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Schools in Portland, Maine use Technology for Real-World Solutions and Communication

Schools in Portland, Maine use Technology for Real-World Solutions and Communication | Social Networking | Scoop.it

Project Learning Meets 1-to-1 Laptop Technology
LocationKing Middle School and Casco Bay High School, Portland, ME"


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Rebecca Olien's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:21 PM

The construction of learning expeditions engage students to collaborate on projects for real purposes and audiences. Computers and social networking are integrated as tools used as needed within project design and solutions.

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Schools use Facebook, Twitter to get out their message

Schools use Facebook, Twitter to get out their message | Social Networking | Scoop.it

"In the Portland metro area, at least eight districts made the leap this fall, signing up for Twitter or Facebook.

Though the sites won't replace the more traditional forms of communication anytime soon, they provide another way to reach out to plugged-in parents, residents without kids and even students themselves."


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Rebecca Olien's curator insight, November 1, 2013 3:53 PM

Facebook and Twitter is being used in Portland Oregon Public Schools as a way to send out information and announcments through daily updates.

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Using Facebook to Improve School Communication

Using Facebook to Improve School Communication | Social Networking | Scoop.it

"Facebook is a powerful tool for school administrators because its social networking structure can be used to facilitate communication and build a dynamic online community. Most parents and students have Facebook accounts, and they update them on a regular basis. This means school administrators have a powerful communication tool at their finger tips, one that can be used to share all kinds of information– blogs, event updates, photographs, and video. This information can easily be tailored to meet the personal needs of the school’s community."


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Rebecca Olien's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:09 PM

A high school administrator's insights in using Facebook to keep parents informed and build community. He makes many suggestions including the use of Facebook groups for special interests and collaborative needs.

Jessie Rouse's curator insight, November 2, 2013 11:57 PM

Building Community through Facebook.  A great tool for giving updates about the school, etc.  My school does this too with the schools Facebook page.

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Learning World Affairs Through Digital Media

Learning World Affairs Through Digital Media | Social Networking | Scoop.it

Global Kids uses media and technology to foster civic participation and global awareness. In its Online Leadership Program, students make games, create animated movies, and produce videos that explore global issues."


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Rebecca Olien's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:29 PM

Second Life and other digial media are used to explore topics and create platforms for important issues.

This quote from the video shows the importance of a wider network:

"One of the exciting things about using digital media as a form of youth media is that not only are the tools fascinating to work with for young people. They're very engaged around it and they can learn important skills, but it means that their potential audience is so much bigger. I mean the game that we released three years ago, The Cost of Life has been played in the past year and one-half about over one and one-half million times. To have youth know that their work can be heard by that many people can make a difference, and if that many people can just enjoy what they've done is a tremendously powerful experience to move from being a consumer to being a critical creator. And when you become a critical creator you then view yourself as a leader, one who can make a difference in the world."

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Kids Create -- and Critique on -- Social Networks

Kids Create -- and Critique on -- Social Networks | Social Networking | Scoop.it
Digital Remix: The Digital Youth Network's social-networking site Remix World allows students to post and share videos, as well as collaborate on projects, and more. Credit: Courtesy of Akili Lee

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Rebecca Olien's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:54 PM

The Chicago Digital Youth Network is a digital-literacy program using Remix World that that utilizes web pages with images, profile information, and links to friend's page. Students post digital meida and use the platform to interact in discussion forums and post comments and questions.

Eric Paul Meredith, MS, RD, CPT's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:01 AM

When kids can create work and share information online, they are energized to learn and interact with their peers.  Teachers and educators should embrace the learning that occurs from the connections and conversation that occurs after youth share and publish information.

 

The article suggests that educators should experiment with social networks by using them as an exoskeleton for classroom learning.  These networks allow teacher to get to know their students, students to connect with peers, and give outside stakeholders such as parents an opprtunity to particpate in the learning experience.

 

Instead of viewing social networks as a nonproductive activity in the classroom and asking students to disengage from facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, educators must finds ways to leverage these new media.  If students can be inspired to create, share information, and become more interested in learning, social networks definitely have a place in the classroom.

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Can Social Networking Make You Smarter?

Can Social Networking Make You Smarter? | Social Networking | Scoop.it

"Researchers have found that people with a larger social network are more likely to learn and retain skills."


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Rebecca Olien's curator insight, November 15, 2013 4:09 PM

Interacting with others around a shared topic is recognized as an intregal part of learning. Socially shared learning is a part of the connectivist theory of learning and social networking plays a part in facilitating the ability for people to connect and share.