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Social Media In Classrooms: A Case For Why It Belongs

Social Media In Classrooms: A Case For Why It Belongs | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Nation's The Learning Curve blog. Social Media Explorer CEO Jason Falls writes. He is also a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Family Literacy

 

Avoiding -- or worse, banning -- social media platforms for students prohibits them from being successful professionals in fields like accounting, chemistry, the arts and more.

 

Why so declarative? Because social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs) have become the fabric of how the world communicates. Yes, traditional methods of connecting and collaborating still exist -- you can still pick up the phone or write a letter -- but you can also route messages or share ideas with clients, colleagues, vendors and others using collaboration platforms, social networks, wikis and more.

 

In today's business environment, someone lacking not just an understanding but a working knowledge of social media and social networking tools is at a competitive disadvantage. Not preparing our young people - whether in elementary, secondary or post-secondary education environments - to not only have but also excel with these skills means we are failing in our mission as educators.
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Shanahan on Literacy: Disciplinary Literacy is NOT the New Name for Content Area Reading

Shanahan on Literacy: Disciplinary Literacy is NOT the New Name for Content Area Reading | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"Recently, Cyndie and I published a study on disciplinary literacy in the Journal of Literacy Research (Shanahan, C. Shanahan, T., & Misichia, 2011). In the study we report on our efforts to identify the special nature of literacy in three disciplines. We looked specifically at history, science (chemistry), and mathematics.

 

The study was based on the theory that it would be useful to account for such information when teaching students to read. The idea is that if students were taught to read history in a way that corresponds to how historians read they'd be better equipped to handle such materials. Obviously the first step in that journey is to identify those disciplinary differences, and our work was in that vein.

 

Which raises an important point: Disciplinary literacy is distinct from "content area" reading. Disciplinary literacy is more aimed at what we teach (which would include how to read and use information like a scientist), than how we teach (such as how can students read the history book well enough to pass the test). The idea of disciplinary literacy is that students not only have to learn the essential content of a field, but how reading and writing are used in that field. On the other hand, content area reading focuses on imparting reading and study skills that may help students to better understand and remember whatever they read...."

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The Evolution of Online Education Technologies—Infographic| The Committed Sardine | schooX.com

The Evolution of Online Education Technologies—Infographic| The Committed Sardine | schooX.com | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

Rasmussen College submitted this infographic to Visual.ly recently of how online education technology has come into its own in the digital age. Going as far back as the early 1700's, you really get a sense of just how far we've come from then to today's exponential times in the fields of distance learning and online education, which are gaining in widespread popularity.


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Curatr

Curatr | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"Curatr enables organisations to transform their existing learning content into a social-game, increasing engagement and harnessing the power of collective intelligence to deliver exceptional learning outcomes."

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Life in a Inquiry Driven, Technology-Embedded, Connected Classroom: Science

Life in a Inquiry Driven, Technology-Embedded, Connected Classroom: Science | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"So what does this look like?

 

On lab days, one of the first things my students do is take out their phones. Our school has a cell phone policy that normally bans these devices during class time; however, we have permission to use them in learning situations. I even lend my phone to groups who may not have one.
I used to have students sketch pictures of lab slides. The truth is most of them didn’t look anything like what was on the slide. I doubt our students have spent much time sketching throughout their schooling career. If they have, they’re not very good at it! In the end, they mostly look like a mass of circles.


Last year, instead of sketching, my students began taking pictures with their phones of what was on the slide. These are then uploaded to our wiki and become part of our digital textbook. The beauty of this is that students who have missed the lab can refer to them. We also do this for dissections. Within minutes, they’ve often uploaded these pictures to Facebook.


Do my students use their phones during this time for non-educational tasks? Probably. But until I see they’re not focused on their work, I’m not prepared to be the texting police. Instead, my students know they are trusted and they need to act accordingly."

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Isaac Asimov on Science and Creativity in Education

Isaac Asimov on Science and Creativity in Education | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
What vintage science fiction has to do with the future of self-directed learning

 

"Nowadays, what people call learning is forced on you, and everyone is forced to learn the same thing on the same day at the same speed in class, and everyone is different." Isaac Aimov

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Practical Advice for Teaching with Twitter - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Practical Advice for Teaching with Twitter - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

I'll cover six aspects of Twitter integration where it pays to plan ahead of time (i.e. sometime last week): organization, access, frequency, substance, archiving, and assessment.

