Social Media in the Classroom

Free download Social Media in the Classroom. This tutorial/course is created by Kevin Kelly and it has been retrieved from Lynda which you can download for absolutely free. Business, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Education + Elearning, Teacher Professional Development and Social Networks skills are covered in this course.

Learn how to harness common social media platforms—such as Twitter, Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Flickr—to accelerate student learning. Kevin Kelly explores using social media to aid content mastery, increase academic focus, and foster effective classroom debate. He covers engaging students with backchannels and polls, soliciting feedback for presentations, and assessing learning with Twitter, Facebook, and other tools. In a bonus chapter, he’ll show how social media can extend students’ experiences outside the classroom, providing opportunities for collaborative reading, group projects, fieldwork, and shared student portfolios.

Topics includes:

  • Moving from social networking to “social netlearning”
  • Balancing social media with in-class activities
  • Creating social media guidelines
  • Using Twitter for polls
  • Using Facebook for student-generated test questions
  • Connecting to real-world scenarios and people
  • Using ReadWriteThink and Facebook to construct timelines
  • Using Flickr and YouTube to collect student fieldwork
  • Showcasing student work in online portfolios

- Hi, I’m Kevin Kelly. I’ll be your guide to this Lynda course, Social Media in the Classroom. As the name suggests, we’ll look at how to integrate social media tools and activities into your class. I know everyone who participates in this course has a different amount of experience with teaching, social media, or both. I’ve put together a number of different activities, so there’s something for everyone. We’ll start by looking at some basic considerations related to using social media for learning, such as some social learning concepts, different categories of social media tools, balancing social media with traditional teaching and learning strategies, ideas for student guidelines, student identities, and addressing equity.

After that, we’ll dive into different strategies for using social media directly in your classroom, including engaging students during lectures with back channels, Google doc even polls, providing feedback for student presentations, facilitating collaborative learning, and assessing student learning. I know the course is called Social Media in the Classroom, but you get a bonus chapter that covers social media outside the classroom. I’ll cover topics like collaborative reading, small group projects, student field work, and student showcases.

I myself got my start with social media seven years ago when I started teaching my class called How to Learn With Your iPod. One of the first days of class I asked my students if I should create an account in Facebook or MySpace. That tells you my age. The entire class yelled, “Facebook,” and a true teachable moment, a student volunteered to set up my account in front of the class. Since that day, I’ve been using a wide variety of social media tools for teaching, learning, my work, and even my personal life. I’m looking forward to investigating social media in the classroom with you.

Let’s get started.

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