Join Kevin Kelly for an in-depth discussion in this video Moving from social networking to social netlearning, part of Social Media in the Classroom.
- When we think of social tools and technologies, many of us immediately start with social networking and social networks. After all, social network theory is all about our connections. Networks like Facebook can connect us to family and friends but also to friends of friends and even people we don't know yet. Some people have even used social networks to meet their soul mates. Networks like LinkedIn connect us to professional communities and peer groups as well as employers and job opportunities. Either way, our connections help us accomplish different tasks.
Here's a social network map of my LinkedIn connections, I made it with a tool called LinkedIn Maps. The tool is discontinued but my connections are still going strong. You can see different colors of connections for different places where I've worked, played or learned. A small group of us might emphasize the work in social networking. We look at social networks as a way to get information. For example, my colleagues and I use Twitter all the time to ask questions about teaching or educational technology. We also use social tools to promote our individual work such as team efforts, our organization or events we're conducting.
Another group of us will jump to social net playing. When you think of your students using social media, do you imagine them chatting with friends on Facebook about movies and tweeting pictures about what they ate for lunch? How many of us stop to think about Social NetLearning? This is a term I made up for a conference because I wanted to emphasize the social aspect of learning through online tools. We can use online tools to facilitate learning both in and out of the classroom. In a way, we've combined everything I've mentioned so far.
Students can connect to people in and out of class to get information or feedback, just like we did with social networking. We might also use social tools to promote what individual students or the entire class are doing. Again, what we did was social networking. In class, we can use tools like Twitter and Facebook to engage students or check for understanding. Last, outside of class we can use social tools to collect individual work or facilitate group work. The rest of this chapter will set the stage for using social media with your students.
Before you begin the next video, share your thoughts about Social NetLearning by using the Twitter hashtag for this course, #lyndasocialclassroom. If you want, you can add the term I made up as a second hashtag, #socialnetlearning.
- Moving from social networking to "social netlearning"
- Balancing social media with in-class activities
- Creating social media guidelines
- Using Twitter for polls
- Using Facebook for student-generated test questions
- Connecting to real-world scenarios and people
- Using ReadWriteThink and Facebook to construct timelines
- Using Flickr and YouTube to collect student fieldwork
- Showcasing student work in online portfolios