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Teachers Joining forces via Social Media!

13 Apr

Social Media: How do I be professional about it?

In the new, digital age we live in all types of people are benefiting from utilizing social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to connect with long lost friends, find new information and post about things they are knowledgeable about. Educational professionals are certainly well within the group of sharers of knowledge. It is in your nature as an educator to share the wealth and we at PaperlessEducation appreciate that so much!

Social media sites can benefit more than those who you share your funny stories, interesting facts and the latest new blog with. You and your fellow educators can use social media sites as a tool to create an information network filled with digital classroom activities, cool online field trips, or the info about the latest iPhone app for educators. PaperlessEducation has prepared a few tricks and tips to get this started in your district.

Google +

Many, if not all of you are on Facebook, a lot of you may even be on Twitter. However, something that not too many probably have is Google+. Google+ has a few powerful tools that can be used by educators that may bring more benefits than Facebook.

We suggest you create a private community filled with your schools faculty. In this private community you can create different discussion boards that focus on different aspects of your educational community.

This is a great place to post links to new education articles, what your class will be doing for next week’s fieldtrip or any other educational related content that is worth sharing within the community.

David Lee has created an awesome blog post about how to go about creating each aspect of the Google+ Community. If your interested see what he has to say right here.

Twitter


A few of you may be on Twitter as well! Kudos to you! Twitter is one of our favorite micro blogging sites that we visit on an hourly basis.

It’s a great place to learn about the current events in the world, have a few chuckles and even post something you think is really interesting. As an educator it is imperative that you create a twitter account.

There isn’t a requirement that you post about what you had for breakfast lunch and dinner or even what the weather looks like outside. We would like to see you posting about topics that relate to your specialization or link to a news article that is breaking news about something you are passionate about.

Anyways I’m getting off track. Twitter is a great place for educators to link other educators up with new information that you can use in your classroom. How does this happen?

Well Twitter has a couple features to it that will allow you to instantly find information that you are looking for. You may search for information on Twitter just like Google. Twitter will put the latest, most relevant up to date information at the top after you click search. All you need to do is visit: www.twitter.com/search. Twitter will not only search the Hashtags associated with the tweet, but also the content inside the tweet for the key words you searched for.

The other search feature Twitter has available to you is called a list. A Twitter list is an awesome tool that is perfect for educators. Twitter lists can be as broad or as specialized as you would like. You specify who is on the list, and who is not. As an educator you could create an education list and select all educational Tweeters that you follow to be on the list. By making your list open to the public, and sharing it with others you will be able to build a network of information worth reading and spreadin. Here is a link to an article that gives the four-step process of creating the list.

EdWeb.net

Finally for those of you who don’t like Facebook or Twitter because your students are also using those sites there is a new social media site in town just for you! EdWeb.net is a professional social media site focused on connecting educators with other educators. Technorati.com, a blog focused on current issues caused by technology has a great article of why educators aren’t using the social media sites like facebook and Twitter and why EdWeb.net is gaining more popularity. Check out the article here!

There are a thousand other sites and things that you and other educators can visit and do, we would just like to make sure you know which ones we think are the best! Our next blog post will focus on one of the most important aspects of being a teacher in the digital age. Blogging. You will have to check back next week to find out more about that one though!

If you have questions feel free to comment or send us an email,

-PaperlessEducation

Social Media & The Classroom

2 Feb
While most of us, as college students, are used to primarily in class classroom environments, with the advances in technology that we’ve seen in the last two decades, we are now able to communicate in numerous ways. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Skype are only a few of the possible sources available (literally) at our fingertips to help us learn and create! ‘The Dream Team’ has put together some information about some of our favorite social media sources. We chose the ones we did either because of its increasing popularity, or because it was just plain interesting.


Minecraft

A Mindless Computer Game or Unique Classroom?

There are many different ways that teachers can conduct classes. When tragedy strikes and forces students and teachers to evacuate classes, some teachers become very creative in the methods they use for conducting classes.

After a tornado left students unable to study on campus at Bond University in Australia, a professor came up with a plan to keep the students in his computer games studies program working on their class projects. Professor Jeffrey Brand is currently in charge of Minecraft Uni Project, which allows students to continue studying through a Minecraft Server. Minecraft is a computer game that allows people to create their own towns in an 8-bit looking format; this means everything is made of cubes.

Due to the fact that Minecraft has so many multi-player capabilities, the students and professors were able to log on together and shatter material and ask each other questions. According to the project’s blog, the current students are able to work as if they are in an actual classroom environment. Brand and 11 of his students were able to recreate the entirety of their campus in about a week and proved once again, that my mom was wrong when she told me that gaming would never help with my school work.

Facebook

Social Media King and Classroom BlogSpot!

Facebook

Facebook is an amazing tool that allows millions of people to connect via internet and continue to build their relationships. This unique experience allows old friends to stay in touch from back in High School or college that haven’t talked to each other in years. Our generation also uses it to network and potentially get into our professional careers using its technology.

Classes also benefit from Facebook’s user friendliness by having the ability to connect a class together like we are for this blog. In our Digital Media and Society class (The one this blog was created in!) we use Facebook as a means to turn in a class assignment called the Class Archives. Both students and staff are complaining about programs such as blackboard being too complicated. The mutual understanding of how efficient Facebook is for events and grouping people makes it the perfect tool to connect with your students both now and in the future.

Twitter

Classroom discussions are so boring, why not just tweet about it?

Twitter

Our world is revolving around less face-to-face communication and more online, computer mediated communication. People are communicating through social media now, more than ever. Several social media sites are out there and extremely popular. One social media site that is growing more popular as more people realize its benefits is Twitter. Twitter is an online social media site that allows users to speak their mind using less than 160 characters.

We at PaperlessEducation wondered if Twitter could be used as a medium to connect students and classrooms together. It turns out that we weren’t alone, and there’s boatloads of information on the subject..

study done at the University of North Carolina found that one in every 40 professors are on Twitter, but instead of tweeting about academics they are engaging with their students. Engaging with students over Twitter is pretty awesome, and the next logical step in utilizing Twitter with education is to communicate with whole classes via Twitter.

It turns out OnlineCollege.org published an article citing TweetChat as the solution to communicating with everyone in the class. TweetChat is an application that funnels all tweets with a specific hashtag into a chatroom that is lead by a moderator.

Is this the future of class discussion boards? We at PaperlessEducation think that it very well could be.

Skype

Get Connected Across the World.

skype

With technology nowadays it seems almost anything is possible; and more and more of it is getting integrated into education. Teachers and students all across the globe are using Skype In The Classroom to connect and collaborate with one another. For example a class of fifth graders from a Johnson County Elementary school recently partnered with a school half way across the globe in Kenya, East Africa. The students got to interact and ask questions of one another.
Another way Skype is being utilized is to connect students to famous authors like the middle school from Santa Monica, California that got to Skype with young adult author, Annabel Monaghan. The students, who were in the middle of reading Monaghan’s book, got the opportunity to ask the author herself a series of questions.
Skype is being used more and more in the classroom and it seems that the possibilities seem to be endless.

Whether it be through Facebook, Twitter, Skype or even Mincraft connecting with the classroom using social media can have both benefits and drawbacks. Leave us a comment or ask us a question if you feel the need.

Thanks for reading

– #TheDreamTeam