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Hoot.Me Demo

This is an overview of Hoot.Me

 

With finals coming, we wanted to share the lastest features and show you how they can help:

1. See what's going on at your school: Hoot is now based on your school, so study sessions in your feed are personalized for you.

2. Better questions and answers: tag your questions and receive notifications when they are answered.

3. Record videos: create video clips to elaborate on your questions and answers; you no longer have to be live to share face-to-face thoughts...
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Virtual Community and Social Media - What important issues are raised by the use of social media?

Virtual Community and Social Media - What important issues are raised by the use of social media? | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Virtual Community and Social Media, Virtual Community/Social Media Course raises issues of Collective Action, Virtual Community/Social Media Course raises issues of Social ...
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First-Time Foreign Students in U.S. Increased by 8%

First-Time Foreign Students in U.S. Increased by 8% | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

As compiled by the editors of the International Herald Tribune...

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A rebuttal to 'harmful' English education - The Korea Herald

A rebuttal to 'harmful' English education - The Korea Herald | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
A rebuttal to 'harmful' English educationThe Korea HeraldA multilingual childhood is also a multicultural childhood; in the world of the 21st century the ability to communicate cross-culturally is of paramount importance.
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A High School Student Tweet Heard ‘Round Kansas

A High School Student Tweet Heard ‘Round Kansas | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"What do you do if you’re a high school administrator and one of your students uses a personal Twitter account to criticize your state governor? What do you do if you’re the state governor who was criticized? How about the director of communications for the criticized governor? The answer might be “nothing,” but that was not the case last week in Kansas when Shawnee Mission East High School student Emma Sullivan used Twitter to criticize Kansas governor Sam Brownback."

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Official Google Blog: The evolution of search in six minutes

Official Google Blog: The evolution of search in six minutes | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
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Six Reasons Why You Cannot Be A Bad Teacher | Burcu Akyol's Blog

Six Reasons Why You Cannot Be A Bad Teacher | Burcu Akyol's Blog | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
Year 2011. And it is almost impossible to be a bad teacher.If you are a teacher who is passionate about teaching and who considers continuous professional development as an important aspect of your career, the opportunities to become a good teacher are ENDLESS.
I am not going to share with you a long list because I find long lists overwhelming and confusing.
Here are my six reasons why you cannot be a bad teacher. In other words, learning opportunities for enthusiastic teachers:)...
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Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom:: Introducing the aPLaNet project!

Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom:: Introducing the aPLaNet project! | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom:
Joe Dale offers practical tips and advice on using ICT to enhance the teaching of modern foreign languages.

 

"Autonomous personal learning networks for language teachers (aPLaNet) is a two year EU project funded by the Life Long Learning Programme designed to encourage language teachers who don't normally use social media in their professional life to see the value of nurturing a personal learning network (PLN) and the benefits of doing so for their own classroom practice."

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How to create a knowledge ecosystem using digital tools | Esteban Romero

How to create a knowledge ecosystem using digital tools | Esteban Romero | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

¿What is Personal Learning Environment?

Stephen Downes (2005), in his article e-Learning 2.0, refers to this idea: “… one node in a web of content, connected to other nodes and content creation services used by other students. It becomes, not an institutional or corporate application, but a personal learning center, where content is reused and remixed according to the student’s own needs and interests. It becomes, indeed, not a single application, but a collection of interoperating applications—an environment rather than a system”. Here you can visit a collection of PLE diagrams and the following image is a visual representation of my PLE:


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YOU ROCK!!!
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This is a wonderful framework for either a lecture, or a full semester of deep diving and exploration. Thanks for sharing!
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How Twitter is Changing Professional Development for Educators - Finding Common Ground - Education Week

"I naively assumed that Twitter was a place for people to narcissistically blab their every move, and after reading "Why Educators Should Join Twitter," my mind was changed and I joined. My life is changed! I finally feel like I have others whose lives revolve around education the way mine does". Jaime Mendelis, Binghamton, NY

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When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids

When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

A school board member takes versions of his state’s standardized tests in math and reading, and realizes something is really wrong with these high-stakes exams.

