Using social media with learners – Social learning

Social Learning is not a term I was familiar with until this weeks activities. We discussed what the difference between social media and social learning was and read a few blogs to help us with the distinction.

Some other useful links given were:

Hope you enjoy, leave me a comment about your thoughts on social learning.

Belinda

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Using social media with learners – Edmodo

The other activity given to us week one of  ‘my using social media with learners’ course besides signing up for twitter, was to sign up for Edmodo.

Edmodo is another free social media platform that aims to create a learning environment for teachers and learners. It has a similar look and feel to Facebook. You can sign up either as a teacher or student. As a student you need to invited into a class via a group code.

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Like Facebook you can create groups, post to your timeline and reward your students with achievement badges. You can also (attach an assignment, create a quiz or distribute a poll.

If you are interested in knowing more about Edmodo you could watch the Introduction to Edmodo webinar created by Edmodo.

There is also a great webinar on 20 ways to use Edmodo that you can watch. If your time is limited fast forward through sections of it.

Here is a great article written on the blog ‘Reflections of a Passionate Educator’ – 10 reasons I love using Edmodo in my iPad classroom . . .

So how can you use Edmodo in the classroom?

  • To encourage discussion
  • To distribute simple quizzes
  • Polls
  • Post assignments (or other types of files)
  • Announcements
  • Embed audio & video in wall posts

Some other interesting articles and videos that were shared this week were:

A video Gail shared to end our week on was created by one of  her friends who she recently completed a course with. A must watch for the end of our first week.

‘A Day in the Life of a Digital Teacher – Utopian or Distopian?’

Some of the other platforms we were asked to do some personal research on were:

  • Ning
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • WordPress
  • Tumblr
  • Google+
  • Pinterest
  • Wikispaces
  • Glogster
  • TeacherTube
  • Vimeo
  • Flickr

If you have used Edmodo for training or any of the above platforms I would love to hear your expereinces and great ways to use these platforms with learners. So please leave a comment.

Belinda

Using social media with learners – Twitter

During week one of my ‘using social media with learners‘ course we have been tasked with signing up to Twitter and Edmodo.twitter 2  

Twitter

I have not used twitter much before, but I did have an account from a few years ago. Interestingly I found that my account had been taken over by another person. I did manage to take my photo off but couldn’t do too much more that that.  I find using twitter quite disjointed and hard to keep up with the conversation with so many tweets coming through. However I have now discovered how to use # hashtags. Although this is still a bit disjointed it does allow all classmates to at least group all our tweets together. We used Edmodo as a way to advice  our twitter handle to allow all classmates to follow each other.

A great video was given to us via a link in Edmodo about one teachers story of how he uses twitter in the classroom.


Another great website for teachers who want to use technology in education was given and I have added it to my bookmarks bar  – Educational technology and mobile learning

More specifically the article written about ‘The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have’ was given and we were asked to comment in Twitter using our hashtag #nvels.

Another couple of great articles if you would like to explore hashtags more is:

‘My top 8 Hashtags as a Teacher’.

The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education

I found both the use of Edmodo to set the activities and then using twitter to discuss with our classmates a great way to get a conversation and reflection going and can see its application in any training. We played a Twitter trivia game that was fun and could be used with learners. We all posted one trivia question and attempted to answer each group member’s post.  By using our twitter hashtag it was easier to find the relevant questions but a bit disjointed when some of the answers would not put in as replies to tweets.
Some of the other ways considered to sue Twitter to encourage learners were discussed in our Adobe connect session:

  • Follow experts of a given subject
  • Find links to articles, journals, research posted on twitter
  • Find links to stories or blog posts on a particular subject
  • These links should be evaluated on the authors knowledge of a subject area, reliability and authenticity
  • Start and contribute to discussion in a subject area – link this to an assessment and the discussion just might take off

I would love to hear your ideas of how you could use twitter with your learners and  to get your training online.

Belinda

Using social media with learners – Adobe Connect

I have recently started a 6 week workshop in ‘Using Social Media with Learners’. This is one of  the ‘NSW E-Capablity Workshops’ aimed at VET teachers and managers looking to put more into their e-learning delivery and design. This has been offered as part of  the NSW National VET e-learning Strategy 2012 – 2015 and is facilitated by Gail Smith the NSW Project and E-Learning Advisor.

In her introduction, Gail informed us that as at 30 June 2012, there were 12 million internet subscribers and that learners are increasingly demanding more flexible study options and this demand is supported also by the industries our learners are or will be employed in. The use of social media is a great way to engage with learners, build relationships and include a bit of fun.

We are using  Adobe Connect as our web conferencing platform to meet in real time each week and I am finding this platform really great as a tool to get to know my classmates and Gail. It is really easy to use, we can be given the mic to interact and have our say or type questions into the chat pod to get answers for Gail or the other students.

Gail creates a ‘room’ and sends us all an invitation to attend at a certain time. The session is recorded and sent to us to review afterwards or for anyone unable to make the time slot they are still able to catch up later. We enter as a guest and can then enter the room and see which other of our classmates are in attendance.

It was also suggested that we get a headset with microphone with a USB connection so we can participate in the discussions.

Week ones activities are signing up as a student to Edmodo and signing up for twitter. More on these two platforms coming up.

Please leave me a comment if you have also used Adobe Connect and let me know what you thought of it and any innovative ways you have used in in training.

Belinda