Communication III

Social Media 2014

After looking at this image I wanted to take the time to look some of these forms of Social Media, what they do, and how they potentially could be used within the class room setting. I am not going to go into details behind twitter, blogging, or instagram in the classroom, since I have already discussed that topic in my previous posts. Hope you enjoy!

Facebook

Facebook is a social networking platform that was created by Mark Zuckerberg. The original intent was that the website would be used by College and University students, as a was to connect with others. Facebook has become one of the most popular social media platforms in terms of users, however its popularity with todays students has dropped. According to an article by the Huffington Post, students are not using Facebook because it is a site that their parents use. Instead they are turning to more up to date sites like twitter and Instagram, which are more relevant in their lives.

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Ways to use Facebook in the classroom- One way that I believe would be a fun way to engage students with Facebook and be used in an appropriate way, would be to create online profile for characters relevant in a novel they are reading as  a part of an English class, or create a profile for an historical character in a Social Studies class, or Scientist. With these profiles students could write on each others walls and interact in a way that would be relevant to the persons profile that they have created. This would need to be closely monitored by the teacher to ensure that the site is being used appropriately and that they are no forms of cyberbullying present.

Google+

Google+ is a great social network platform as it has a number of different resources that a beneficial to sharing and communicating with others. The site allows you to not only video conference other individuals from all over the world, but it also allows you to be working on the same document at the same time, or even allows you the access to get onto the other persons computer (with their permission) and view and control their desktop without being in the same room.

This past week  I had the opportunity to use the Hangout portion of the site and was very pleased with all that it offered. I can definitely see myself using it in my future classrooms, as a way to connect with different professionals around the world as a way to engage my students in the topic at hand. The site is something that I would only want to use between professionals, and not directly with myself and students on an individual basis. I want to insure a professional relationship between my students, and when you allow an opportunity to video conference with yourself and a student there is a chance that you may come into an uncomfortable situation, i.e. they may be videoing you from their bedroom.

Twitter

Twitter is a site that allows its users to share their opinions on a matter using only 140 characters as well as hashtags to highlight important aspect of their post. “People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search. Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword.”-Twitter support

Some ways to use twitter in the classroom can be found in my previous blog posts

Instagram

Instagram is a photo application that allows individuals to upload photos and share them with a community of followers. Similar to twitter, a hashtag may be used to attach their photos to similar ones.

Below are 10 ways to use Instagram in the Classroom

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Pinterest

10 ways to use Pinterest in the classroom shows a number of great ways to use the site in the class including research boards, historical figures presentations, and online bibliography

Snapchat

Snapchat is an app created for smartphones that has become widely popular with teens. The app allows students to send a photo to individuals which will disappear within seconds of the receipt viewing it. There is a lot of controversy with the safety of this application, as there is fear that individuals are using the application in a sexual way. The following newscast outlines some of the risks and concerns behind the application.

 How can snapchat be used in the classroom? If teachers were going to use snapchat in the classroom I think that they would need to take all necessary precautions to keep themselves and students safe. Teachers could use the app in a way to send Math equations out to students for homework, but if this was the case I would recommend including an administrator as one of the recipients and well as take a screen shot to keep all bases covered. If I were to use snapchat with my students I would need to have a strict policy in place as well as a high level of trust that students would not misuse the application. There would need to be an agreement that any snap would be screen shotted and any inappropriate use would be reported to the schools administrators as well as parents.

If students were able to use the application appropriately I think it would be an engaging way to incorporate quick math equations to test students understanding.

Youtube

Youtube is a site that consists of billions of hours of videos. Individuals may use the site to watch videos, but there are many users that create and upload their own videos onto Youtube.

How can Youtube be used in the classroom?

Not only could Youtube be used a way to share educational videos to further students learning, but students could create their own videos to show their understanding of a topic in a way that would be more engaging then writing a paper about the topic. The following video shows about Youtube can also be used for differentiated instruction.

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4 thoughts on “Communication III

  1. Hi Paige!

    I like how you went through these social media forms individually, noting the major pros and cons of each and how you would apply each in a classroom setting. I was especially interested in the way you suggested incorporation of Snapchat into your classroom. I find this app to be used recreationally and informally, and never really thought of educational purposes other than discussing the idea of safety when using social media. The ideas you have come up with are great and I could see these being used in junior high and high school classrooms.

    One concern I would have when using social media in the classroom would be having parent consent, especially in younger aged students. Would you consider using social media with elementary school students? Why or why not? And how would you approach receiving parental consent for the uses in the classroom?

    Michelle Hager

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    • Hi Michelle,
      Thank you for your response! I would definitely use social media for all grades in my future teaching. I believe that with any use of technology it is important to have a policy that students, parents, as well as administration are aware of. With any student under the age of 18 I would send home a permission form with my technology policy. The form would include the types of social media that will be used, as well as how we will use them in a way that will be beneficial to students learning.
      Paige

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  2. Hi Paige!

    I think this was a great blog and very unique! In particular I enjoyed the infographic. It was neat to see how much users use each application per month and really shows to how powerful social media is. I would have never thought to use SnapChat in my classroom but your blog has now opened that idea. At the moment I probably still wouldn’t use it due to safety reasons and pictures only last for a few seconds but it also wouldn’t hurt to try if a teacher was able to control factors to make it more safe.
    Which social media site would be your preference to use in elementary? How about Middle School? or High School?

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    • Hi Michael,
      Thank you for your post! I want to try all different types of social media with each age group, but at the moment I do have some preferences for each grade. I think Instagram would be a great tool to use in an elementary classroom, with a classroom account. This wasy students are able to showcase their work for their parents and family to see. I would also allow for students to use accounts supervised by parents to document different findings outside of the classroom (ie sight words for english, nature for science, patterns for math)
      In a junior high classroom I would have a preference for using Pinterest, as a way to collaborate research with others, and make biographic pages about individuals. I would also use YouTube. One example would be to have students film a play, post it to YouTube, and then have a movie afternoon to watch all the students creations.
      For high-school I really want to use twitter. I think it would be a lot of fun to have students create accounts pertaining to characters within a play or novel, and have them compose tweets as that individual.
      Paige

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