I’ve been doing a lot of education of our educators here in NH this summer, from Keene and Franklin Pierce in the west to UNH on the coast and more. It’s been a blast helping them grasp the implications and possibilities for adaptive media in the classroom, in the curricula, throughout the infrastructure and on into the future lives of their students. I thought I’d collect a few of my slide decks here for you, and some of the tools I’ve been talking about, so that you have a handy resource. I try to find fresh slides for each presentation, but a few do repeat – it is a traveling lecture series, after all. The aspect that is most fun for me is that each time I teach the course, I have new examples and methods to add. This means educators across the country are finally getting it. That is a good thing.
Social Media 101 For Educators (Given at Keene State, May 2010)
This slide deck touches on the very basics of social media for those educators that needed an intro to some of the more prevalent tools and issues with use. If you know what Twitter is, are familiar with the Facebook privacy documents, and more – you can skip ahead. I do love how much the Facebook privacy interface changed in the weeks following these slides, but it’s important to note: while the interface may have simplified dramatically, the policies did not. Take the time to read them.
Social Media 201 for Educators (Given at Keene State, May 2010)
This was for the advanced educators at Keene, a lively and interactive bunch. There were less slides and more hands on brainstorming and creativity here. Look for Keene to do some big things in the way of adaptive media plus education – they have an engaged and intelligent bunch of educators led by a connected and forward thinking provost.
The Role of Social Media In Education (Given at UNH, June 2010)
Tools for Education and Adaptive Media
These change all of the time. I’ll have to make a note to come back and update this post once in a while to keep them fresh. Important to note: in June 2010, Twitter will require all clients to use OAUTH instead of a password log in. This means some of your favorite Twitter apps will stop working if their developers haven’t decided to toe the line. I’m not sure how that will change the Twitter tools scattered amongst this list.
Here are a few social tools to get you started integrating adaptive media into your class and school:
TwapperKeeper is useful for collecting the group notes centered around a hashtag and saving them for future use and study
QuoteURL can put different tweets from certain folks into one page. Useful for project summaries or live lecture notes.
Google Wave now integrates into Blackboard
Don’t overlook the cell phone as a tool for announcements, notes, Q&A sessions, class participation and more
CiteMe is a Facebook application that cites sources in proper APA, Chicago, MLA, Harvard and Turabian styles
CoverItLive allows classes to take notes live and include multi media and other items as they go
Notely has a Facebook integration for their existing application to bring the classroom into Facebook
Moodle is an open and social tool similar to Blackboard
CourseFeed Another Facebook application, this one helps student figure out which fellow classmates and classes are online and easily join the group, page or discussion
Eduspaces is a social network devoted entirely to education, students and educators
DoResearchForMe This one I find a bit hard to swallow. It’s intent is good – to keep students from completely relying on Wikipedia articles by leading them to other sources – but I think the kids should learn this skill without training wheels.
CampusBuddy helps you find other students at your school. Useful for those times when people have changed their network to a city or town instead of a school.
Twiducate is a social network for schools
Schoology is a digital classroom set up integrating social media aspects with learning management
Flashcards is a Facebook based flash card creation application
ClassNotes a Facebook app that lets you visually share your teacher’s notes with others
Quizzinator helps teachers create, store and print quizzes, worksheets, and more online
Google Docs, Google Wave, and other online collaboration tools are invaluable in a class
Yesterday I taught a workshop at the University of New Hampshire’s Cooperative Extension in Concord. I thought you’d enjoy seeing the slide deck from it.
I opened with a discussion about how decisions involving education and youth are made. We discussed that while decisions about online tools and activity should be made with logical factors in mind, like cost, usefulness, utility, education, learning encouragement, and more, they are often made from an emotional place of fear instead, causing both the educators and the kids to lose out.
We discussed some practical issues of regulation in the education industry, minors online, and basic internet safety to consider in the classroom, then quickly moved along to the meat of the class: bringing these tools into play and using them in forward thinking ways. We also discussed how they may not only help the classroom, but the administration of the school, and any associated alumni groups, causes, organizations and non-profits. It was a fun and fully engaged class, and the educators in it were already thinking about how to use RSS, Ning and other technologies to continue to collaborate on the ideas in it after the fact (in fact, they already had the start of a Ning group going when I arrived, and were floored at the other ways they could be using the simple tool).