 

Here’s the clincher in his post:

 

“If I’d been required to take those two tests when I was a 10th grader, my life would almost certainly have been very different. I’d have been told I wasn’t ‘college material,’ would probably have believed it, and looked for work appropriate for the level of ability that the test said I had.

 

“It makes no sense to me that a test with the potential for shaping a student’s entire future has so little apparent relevance to adult, real-world functioning. Who decided the kind of questions and their level of difficulty? Using what criteria? To whom did they have to defend their decisions? As subject-matter specialists, how qualified were they to make general judgments about the needs of this state’s children in a future they can’t possibly predict? Who set the pass-fail “cut score”? How?”

 

“I can’t escape the conclusion that decisions about the [state test] in particular and standardized tests in general are being made by individuals who lack perspective and aren’t really accountable.”

 

There you have it. In 13 words, a concise summary of what’s wrong with present corporately driven education change: Decisions are being made by individuals who lack perspective and aren’t really accountable.
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When Worlds Collide: Technology Meets Education

When Worlds Collide: Technology Meets Education | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

"Everyone in the room (except the five non-technology users) is simultaneously taking notes in either Microsoft Word or Microsoft OneNote. Actually, as soon as this lecture is over I will be emailing the notes to my study group partner that is home sick.

 

This is where the world of technology meets the world of academia.

 

I was a back row student at Seton Hall Law School so I know that the description above is very accurate. In fact, I spent quite a bit of time on addictinggames.com during my three years in New Jersey, mastering all types of brainless computer games including “Bubble Spinner” and “Bloons.”

 

I also graduated with honors."

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How To Teach Kids 'Digital Literacy'? Build A Private Social Network Playground For Them. - Forbes

How To Teach Kids 'Digital Literacy'? Build A Private Social Network Playground For Them. - Forbes | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
The School at Columbia University built a private social network for its students, to give them a place to practice and experiment with social networking, without leaving a permanent trace on the Internet.

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Digital Tools for 21st Century Content Area Classrooms

Digital Tools for 21st Century Content Area Classrooms | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

 This week we discussed the characteristics of communicating in the digital age and how shifts in online communication impact teaching and learning, as well as what it means to knowledge creation and sharing in our content areas.

 

Here are some of the digital tools we have used in our own learning:

 

Scoop.it

Scoop.it is a website that enables people to collect articles and media on topics and share them for others to see and reference. We particularly like the newspaper-type display of the resources that other bookmarking tools do not have...

 

We’d love to hear of the many other ways you’ve used digital tools for specific content areas in the comment section....
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Textbooks Finally Take a Big Leap to Digital

Textbooks Finally Take a Big Leap to Digital | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
Education publishers are planning for a future where many school books are read online or via a portable electronic device.
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Louder libraries for a digital age to open across U.S. - NashuaTelegraph.com

Louder libraries for a digital age to open across U.S. - NashuaTelegraph.com | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
CHICAGO – Imagine walking into a public library filled with PlayStations, Wii game consoles and...
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Engaging Students in the classroom | Math

Engaging Students in the classroom | Math | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it
120 teachers actively participated in Karen Hume’s session while she spoke of the five C’s that she saw as important to develop greater student engagement: Competence, Creativity, Community, Context and Challenge. With a mixture of stories, activities, and plenty of teacher-talk time, Karen spoke of the challenge of engaging students, especially when prefaced with the fact that school engagement starts to falter in grade 6 and continues to fall until grade 12. This really means that students become more and more disengaged as they move through middle and high school. ...
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Apps in Education: 10 Apps that are Fun and Innovative for the Classroom

Apps in Education: 10 Apps that are Fun and Innovative for the Classroom | Contemporary Literacies | Scoop.it

Some apps 'wow' us with their interface. Some apps 'wow' us with the way they connect information. Some just do things in ways that we would never have considered relevant in education. Once we see how students interact with these apps, we can hardly believe how we had our students learn these concepts previously.

 

Here are some of the apps that I think change the way that students will expect information to be presented in the future. App developers will need to factor in some or all of these elements in order to fully engage a student population who are increasingly sophisticated in their visual literacies.

 

What other apps would you add to this list? Please contribute your own suggest

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