Join Kevin Kelly for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Diigo, Google Docs, and VoiceThread for small group projects, part of Social Media in the Classroom.
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- In her book "Tools for Teaching,"…Barbara Gross Davis stated, "Researchers report that,…"regardless of the subject matter, students working…"in small groups tend to learn more…"of what is taught and retain it longer…"than when the same content is presented…"in other instructional formats."…Some teachers avoid small group projects…for fear of losing too much class time…to the groups working together.…If that objection sounds familiar, you may want…to consider using social media as a way…for students to work on different parts…of their project outside of class.…Let's say you want to ask students…to give a presentation on a course related topic…after they first do some research.…
It makes sense to ask students to do…as much individual work as they can on their own.…If you do provide class time for group work,…they can discuss and refine it together rather than search…for resources, write text passages,…or construct presentations.…I'll discuss three possible stages of group work;…collecting resources, writing collaboratively,…
- 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