Social Media: Schools in the Digital Age AMLE 2012 Download this presentation: http://leaderssocialmediaguide.blogspot.com Presenters Ron Williamson Eastern Michigan University Howard Johnston University of South Florida Door Prize • Name and contact information on 3X5 card • Drawing at end of the session Available from Eye on Education • AMLE Bookstore • Online www.eyeoneducation.com) Today’s Agenda 1. 21st Century Info Environment 2. 21st Century Learning Skills 3. Social Media Tools and Strategies 4. Personal Professional Development 5. Resources 6. Questions and Discussion As Soon As They Leave School, They Reconnect with the 21st Century How Well Does a Cell Phone Ban Work? • 65% of kids in schools that ban cell phones bring phones every day. • 58% have sent at least one text from class. • 45% send at least one text a day from class. • 65% of all teens have texted from class • 25% have made or received a call in class • 67% have received a text from their parents during class…and are expected to reply What Digital Native Learners Want • • • • • No lectures – or very few short ones To be respected, trusted, valued To follow own interests and passions To create – using 21st Century tools To work with peers – and prevent deadbeats from getting a free ride What Digital Native Learners Want • “Just enough, just in time” learning • To make decisions and share control • Connect with peers in class, in school, around the world • To cooperate and compete with each other • An education that’s not just relevant, but real Mark Prensky Teaching Digital Natives What Digital Immigrants Prefer • • • • • • To be information source or editor. To be respected. To stimulate student interests. Products meet their standards. Individual effort and attainment. Retaining information for later use; knowing for sake of knowing. What Digital Immigrants Prefer • To make decisions and maintain control • To control connections with peers in class, in school. • To differentiate achievement (e.g., normal curve). • Education that’s relevant, if possible; otherwise, relevant to the test. Safety and Security • Banning it doesn’t work • Recognize that most teens use it responsibly • Help students, families and staff know about long-term affects • Focus on responsible student use • Visit Social Media Guidelines for Schools Instructional Leadership • • • • • • The belief that social media technology responds to the needs of 21st century learners The understanding that social media encourages different approaches to teaching and learning, not a standardized approach The courage to give up total control The ego strength needed to look foolish while learning something new The willingness to empower others The commitment to become a co-learner with the faculty The Innovation Adoption Curve Where are you? What are you waiting for? 5 Key Concepts • BYOT is the New Normal • Banning it doesn’t work; teaching responsible use does. • Social Media Technology can be integrated into normal instruction (Old dogs can learn new tricks.) • Innovation accelerates with use • SMT allows for truly individualized instruction 5 Steps for Getting Started 1. Find a digital native coach/mentor. 5 Steps for Getting Started 1. Find a digital native coach/mentor. 2. Start a Class Blog • www.edublogs.org: free, easy to manage, very secure • www.blogspot.com: largest blog site on Internet, security settings controlled, great for teacher-to-teacher communication. • http://education.weebly.com: create both a blog and website for your classroom. Start a Blog Start a Blog 5 Steps for Getting Started 1. 2. Find a digital native coach/mentor. Start a Class Blog 3. Try Micro-blogging • www.twitter.com: worlds largest microblogging site • “Continuous Conversation” keeps parents and kids informed about class activities • Send links to great resources • Promote kids’ achievements (anonymous) • Ask questions Tweet http://www.emergingedtech.com/2010/02/100-ways-to-teach-with-twitter 5 Steps for Getting Started 1. 2. 3. Find a digital native coach/mentor. Start a Class Blog Try Micro-blogging (Tweeting) 4. Create your own resource bank with RSS • RSS: Your own customized professional learning library • www.google/reader: one of many, but very easy to use RSS Feed: Google Reader 5 Steps for Getting Started 1. 2. 3. 4. Find a digital native coach/mentor. Start a Class Blog Try Micro-blogging (Tweeting) Create your own resource bank with RSS 5. Integrate AV Material and Resources • www.skype.com: bring experts to class • www.Teachertube.com: video library • www.ted.org: ideas worth sharing • http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u: vast collection of podcasts • http://www.khanacademy.org “learn almost anything for free” Podcasts http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/ Podcasts http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/ What’s Coming • Convergence: iPhone, iPad, etc. • Portability: handheld dominates (iPad mini) • App-Based: disappearance of urls (Windows 8) • Mashups: blended apps (http://www.googlelittrips.org/) • Creative Commons: evolving copyright laws • The Cloud: It’s everywhere “It’s no longer about software & storage, it’s about bandwidth and processor speed.” Keeping Current 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. www.eschoolnews.com – daily digital news www.edutopia.org – instructional innovations www.techlearning.com – best practices, blogs, etc. www.classroom20.com – a community of teachers using technology effectively http://:leaderssocialmediaguide.blogspot.com: Ron and Howard’s technology blog.