Social media is changing the way students learn and the way teachers teach *

I have always thought about teaching as a possible career option so I decided to look into how social media can be used in the classroom…after doing quite a bit of research this is how I feel about it…

Teaching today has come a long way from the good ol’ teacher in front of the chalkboard days; we are now reaching the peak of the social media days…If teachers refuse take that step into social media they are not only hindering themselves but each and every one of their students…teachers need to embrace socail media…there’s no fighting it!

According to a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, almost ¾ of 7th through 12th graders have at least one social media profile. All teachers should learn how to use this as a tool to boost their student’s academic productivity. Elizabeth Delmatoff a 7th grade teacher in Portland OR, started a social media program for her students and states “Don’t fight a losing battle, we need to be moving with the kids rather than moving against them” So true!! Times are changing and changes in education need to happen.

Here are a few ways teachers have begun to incorporate social media into their classrooms:

1. Teachers have assigned students to create blogs.

Blogs are used to encourage creative writing and improve grammar skills. Teachers have created kidblog.org; a safe and simple blogging platform created for elementary and middle school students.

2. Teachers create a classroom blog.

Teachers post assignments, extra credit options, encourage students to post written assignments for peer review, class discussions and more.

3. Teachers using twitter.

 Teachers have been running live twitter feeds in class and even projecting them on their walls. One teacher said:

 “I see Twitter as an excellent resource for assessing several of the skills that are fundamental to learning and living such as: the ability to make mistakes and immediately get positive critical feedback; the ability to take part in a communal discussion without the fear/anxiety/boredom/etc of ‘being proper’ and having to ‘stand in line’ and ‘wait one’s turn’ — after all, this ain’t 19th century academia we’re talking about”

 

Now, these are only 3 examples of the many ways social media can be used to enhance the classroom environment and there are many more but I don’t want to make this article too long 🙂 but please research it a little more on your own.

Here’s a great article I found about social media in the classroom: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100505163238.htm

 

* One more thing: If you are in my Journ65 class you already know how well this classroom environment is going…imagine if we could have had this as one of our mandatory high school classes…I feel this would be such a benefit to high school students…what do you think?

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. susanajourn65
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 01:00:45

    I think using this class we’re in right now, as an example on how to incorporate new social media tools into classroom is perfect. We have class discussions on facebook, interact on twitter, and write about how we feel on blogs.

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  2. Trisha Denton
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 04:37:44

    That was beautiful! I love reading what your mind is thinking, keep it going. your are amazing! I’m going to spruce up my blog a bit! xoxox

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  3. Vanessa Jensen
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 05:29:43

    Thanks Susana!
    @Trisha_Thanks! Can I get a link to your blog? I would love to read it!

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  4. A.S. Miller
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 08:23:25

    Very interesting. Social Media should definitely be incorporated into the classroom from middle school on and at least there should be a mandatory high school class. It’s such an important part of our society and lives now.

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  5. crucialthought
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 04:00:56

    This may or may not be good for high school students. The youth are very impressionable and sometimes bull-headed when it comes to ideas. It would be a shame if a student wrote something online that could possibly impede him/her from getting a job in the future. Or worse yet, simply writing something that they would later regret.

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  6. kevinsjourn65blog
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 18:45:58

    Wow, what a interesting post Vanessa. I think they should try to incorporate social media into high school courses just to see the outcome. i also think it would be a great idea just for everybody like teachers, students, classmates to keep in touch, oh how easy it would be to plan a 10 year class reunion using social media. i think social media is a big teaching tool and its only looked at as not so because it has become popular for so many other reasons. Great research done on your behalf also.

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  7. westg
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 13:27:51

    The off-hand comments that may get a person into trouble is exactly why socail media needs to occur in the classroom. Studnet must be shown how to use the internet and all of its components effective and responsibly. They need to know that people are being fired from good, high paying jobs because the post they made on facebook slammed their boss. They need to know safety rules for the net and what is right and wrong. They will use social media and need to use it and not be scared of it.

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  8. Ian McLovin
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 18:26:09

    The use of social media can help students improve their writing, social and other related skills. Creativity is involved blogging and so is writing! Put the two together using the same medium and you have an avenue to practice creative writing! Plus, the communication among the class creates relationship bonds that can be enhanced through further guidance from the teachers.

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