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A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

Is Social Media Relevant? Take the Quiz
Before we talk social media, let’s talk about the relevance of social media by taking a quiz. Which of the following is most likely to be true?

  • Should we teach letter-writing in the classroom? Kids need to write letters and mail them. But what if they send mail to a bad person or someone in prison? What if it gets lost in the mail and the wrong person opens it? Are we opening up a whole dangerous world to our students once they mail letters to others? Surely students will send thousands of letters through the mail in their lifetime.
  • Should we teach email in the classroom? Kids need to email other people and should know how to title a subject. But what if they email someone bad? What if they accidentally send it to the wrong person? What will we do? And are we opening up a whole dangerous world to our students once they email others? Surely students will send thousands of emails in their lifetime.
  • Should we teach (dare we say it) social media in the classroom? I mean, they don’t have to learn microblogging on Twitter — you can do that in Edmodo, right? You can have a private blog or put them on Kidblogs or Edublogs instead of letting them post long status updates on Facebook, right? Are we opening up a whole dangerous world to our students once they are writing online and posting comments to each other? Surely students will post thousands of status updates, pictures, and blogs in their lifetime.

The Social Media Answer
☑ There’s one form of writing that can arguably get someone fired, hired or forced to retire faster than any other form of writing.
☑ There’s one form that will most likely be read by college admissions offices and teams of student “stalkers” hired to vet students before they receive scholarships.
☑ There’s one form that will prevent some people from running for political office and get others elected.
One form of writing is that powerful.
If you guessed social media, you’re right.
More A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom | Edutopia.

YouTube in the classroom: A new necessity?

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Some say YouTube’s library of educational content allows educators to teach more creatively
Teachers are increasingly incorporating videos from YouTube’s education channel into classroom lessons.
Districts are dropping bans on YouTube and allowing students and teachers access to the site’s educational videos. Paving the way in this shift in policy are large districts like Chicago and Broward County, Fla.
YouTube’s library of educational content allows educators to teach more creatively, says Angela Lin, manager of YouTube’s Education Partnerships. “After learning the same way for hundreds of years, educators are now redefining educational experiences to make them more fun and powerful by taking advantage of today’s technology, especially video,” she says.
On the site’s education channel, YouTube EDU, teachers can search videos by subject or categories such as primary and secondary education, and university. The channel, which has more than 2.6 million subscribers, has hundreds of thousands of free educational videos from PBS, TED, and other organizations.
More YouTube in the classroom: A new necessity? | District Administration Magazine.

Connecting With Parents On Social Media Is Good For Teens

It may be a teen’s worst nightmare: discovering that their parents have joined Facebook. But a new study shows that social networking with parents may actually strengthen the parent-child bond, which may in turn lead to more positive results for teens.
The study was conducted by researchers from Brigham Young University, led by Dr. Sarah Coyne of the School of Family Life.
The team gave questionnaires to 491 adolescents and their parents, who answered queries about social networking use, feelings of connection and behavioral effects.
The results show that kids who engage with their parents through social media feel more connected and had higher “prosocial behavior” and lower incidence of aggression and depression.
Read more: Connecting With Parents On Social Media Is Good For Teens.

It’s a ‘like’: The IGGY networking site for smart pupils is a hit

* teenage girl using IGGY

A social networking site, described as a “thinking teenager’s Facebook”, that aims to prepare bright pupils for top universities, has attracted more than 2,500 members.
The site, called IGGY (the International Gateway for Gifted Youth), has been devised by academics at Warwick University.It challenges the nation’s brightest 13- to 18-year-olds with a series of questions and puzzles aimed at stretching their intelligence, as well as offering them the chance to network with each other. Membership is open to any pupil recommended by their teacher on the grounds of impressing them with their proven ability or potential.
Read more: It’s a ‘like’: The IGGY networking site for smart pupils is a hit – News – Student – The Independent.

