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How Social Media Improved An Entire School District - Edudemic

How Social Media Improved An Entire School District - Edudemic | Social Media Research | Scoop.it
We recently profiled a school district that aimed to build a 'digital friendly school district' and this follow-up details how they did it. A must-read!
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One school district's attempt to embrace social networking in learning.  Administrator's recognized that they were missing several opportunities to stay connected with their students.  So, they worked collaboratively to create a digital learning environment for their students while educating the educators and the parents on safe and responsible social networking use.

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AJET 20(2) Williams and Jacobs (2004) - exploring blogs as learning spaces in higher education

AJET 20(2) Williams and Jacobs (2004) - exploring the use of blogs as learning spaces in the higher education sector
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A case study investigating the use of blogging in higher education.  One point I found interesting was that the authors admitted that the student "results would likely have been more positive had there been greater direction at the beginning of the project as to how one went about blogging."  This is interesting because in my Instructional Design class we covered proper planning.  Ensuring that students know how to blog should have been covered in the preliminary information for this study.  

Because this is for higher education, the students will likely be adult learners.

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Historical Figures Facebook Pages

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This is an assignment in use by the Kershaw County School District in South Carolina.  Students are asked to create a Facebook page of a historical figure.  Though this is implemented in a K-12 environment, the assignment can easily be adapted through increased complexity of the assignment requirements, for adult learners.  Additionally, a requirement could be added for interaction between different historical figures, as they may have interacted had social media existed during their time,

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Professor Encourages Students to Pass Notes During Class — via Twitter – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Professor Encourages Students to Pass Notes During Class — via Twitter – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Social Media Research | Scoop.it
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Penn State professor Cole W. Camplese uses Twitter to enhance his lectures.  He discusses how he first implemented this idea before Twitter use was as common as it is now.  Initially, students were reluctant to engage because the Twitter concept was still new.  Because this is at a university, the students will likely be adult learners.

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: social media in education

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: social media in education | Social Media Research | Scoop.it
A blog to share ideas about innovative, real, and relevant learning.
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Tying this to my own content area is difficult, because - well, I haven't exactly picked a content area yet.  Though I am drawn to adult learners, I have included this blog because the author discusses how Twitter was used in her classroom, and it offers an opposition to my stand that too much technology can result in a hindrance to learning.  Too much social interaction can be a distraction.  

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7 Ways Teachers Use Social Media in the Classroom

7 Ways Teachers Use Social Media in the Classroom | Social Media Research | Scoop.it
How are teachers infusing social media into their everyday lessons? Here are some examples and ideas for how to best engage students.
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This article provides some interesting methods in which educators are utilizing social media as a supplement to the coursework.  The  example that caught my eye is Anna Divinsky's art course.

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The Enlightenment meets Twitter: Using social media in the social studies classroom

The Enlightenment meets Twitter: Using social media in the social studies classroom | Social Media Research | Scoop.it
Social media services afford users ways to digitally interact, communicate, and collaborate that were not available just a decade ago. While citizens worldwide use these media for democratic and imaginative purposes, social studies educators, and
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The instructor uses Twitter in his high school philosophy class.  His students are instructed to assume the identities of historical philosophers, and then tweet in character.  Additionally, he requires students to modernize it by tweeting about current ideas.  


This assignment can easily be modified to suit the needs of a higher learning institution.

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AJET 24(2) Farmer, Yue and Brooks (2008) - using blogging for higher order learning in large cohort university teaching: A case study

AJET 24(2) Farmer, Yue and Brooks (2008) - using blogging for higher order learning in large cohort university teaching: A case study | Social Media Research | Scoop.it
Using blogging for higher order learning in large cohort university teaching: A case study
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This is a case study regarding the use of blogging in a post-secondary institution.  The findings were positive.  Because it's post-secondary, the students will likely be adult learners.

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Professors experiment with Twitter as teaching tool

Professors experiment with Twitter as teaching tool | Social Media Research | Scoop.it
Facebook may be the social medium of choice for college students, but the microblogging Web tool Twitter has found adherents among professors, many of whom are starting to experiment with it as a teaching device.
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This article discusses two uses of social media in classrooms.  Gee Akachai, a professor at Marquette University uses Twitter to communicate with her students as a tool to supplement course material.  Linda Menck, also an educator at Marquette, assigns her marketing students to implement social media into their strategies.  The article also includes opposing views to the use of social media in learning.  

 

Because this is a university, the students will likely be adult learners.

 

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Great Basin College:

Great Basin College: | Social Media Research | Scoop.it
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The Land Surveying Program at Great Basin College attracts adult learners from around the country.  A student can earn a BAS in Land Surveying & Geomatics from GBC entirely online.  Course participation is required through use of LiveNet.  LiveNet is similar to Skype.  Students meet online at predetermined times and dates.  They are encouraged to share course progress, troubleshoot, and collaborate on their work.

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Coursera

Coursera | Social Media Research | Scoop.it
Take free online classes from 80+ top universities and organizations. Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company partnering with Stanford University, Yale University, Princeton University and others around the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We believe in connecting people to a great education so that anyone around the world can learn without limits.
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Anna Divinsky's Introduction to Art course requires students to interact using Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter, and using the course's tag.  Students upload pics of their artwork, share via one of the previously mentioned social media forums, and get feedback on their work.  This is a post-secondary education course, which means it will be primarily composed of adult learners.

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