Social Media in the Classroom

Author Eric Stott


Introduction


Modern teachers are now facing the most difficult of times when it comes to maximizing the learning of their students. Teachers now have to participate in combat that far exceeds the combat faced by teachers of previous generations. Current students now live in the world of technology where instant access and instant gratification is the expectation. Whether students are gaming, socializing, watching television, or surfing the internet for the next hot item, everything is done within seconds, except learning. This exception is making educating extremely difficult when trying to use outdated methods of education. Teachers, now more than ever, need to conquer the world of instant access. Students must be entertained while being educated in order for their attention spans to last during an entire classroom lesson. Luckily for teachers, this new technological boom, has created hundreds of free options for teachers to use during combat. This mini-course will take a peak at Web 2.0 tools in general and explicitly cover how to use social media within the classroom, specifically Twitter and Facebook.

Unit One: Web 2.0 in Education


Target Objective:

  • Participants will be able to identify three possible educational benefits of using Web 2.0 in the classroom.


Unit Two: Social Media in the Classroom


Target Objective:

  • Participants will be able to identify three possible educational benefits of using social media in the classroom.


Unit Three: Facebook and Twitter as Educational Tools


Target Objective:

  • Participants will be able to stimulate student learning and participation outside of class using Facebook and Twitter.
  • Participants will be able to assess student understanding of curriculum content based on student discussion and participation using Facebook and Twitter.



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ETAP 623 Spring 2012