http://www.visibletweets.com which prettier, but less functional for a high volume conversation (good for a guided discussion, with one tweet at a time).
How can you scroll through tweets in the classroom where student are all working of different projects? Want to provide a class with simulating information in the 10 minutes before class starts (but still can't officially start since you are waiting for all to arrive)? This might provide an elegant solution: @visibletweets!
Combine sharing pictures and narration and what do you get? Slidestory! Slidestory is a new, exciting and FREE way to make presentations and share them on the Internet. I see numerous ways in which educators can use a tool such as this for the benefit of their students.
Typically I only post things I enjoy, but this I posted precisely because I disagree with the premise of the article, or at least the assumption some might make based on the title. Yes, if you say something truly offensive and unprofessional on Facebook (that would warrant firing if said to a parent or school administrator) you can still get fired! The article only points out that ridiculously unprofessional teachers can't hide behind the defense of 'privacy' when information is so easily accessible. A more accurate title for this article? "Friendly Advice for Teachers: Learn how to be Professional with Social Media."
Teachers should 'beware facebook' as much as a surgeon should beware of the scalpel. Yes, it is sharp and deadly, but it can be a precision tool in the hands of an expert. This is no reason to avoid all knives. Maybe 'handle with care' not 'beware.'
Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.
By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.
It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.
And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,
to the unique rare fish swimming through it.
The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different.
Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:
ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed
2) Social intelligence:
ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
3) Novel and adaptive thinking:
proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based
4) Cross-cultural competency:
ability to operate in different cultural settings
5) Computational thinking:
ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning
6) New media literacy:
ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication
literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines
8) Design mindset:
ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes
9) Cognitive load management:
ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques
10) Virtual collaboration:
ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team
I like this because it is a neat and easy introduction to a very important and influential educational approach. Also, it got me thinking...how does social media and technology in the classroom fit in with Bloom's taxonomy?
At it's core, the goal is to move students for the simple domains of learning (remember, understand) to higher domains of learning (apply, analyze, evaluate and create). Social media can invert the 'sage-on-the-stage' paradigm where the teacher becomes the 'guide-on-the-side.' This means that students become producers of knowledge...definitely a positive in terms of Bloom's taxonomy.
"A lot of people use Twitter, obviously, but how is micro-blogging interesting for a teacher or education personnel in general? I think it's an amazing tool for professional development and so do quite a few very interesting pedagogues from all over the world."
I, like others, believe that digital curation might just be the next new activity that academics in higher education will need to adopt. In my classrooms, it has changed the paradigm for how I deliver content to students, interact and collaborate with them. At the same time, it is fundamentally changing how I perceive and approach publishing and research (which at it's core is about disseminating information to a large audience).
Some question brought up by the author of this article:
- What skills will academics need to be effective digital curators? - How ready are they to adopt this activity? - How ready are the systems in our institutions (learning management systems, hardware, software availability, etc but also institutional career progression and research systems) to support the academics in this? - How does this fit into the concept of digital scholarship?
Knowledge and how students learn has changed as technology and society has changed. Is education about gaining information or learning how to think? Allowing students to learn from trying (and yes, failing) is critical for engaging students with the content.
I see 3 main components of Digital Media Curation: Filters, Guideposts and Commentary. The internet is brimming with information (over 200 million tweets per day) and we are trying to drink out of firehose if we don't have 'filters' to help us find the quality amidst the quantity. By recommending quality links we can also show how to find valuable information with 'guideposts' to navigate the web for any particular topic. Also, curation requires more than just a link, but a some form of 'commentary' explaining the value of the link, suggestions on how the information could be used, or even the limitations of the author's perepective. Filters, Guideposts and Commentary: that's digital media curation.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.