Social Networks & Education


Social Media is such a big business, education cannot ignore it.

Echo Chamber
  • You select what you want to read about it
  • You make critical decisions on what you want to experience
  • Your stream of blogs and microblogs
  • The forums you want to be in
  • You select the information based on who you trust
How students gain information
  • How adults and youth gain information and use information is different
  • Teens (54%) get news from social media
  • More and more adults get news from social media, however, many feel this is a problem and are concerned by the mix of news that people see each day.
  • Teachers use social media to get new teaching ideas, find resources, stay on top of trends and news and connect with other educators
Cybersafety is a major concern facing schools
  • Teachers & schools need a social media strategy
  • Strategies to increase learning engagement
  • Strategies for inclusion
  • Strategies for co-creation
  • Strategies to protect student and teacher identity
Social media is an ecosystem
  • It changes rapidly
  • It is complex
  • It is about people interacting with people
  • It is about clear communication
  • It requires cognitive input
  • It is about influencing other people
  • It is about networks
The challenge
  • Enabling collaboration based assessment
  • The classroom is about interaction, not the individual 
  • The rapid change from one social media to the next
  • Use of personal accounts
  • Engineering dynamic feedback loops
  • The learning shift is not the technical use but the actual communication
Teacher Role
  • The teacher is not the facilitator
  • The teacher is the change agents
  • Teach participation
  • Stimulate communication and collaboration
  • Teach diversity of information
  • Teach how to seek, receive and apply feedback
  • Teach how to produce creative solutions















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