Social Media: Schools in the Digital Age

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Social Media:
Schools in the Digital Age
AMLE 2012
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Presenters
Ron Williamson
Eastern Michigan University
Howard Johnston
University of South Florida
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the session
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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