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1. Social networking & E-learning 2. What is Social Networking? ã New platform for social interaction ã Global communication tools ã Virtual community ã Place…
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  • 1. Social networking & E-learning
  • 2. What is Social Networking? • New platform for social interaction • Global communication tools • Virtual community • Place where people share common interests
  • 3. Social Network Tools Multimedia: • Photo-sharing: Instagram, Flickr • Video-sharing: Youtube • Audio-sharing: imeem News/Opinion: • News: Digg, Reddit • Review: Yepp, epinions
  • 4. Social Network Tools Communication: • Microblogs: Twitter • Social networking services: • Facebook, Myspace
  • 5. Social Network in Education ● 90% of college students visit social networking sites on a regular basis ● Today's students want to document their feelings and insights in a highly timely manner ● Social network can create new channels for students to learn. Source:
  • 6. Challenges for teachers ● Many instructors are interested in learning how to add social media tools into their curriculum, but they aren’t sure how ● Social media sites can be a huge distraction for students who aimlessly click through sites ● It can be challenging to find ways to incorporate activities with social media that promote actual learning.
  • 7. Challenges for teachers ● The learning objective is most important. Social media is a tool to help teach a concept so be sure to not lose sight of the learning for the cool factor. ● Choose 1 tool to start and make it purposeful.
  • 8. FACEBOOK Facebook is the world's largest social network, with more than 900 million users. People mainly use it to connect with important people in their life.
  • 9. FACEBOOK in Education
  • 10. FACEBOOK in Education ● Students can use it to connect with each other outside of the classroom. ● Students can create a Facebook Group to form online study groups ● Students may want to add you as a “Friend”
  • 11. FACEBOOK in Education Brainstorm: Ask students to collaborate and brainstorm on your classroom's Facebook page. News gathering: Your classroom can follow media outlets or public figures relevant to your latest classroom discussions. Archived videos: Important lectures, slides, and more can be shared and saved on Facebook. Familiarize yourself with students: In large classes, it can sometimes be hard to remember each and every student. Facebook makes it a little easier to connect faces with names. Flashcardlet: Using Flashcardlet, you can create your own flash cards that students can study on Facebook. Source:
  • 12. GOOGLE+ second-largest social media site in the world monthly active user base of 235 million. Circles, Hangouts, Communities, Google News
  • 13. Google+ in Education 1. Communication Classroom teachers can use Google+ to communicate directly with learners, learner families or other educators. Clarifying current learning targets, reviewing recent concepts, delineating homework assignments or providing a public forum for learners to ask questions... Tips Publish test and due dates Publish and clarify learning targets Review complicated topics Offer extension activities for Gifted Learners
  • 14. Google+ in Education 2. Project Management An online portal where users can all access the same documents, notes, research links and videos needn't require Moodle or other more formal learning platforms. Signing up for a Google account gives you access to the full portfolio of Google software. That means if you've got a Gmail account, you have access to Google Calendar, Google Docs and of course Google+. So consider setting up a circle for each: Project Content area (K-5) Period/block (6-12) Advanced content area (9-12+) By doing so, you can use these circles as ways to manage projects: distribute rubrics, clarify due dates, share critical handouts or disseminate multimedia content. In fact, you can even verify who actually saw the documents by having them "+1" the link (Google's version of "like").
  • 15. Google+ in Education 3. Full Collaboration Rather than simply responding to parent inquiries or sharing documents, by functioning as a messaging, media and link-sharing platform visible to everyone, Google+ can act as a potent project management platform. Tips Learners can collaboratively brainstorm a problem Writers can support one another through stages of the writing process Groups can compete against one another through said "circles" in a public forum Literature circles can be separated by role, first on pages, then in circles, so that all "Visualizers" can collaborate on a reading section before sharing with their groups. The same approach would also work for jig-sawing.
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