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What I Learned: One Student's Mission

What I Learned: One Student's Mission | Social Networking Case Studies | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: This is the second contribution in the “What I Learned” series, dedicated to first-person accounts from those education. This is a unique contribution from a high school senior, Paig...
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This scoop was added to this topic for several reasons.  First, it is written by a high school senior, Paige Woodard, whose mission/project is to collaborate with administrators and teachers "who encourage their students to use social media in the classroom because they believe technology and social media is a tool necessary for a beneficial education in preparation for the 21st century workforce." Secondly, Paige is working on a DVD project that not only promotes social media in the classroom, but also teaches students what NOT to do when using social media. She hopes to sell her DVD to school districts around the country.  Paige's work is an example of how educational projects using social media can teach and promote 21st century learning strategies. This curation is definitely applicable in my setting because I want on to be on a team of innovators who change my school district's current policy, and this young lady's project will be a great resource to further my cause. Her project is an example that I can use to demonstrate how it is possible to reach their goals.

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Social media find place in classroom - USATODAY.com

Social media find place in classroom - USATODAY.com | Social Networking Case Studies | Scoop.it
Growing number of educators feel it's crucial for making kids digitally literate.
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This article is from 2011, and it brings me a lot of hope in that this school district is using social media as a teaching and learning strategy, involving both students, parents, and teachers. According to Principal Eric Sheninger , "The Internet as we know it is the 21st century. It is what these students have known their whole lives. They're connected, they're creating, they're discussing, they're collaborating." This is exactly how I feel as an educator, and being exposed to and learning about how social networking is utilized and successful in other states means that it is only a matter of time in my own district.  There are some great ideas here that I would love to implement in my own classroom.

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How Twitter in the Classroom is Boosting Student Engagement

How Twitter in the Classroom is Boosting Student Engagement | Social Networking Case Studies | Scoop.it
Professors who wish to engage students during large lectures face an uphill battle. Not only is it a logistical impossibility for 200+ students to actively participate in a 90 m...
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This is a great example of how Twitter can be used in the classroom, and although this case study is based on college students, it can easily be applied to high school students.  One interesting outcome was that student engagement was enhanced through utilizing Twitter to ask or respond to questions.  Students were a lot less shy and apprehensible about participating.  I can see where this would be a huge advantage in my honors classes.  In addition, the professors noticed that students were continuing conversations outside of class because Twitter has no time limit.  Isn’t that what all educators want?

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Social media in the classroom: Why and how to use it

Social media in the classroom: Why and how to use it | Social Networking Case Studies | Scoop.it
Should teachers use social media in the classroom? As with every other educational tool, there are a few guidelines to follow before introducing it.
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Well, I want to move to Massachusetts’ Burlington Public Schools after reading this case study!  Social media is definitely embraced in this school district as seen in this case study, and the Assistant Superintendent believes that it helps students become proficient not only using technology, but also to "create, critique, analyze and evaluate multimedia text. He also feels it allows kids to manage and analyze streams of information."  So many kids at my high school would benefit from this approach.  We have a huge population of ELL, and because we are a Title 1 school, our kids lack so many skills to reach that proficiency level. 

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Social Media's Winning Educational Ways | Social Networking | TechNewsWorld

Social Media's Winning Educational Ways | Social Networking | TechNewsWorld | Social Networking Case Studies | Scoop.it
Social media is changing the way teachers teach and students learn. When students from the Montclair Kimberley Academy visited Ireland a few years ago, they blogged on Wordpress, posted photos on Flickr, uploaded videos to YouTube, and tweeted.
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 I added this to my curated collection because it specifically talks about how using social media helps students develop a digital portfolio.  Today, competitive colleges, employers, and recruiters are very interested in how students behave online.  Students need to understand their digital footprint and teaching kids how to be responsible 21st learners is key.  For the first time in my career, I am going to teach this concept to my students.  EDTECH 543 has really hit this home for me, and I know I can make a deifference in their approach to using social media-at least I hope I can. 

 

 

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More professors using social media to teach

More professors using social media to teach | Social Networking Case Studies | Scoop.it
A month before they walked into her classroom last fall, Krista Jackman told her freshmen writing students to join Twitter. Their assignment: get to know each other.
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I chose this case study because as an honors English teacher, my job is to get my students ready for college, and if college professors are using social media in their classrooms, (41% of college professors use social media as a teaching tool),  I should be able to prepare my students by teaching them how to make meaningful posts. For example, this article states, "one of the most common critiques from students is that using social media with a deliberate purpose is difficult." If I can begin teaching this skill at the high school level, students and professors will have a more meaningful learning experience utilizing social networking tools. 

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Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom | Social Networking Case Studies | Scoop.it
This year, I admitted a hard truth to myself. I wasn't having my students write enough. In an attempt to follow Kelly Gallagher’s advice that students should write more than we can assess, I decided
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Blogging can really bring the "Writer" out in students, and this is a great example of how one teacher realized how true this is.  This case study demonstrates how much students learned through the process of writing a blog post every week. Not only did their persuasive and expository skills improve, but they also improved in terms of sentence structure and mechanics. I would love to be able to experience this with my kids.  It's too bad that these sites are blocked in my district, at least, for now. I'm thinking about having kids access Weebly and treating it like a blog because it isn't blocked!

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Teachers Leverage Digital Tools to Improve Teens' Writing

Teachers Leverage Digital Tools to Improve Teens' Writing | Social Networking Case Studies | Scoop.it
High school teachers use blogs and social networking in their lessons to enhance students’ writing.
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This case study describes how teachers use blogs and other forms of social media to teach writing.  I would love to be able to use these tools because as this article points out, when students know that they have an audience for their writing, other than just their teacher, they care more about it.  From my own experience, when students care about what they are writing, their purpose and their intellect are challenged and inspired.  Again, I can use Weebly for this since all the blogs are blocked!!!

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Tweeting and teaching in the classroom

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Before dawn Monday, administrators at Peru High School sent out a tweet reminding their 513 Twitter followers that school was delayed two hours becaus
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 This is another inspiring example of how the administration, teachers, and students are using social networking and social media as teaching and learning strategies. For instance, teachers are accessing Twitter and using education-related hashtags "to communicate with educators across the country and share ideas." In addition, the educators also have their own section on Pinterest where they to share lesson plans.  The teachers have shared that the ability to access social media and utilize it in their classrooms has cut their planning time in half, which almost always means the time they are cutting in half is the time they spend out of the classroom working on schoolwork. This applies to me, especially because I teach high school English at a Title 1 school.  Because of EDTECH 543, I've accessed a whole new wealth of information, and I too hope to cut my time in half utilizing social media more often to lesson plan.

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In Minnesota schools, teaching and tweeting

In Minnesota schools, teaching and tweeting | Social Networking Case Studies | Scoop.it
Mahtomedi High School language arts teacher Sarah Lorntson reminds her students about assignment deadlines and shares writing advice even when they're not in her classroom.
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This teacher uses Twitter to communicate with her students about assignments, and she has found that her students want MORE.  It demonstrates that our students want to be connected, but it also demonstrates that there needs to be a line drawn, one of professionalism verses friend.  My students have asked me if they can follow me on Twitter, and I want to provide them with that resource, but first, I need to consider what guidelines need to be in place.

 

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