Riding the Social Media Wave in Education

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My presentation from the ACEC Conference in Adelaide on October 1 2014. The Australian Computers in Education Council ... a great venue for me to showcase my use of social media in class. Not teaching with social media is like NOT teaching Maths.


<ul><li> 1. RIDING THE SOCIAL MEDIA WAVEIN EDUCATIONSimon McKenzieACEC 20141</li></ul> <p> 2. WHO IS THE CONNECTED TEACHER? 33 years as a Classroom Teacher of Senior History and English Former Head of Department, Year Level Coordinator, Head of House, Deanof Students, Campus Coordinator and Assistant Principal Until recently, Learning Technologies Coordinator at Aquinas College, GoldCoast. As from next January, eLearning Manager at Faith Lutheran Collegein Tanunda Sessional University Lecturer and Tutor, Writer and App reviewer forAustralian Teacher Magazine and Fractus Learning Blogger, Haiku Deck Guru, iAnnotate Power User, iPad EducationEvangelist and genuine Twitter addict Find or Contact me on Twitter (@connectedtchr), My Blog(theconnectedteacher.edublogs.org) or via emailtheconnectedteacher@gmail.com2 3. MY ONE TOKEN YOUTUBE CLIP3 4. KEY SOCIAL MEDIA STATISTICS(For Teenagers) According to various research projectsbetween 81 and 94% of teens usesocial media Depending upon your accepteddefinition, there are between 500 and700 social media sites Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Vineand Tumblr are all more popular withteens than Facebook The greatest growth is now happeningin lesser known sites such as Kik andPheed (* Avoid this one!)Did You Know?A word has been coinedfor the theory behindthe classroom use ofsocial media sites its EduSoMedia. Thetheory emphasises thatsocial media is aboutthe creating, sharingand exchanging ofideas. This, manyargue, is also the aim ofeducation.4 5. THE GREAT DEBATEa.k.a. The Bun Fighttools like Facebook and Twitter divert students' attention away from what'shappening in class and are ultimately disruptive to the learning processthe use ofsocial media tools can be an invitation for students to goof off http://campustechnology.com/Articles/2012/01/19/Pros-and-Cons-of-Social-Media-in-the-Classroom.aspx?Page=2Not teaching #socialmedia in schools is the equivalent of no longer teachingmath.(Sourced from Twitter via Don Goble @dgoble2001)5 6. HOWEVER, WE MUST ACCEPT THAT"We live in a time when kids have moreinformation in their pockets than we canever have in our heads." @chrislehmannAND THATthe real world is digital. The real worldis technology-suffused. People everywhereuse social media and other online tools allthe time to accomplish their work. How areeducators supposed to prepare studentsfor our new technology-infused information,economic, and learning landscapes inanalog school environments? (ScottMcLeod)6Its time to Jump on theBandwagon 7. Twitter is now the verydefinition of breaking news#TWEETINGPOMPEIIA Year 11 Ancient History Re-Enactment7 8. PREPARATION WAS KEY First came the teaching/learning/student research. Students were assigned ancient Pompeian identities; either real or historicallycredible. Twitter accounts were set up with these identities. Each was associated with aknown artefact and an address within the city. The teacher took the role ofGaius Plinius (Pliny the Younger). Across three days the Pompeians reacted and responded in real time toprepared tweets from Pliny. All tweets had to be sent @AncientatAQ andwith the hashtag #TweetingPompeii8 9. STUDENT TWEETS9 10. It provided a unique and fun way of learning about theevents that unfolded at Pompeii.WHAT THE STUDENTS SAIDUsing social media to pretend to be someone and getting asense of what people might have felt during the time of theeruption.When I first heard the idea, I thought that it would be fun,but not at all very beneficial. I was surprised at the end of theactivity how much I had actually learned while having fun.It was a really enjoyable, interesting way to learn asopposed to learning from a text book. I personally feel like Ialso was more interested and focused learning theinformation.I loved the Tweeting Pompeii Project as a whole! It wasinteractive, fun, I actually learnt about the lives of the peopleand the experience was fresh and updated. I also loved thefact that the world outside AQ were taking an interest :)The fact that it was public - We could see feedback fromoutside the classroom, made it feel real and substantial10Two days after the project concluded,this tweet appeared from Modestusthe Baker@GaiusPlinius Today only, bread halfprice, slightly overcooked#TweetingPompeii 11. OUR WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE INCLUDED The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, authorCaroline Lawrence, Museum educators,several Pompeii focused apps, fieldarchaeologists, the US Library of Congress,online and print archaeology magazines,Classics Departments at UK universities,classroom and pre-service teachers,librarians, SA Teach Learn and, of course,the Mummy Djehutymose11Yes, there will eventually be an iBook! 