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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