Social Media Implicated in Bullying Report

There were 13 alleged and four confirmed incidents of bullying in the first half of the 2012-13 school year in Collingswood, and according to Superintendent Scott Oswald, social media is a big part of the overall problem.
“Our biggest challenge is and probably will remain the social media stuff that happens outside of school grounds,” Oswald said at the Jan. 28 meeting of the Collingswood Board of Education.
“The initial contacts there almost never happen in school.”
Of the confirmed incidents noted in the Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) report Oswald presented at the meeting, the one involving cyberbullying resulted in the stiffest punishment levied by the district: an external suspension and “alternate in-school instruction” for the offender.
Read more: Social Media Implicated in First-Half Bullying Report from Collingswood Schools – Collingswood, NJ Patch.

6 ways to use social media to connect with parents

Social media can be a powerful tool to coordinate and connect with parents. At the school level, this is important work for everyone, from the classroom teacher to the principal. Some districts even have paid school employees called parent coordinators who are responsible for engaging with and involving parents in the school community. It is their job to create a welcoming environment for parents as well as to identify and address parent and related school/community issues.
While many of us are familiar with traditional notes home in the backpack, flyers and newsletters, social media takes our ability to create, maintain and grow connections with parents to a whole new level.
Read on for some ideas that explain how:
6 ways to use social media to connect with parents | SmartBlogs SmartBlogs.

Facebook meets the classroom


In North College Hill High School’s library, junior Gracie Carver-Dews recently finished a class project, designing a video game in which a frenetic birdlike creature jumps onto blocks to grab at coins.
Next to her in class, junior Anthony Ledgyard finished assignments in Latin I and his Human Body class, both of which he takes online, hoping they’ll someday help him get into medical school.
Elsewhere in the building, social studies teacher Keith Spangler squeezes his first online class, psychology, in between his regular classes.
“I describe it as Facebook meets the classroom,” said Spangler, who teaches 26 students from around the country online.
“A very key cog in the whole process is collaboration among the students online … I don’t think it replaces face-to-face classes, but I know this online stuff is here and is only getting bigger.”
via ‘Facebook meets the classroom’ | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com.

Should schools offer social media etiquette classes?

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As the world of social media continues to grow, its application in the education world also increases. More and more teachers are harnessing the power of social media to help students connect with one another as well as voice opinions and debate with one another properly.
“I set up class blogs … these are designed to help students develop their ‘writer’s voice’ while providing them with an additional outlet for developing their opinions about complex topics in conversation with others,” Elizabeth Hilts, an adjunct professor at Fairfield University, told Mother Nature Network.
While the practice of using social media in a positive way for education has merit, its heavy usage has also opened the gateway for a number of negatives including bullying, slandering, cheating, invasion of privacy, and a loss of proper grammar usage.
The popularity of sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest has spurred a debate regarding whether or not students should be taught proper social media etiquette in school.
via Should schools offer social media etiquette classes?.

The Teacher's Guide to Facebook

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Facebook is the world’s largest social network, reaching 1 billion active users at the beginning of October. People across the globe use Facebook to connect with old friends, share news about their lives and even to maximize their brand’s social reach.
In its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, Facebook lists a minimum age requirement of 13, which means that more and more students in high school and college are signing up for the social network. As a teacher, what should you do if a student sends you a friend request? Does age play a factor? Should you be careful about what you post, even if it’s from your private account?
We spoke with teachers, professors and other education professionals about best Facebook practices to help answer these questions and more.
[Great article from Mashable]
Full text: The Teacher’s Guide to Facebook.

Social media helps schools build bridges

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Like all public entities, public schools are under attack from a skeptical public. The talking point that resonates: The district needs to rein in costs and make do with what it has. All the while, a need for communication is increasing at an exponential rate. This means communicating with the public in ways that it wants to receive information immediately, in real time.
Enter social media.
Social media are a must for all organizations. However, the last question a superintendent wants to hear: “Why are my tax dollars paying $50,000 per year plus benefits to an employee who is Facebooking all day?” The short response: Because that’s where people are and where we need to be to reach them. They are on Facebook, Twitter and a multitude of other vehicles.
Full Text: Social media helps schools build bridges SmartBlogs.