12. WHAT I LEARNED Social media sites such as Twitter can engagestudents and can be used to show learning Because it is a public forum, students are verycareful about what they say 140 characters isnot a limitation (as they discovered when Irestricted the next thesis statement they formedto tweet length The community outside the classroom wasready and willing to be involved we receivedoffers of Skype sessions and free books Once they had dipped their toes the studentswanted to dive right in they wanted moresocial media use in class Given the popularity of Instagram, Snapchatand Vine, I needed to provide the opportunity touse visual platforms12* Unfortunately, whilst mystudents had in class access toTwitter, YouTube and Facebook,Instagram was blocked by thesystemic filter so I foundalternatives. 13. AND IF YOU DONT TEACH HISTORY Then students can still use Twitter in class fora whole range of purposes e.g. For formative assessment or as an ExitTicket To take and share photos or to sharepresentations To ask questions or to send and receivereminders To write micro poetry butterfly in her hairfloral scarf around her neckwinter escape (Sourced from Twitter) Indeed, here is a link to 50 Ways to UseTwitter in the Classroom http://www.teachhub.com/50-ways-use-twitter-classroom13http://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2014/jul/21/famous-science-history-twitter-humour 14. PHRASE.IT and CHOGGER14 15. PHRASE.IT phrase.it is a free, online thoughtbubble photo editor. No sign up isrequired and youll never be asked for aname or email address. Photos can also be arranged in order tomake comic strips. There is also a rangeof filters that you already know fromapps like Instagram. You can use your own photos, uploadthem from your web browser or evenuse a random stock photo. Once you have completed the photoediting, your work can be downloaded,emailed, tweeted or uploaded toFacebook.15 16. These MLK portraits werecreated by Year 10 studentsusing a very similar tool to befound at www.chogger.comchogger.com is more of astandard Comic Creator whichalso has the option to drawyour own. A sign up isrequired on this site; whichdoes make phrase.it a betteroption!16 17. ADDITIONAL RESOURCEShttp://youtu.be/7L52mt0nDWs(Craig Kemp Interviews Tom Whitby)http://vimeo.com/79207239*An Instagram short film from Thomas JullienInstagram is an incredible resource for all kinds of images. I wanted tocreate structure out of this chaos. The result is a crowd source short-filmthat shows the endless possibilities of social media.The video consists of 852 different pictures, from 852 differentInstagram users.http://t.co/lwsnlnzfh2(Six Second Schooling Using Vine in the Classroom)http://t.co/EyXERvPbG2(Ideas in Infographic Form from Mike Paul on Using Instagram in Class)http://youtu.be/Tp-hOtokd34(Alec Couros on Using Social Media in Education)http://youtu.be/DzNyIuvUoF0(A great animation from Bec Spink) 18. Image CreditsTitle Slide: www.socialmediamaiden.com and www.vectorstock.com (The Surfer)Slide 3: http://youtu.be/_u3BRY2RF5ISlide 4: www.worthofweb.comSlide 5: www.cartoonstock.comSlide 6: http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/media/social_media.htmlSlide 7: www.sorrentoinfo.comSlide 8: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/pompeii_art_gallery_08.shtmlSlide 9: Screenshot from Presenters Twitter FeedSlide 10: Collage of Images created by the Presenter and individually credited in iBookSlide 11: Sourced from Twitter as indicated/Screenshot from Presenters Twitter FeedSlide 12: www.digitaltrends.comSlides 14, 15 and 16: Student examples of the use of phrase.it and chogger.comSlide 17: Infographic from www.fishtree.comSlide 18: This one www.looklinklove.comThe perfect explanation of why I am Big on Twitter! </p>