- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
- Hi, I'm Kevin Kelly. I'll be your guide to this Lynda.com course, Social Media in the Classroom. As the name suggests, we'll look at how to integrate social media tools and activities into your class. I know everyone who participates in this course has a different amount of experience with teaching, social media, or both. I've put together a number of different activities, so there's something for everyone. We'll start by looking at some basic considerations related to using social media for learning, such as some social learning concepts, different categories of social media tools, balancing social media with traditional teaching and learning strategies, ideas for student guidelines, student identities, and addressing equity.
After that, we'll dive into different strategies for using social media directly in your classroom, including engaging students during lectures with back channels, Google doc even polls, providing feedback for student presentations, facilitating collaborative learning, and assessing student learning. I know the course is called Social Media in the Classroom, but you get a bonus chapter that covers social media outside the classroom. I'll cover topics like collaborative reading, small group projects, student field work, and student showcases.
I myself got my start with social media seven years ago when I started teaching my class called How to Learn With Your iPod. One of the first days of class I asked my students if I should create an account in Facebook or MySpace. That tells you my age. The entire class yelled, "Facebook," and a true teachable moment, a student volunteered to set up my account in front of the class. Since that day, I've been using a wide variety of social media tools for teaching, learning, my work, and even my personal life. I'm looking forward to investigating social media in the classroom with you.
Let's get started.