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1 Anastasia Trekles, Ph.D. Office of Learning Technology

2 Why Social Media?  Social media and Web 2.0 technologies can extend learning into new and exciting areas  Web 2.0 can touch every level of Bloom’s Taxonomy, from Remembering to Creating  Even better: social media is FREE and easy to access – and usually familiar to students as well See http://edorigami.wikispac's+Digital+ Taxonomy http://edorigami.wikispac's+Digital+ Taxonomy

3 Advantages of Social Media  Everyone is using it – it’s almost guaranteed to reach its audience  Free of cost  Naturally creative and intuitive interfaces  Enable easy sharing and disseminating of information

4 64.4% of faculty use social media for personal reasons 44.7% use it for professional reasons 33.8% use it in their teaching Facebook and YouTube are the most common social media in use by educators Blogs, wikis, LinkedIn, podcasts, and Twitter are used a little less often

5 With social media, students can…  Compare and share notes and resources  Debate and discuss  Contribute more equally  Learn from one another  Learn from experts and others in the field  Get exposed to new ideas, cultures, and languages

6 The Flip Side: Potential Pitfalls  Social media is, of course, social by nature!  Posts are not always private, although they can be made that way  Students (and others) can say and do things we’d rather they didn’t  Luckily, severe incidents are quite rare, and easy to avoid

7 Social Media Can Make Learning Fun  Post important announcements and actually get them read!  Create group projects like collaborative projects, scavenger hunts, and round-robin discussions  Allow students to showcase their unique talents and interests through pictures and video  Build a community of learners by encouraging students to share and ask each other questions  Encourage students to connect in more meaningful, convenient, and personalized ways

8 Facebook  Allows for private, members-only groups to be created  Also allows for public pages to be created for a class to use for announcements and other one-way postings  You don’t have to “friend” your students – that’s a personal choice  You can create a “school-only” Facebook account strictly for your class activities  About Groups: m/about/groups m/about/groups  About Pages: m/about/pages m/about/pages  Great infographic on Facebook in college classrooms: visuals/college- professors-on- facebook.html visuals/college- professors-on- facebook.html

9 Twitter  Lots of neat discussions can be had in 140 characters or less!  Don’t believe it? Check out ngl102 ngl102  Keep students engaged and interested with short tidbits, helpful hints, and online resources  Use hashtags to keep conversations related and easier to follow  About Twitter:  Twitter for Teachers: http://www.schrockguide. net/twitter-for- teachers.html http://www.schrockguide. net/twitter-for- teachers.html  Ways to use Twitter in academia: http://academhack.outsid twitter-for-academia/ http://academhack.outsid twitter-for-academia/  Twubs – great for following hashtags:

10 Google+  Google has a large number of social- infused features, including the popular Hangout tool  Also, consider Google Docs as a collaborative tool or an alternative to Office  Google Drive (formerly Docs): m m  Hangouts: m/hangouts m/hangouts  Google’s Education page with tutorials and more: m/edu/teachers/ m/edu/teachers/

11 Pinterest  Pinterest as a teaching tool? You bet!  Pinterest can take information on any topic and make it visual, user- friendly and easy to categorize and share  So many resources are already available – students can easily browse and repin things they find  Similar sites include and  Pinterest Help Center: com/home com/home  The OLT Pinboard: /pncolt/technology-to- the-rescue/ /pncolt/technology-to- the-rescue/  How colleges are using Pinterest for education: social-media/how- colleges-are-using- pinterest-in-education/ social-media/how- colleges-are-using- pinterest-in-education/

12 YouTube  YouTube provides a great platform for students to share and publish as well as learn  We all know there is a tremendous amount of valuable content out there – just search and you’ll find something good!  Armed with smartphones or other camera devices, students can easily create and upload their own work  Great for reviews and study groups, presentations, and group projects  YouTube Education University channel: annel/HCScmg5b9x0xQ annel/HCScmg5b9x0xQ  10 YouTube Channels to make you smarter: 04/04/youtube-education/ 04/04/youtube-education/  Using online video in the classroom: utube-educational-videos- classroom utube-educational-videos- classroom

13 What’s integrated into BlackBoard?  Blogs – for student thoughts to be shared and commented on  Wikis – for fluid student conversations and group document editing  Collaboration – “chat room” and whiteboard function similar to Adobe Connect (requires Java)  Kaltura – media sharing tool for videos you upload (yours or someone elses)  Mashups – integration from YouTube,, and Flickr available

14 Caveats and Parting Thoughts  Social Media can be a terrific tool for learning  But, it can be a little “messy” – there’s a lot to negotiate, and a lot to keep up with  No tool is perfect, either  Requires patience and a willingness to try something different, or think about an old activity in a new way

15 Thanks!  Staci:  Alex:  Twitter: @PNCOLT  for all workshop notes, links, and training needs

16 Resources  Overcoming Hurdles to Social Media in Education: social-media-education social-media-education  Great blog on social media in higher ed:  Social Media resource round-up:  Six ways to use social media in education: media-in-education/ media-in-education/  Friedman, L.W., Friedman, H.H. (2013). Using social media technologies to enhance online learning. Journal of Educators Online, 10(1). Retrieved from man.pdf. man.pdf

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