Connection – Conversation – CollaborationSocial Media: The New Technology

Learning and Technology Living Sky School Division

A Technology Boot Camp

November 19
Luseland School

You too can be a technology guru
Tech Support Cheat Sheet

Overview of Social Media and the impact on society and education


Questions to ask yourself while viewing
  • Objective: What key points were made in the videos?
  • Reflective: How does the information given connect with your own experiences?
  • Interpretive: What needs do you see resulting as a result of the shift?
  • Decisional: What has to happen to address these needs with respect to your students? What is your role?

Task:
Respond to the above questions. We will then discuss as a group.


What makes a social media tool transformative?
The Case for Social Media in Schools
Transformative or just flashy educational tools

Summarize your thoughts after the reading by responding to this quote, "Technology doesn't improve education, it changes it.....teachers improve education". (Michael Trump, Calbarras County Schools, NC). We will then discuss as a group.

Overwhelmed Yet?

The best way I know how to start down the road to more technology and social media in the classroom:
RSS Reader
Microblogging

Note on usernames and passwords when having multiple accounts.

Blogs to try out:
Blogs by Discipline
Education Blogs I Follow
Suggestions from Donna

The Blogging Experience: using a new tool in an old way OR using a new tool in a new, transformative way
Levels of Blogging (From: Will Richardson’s Blogs, Wikis, Podcast and Other Powerful Web Tools for the Classrooom)
  • Posting assignments (Not blogging)
  • Journaling, i.e. “this is what I did today.” (Not blogging)
  • Posting links. (Not blogging)
  • Links with descriptive annotation, i.e., “This site is about…” (Not really blogging either, but getting close depending on the depth of the description).
  • Links with analysis that gets into the meaning of the content being linked. (A simple form of blogging).
  • Reflective, metacognitive writing on practice without links. (Complex writing, but simple blogging, I think. Commenting would probably fall in here somewhere)
  • Links with analysis and synthesis that articulate a deeper understanding or relationship to the content being linked and written with potential audience in mind. (Real blogging).
  • Extended analysis and synthesis over a longer period of time that builds on previous posts, links, and comments. (Complex blogging).

Learning Task for the next 1 to 1 meeting:
Create a collection of favourite blog posts and blogs that you recommend from the reading that you are going to be doing.

Resources


Edmodo - online class delivery
Diigo - Social Bookmarking: Collaboration
Donna DesRoches Social Bookmarking
Donna DesRoches Social Bookmarking 2
Best in Content iSITS - suggestions from iSITS committee
Resources from Donna
TED Talks - videos on a variety of topics that will make you think
Ministry Resources - list of all the resources available from the Ministry including the Encyclopedia Britannica for Elementary, Middle Years and High School Students
Global Issues in Context - Teachers and students in Grade 7+ will find this a useful research tool
Passport to the Internet


Waybackmachine - A tool to show students that what they put on line stays online in some way.

Exploring the concepts of connection, conversation and collaboration
Snowball Activity - move chairs into a circle in the middle of the room. You will need a pen.
"The most important things for kids growing up today is the love of embracing change". (John Seely Brown)

Hands-on Activities: Exploring Social Media

Learning New Apps
When a teacher thinks about learning a new technology, they think about who’s going to teach them in a classroom and how they will use it in the classroom. When game designers want to teach you something – they make a game full of challenges – and a community of peer assisted learners forms around solving them. Inside and outside the game – there is no assumption that you need a teacher at all, but that you are literate enough to participate. (Dean Groom)

How to learn a new application or online tool:
1. Play – approach the learning as you would a game
2. Take risks – click any button
3. Cheat – find the tutorials, ask a friend or colleague for help
4. Problem-solve
5. Keep trying!

What you need to do:
1. Determine what the application is meant to do
2. Sign-up if required
3. Explore, experiment, try a few things…
4. Consider how you would use this tool for your own learning or management of your own resources
5. Consider how you might use the application in your classroom with students
6. How does this tool/application facilitate connection, conversation and/or collaboration

Collaboration: Explore 2 - 3 different tools and fill in the categories on the google spreadsheet:

Some social media tools to explore:

Audio and Music
Digital Storytelling
Productivity
Polls and Surveys
Blogs
Presentations
Words
Images and Photos
Blip.fm
AudioBoo
Vocaroo
Soundation
Voki
VoiceThread
My StoryMaker
StoryBird
ZooBurst
Glogster
Voki
Blabberize
Museum Box
Kwout
Awesome Highlighter
PrimaryPad
CoSketch
Scribblar
Poll Everywhere
Doodle
Crappy Graphs
Pretty Graphs
Kidblog
Posterous
Edublogs
Prezi
Slideshare
Piclits
Wordia
Tagu
Worlde
Smilebox
Picturetrail
Aviary
Be Funky
Picnik
Flickr
Big Huge Labs
Organization
Backchanneling
Screen Capture
Video Editing
Social Networks
Brainstorming
Timelines
Search Tools
DropBox
Diigo
Delicious
Only2Clicks
LiveBinders
Netvibes
PageFlakes
Today's Meet
Twiducate
Twitter
Wifiti
ScreenSnapr
ScreenJelly
Screenr
JayCut
DragonTape
Stupeflix Studio
MeMoove
Flixtime
TogetherVille
Edmodo
MindMeister
Webspiration
Bubbl.us
WallWisher
LinoIt
TimeToast
TimeGlider
Gapminder
Visual Thesaurus
Wolfram Alpha
Goofram
Google - Create an account and have access to gmail, Google Reader, iGoogle, Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms and more....

Digital Citizenship

Review and discuss the document

Reflection

Use this as your starting point: Roller Coaster
Teaching in a connected classroom: Loss
And reflect on these three questions (via the Couros Brothers)
  1. What did you learn? Will today make a difference? What would you like to learn next?
  2. Did today alter the way you think about technology - and then how would it be used in the classroom?
  3. What could help you make the shift?