A workshop on using social media in teaching English Prepared by : AnasAlawawdeh H.O.D: Samir Al-Said ELT supervisor: Mohammad Samaha ELT Senior Supervisor: Aisha Al-Awadi School principal: AbdallahAlhaqan
What is social media? • The term social media refers to web-based and mobile applications that allow individuals and organizations to create, engage, and share new user-generated content, in digital environments through multi-way communication. • These tools tend to fall into two broad categories: those primarily intended for social networking, such as Facebook or Twitter, and those that are designed for sharing user-generated content such as blogs, YouTube, or Flickr.
Figure2. Percentage of social media users in U.S. and UK higher education groups. Note: U.S. statistics are from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. UK statistics are from the Oxford Internet Survey. Date: 20 Dec 2011
BY THE NUMBERS • 750 million Number of Facebook users worldwide. • 100 million Number of Twitter users worldwide. • 230 million Number of tweets sent per day.
BY THE NUMBERS • 80 percent Increase in Tweets since the beginning of 2011. • $8 billion Estimated valuation of Twitter based on that recent funding.
BY THE NUMBERS • $80 billion Estimated valuation of Facebook. • 11.8 million Number of new Facebook users worldwide in May, down from 13.9 million new users in April, according to the research group Inside Facebook. • SOURCE THE FISCAL TIMES 2011 http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/ 2011/09/12/The-Social-Media-Explosion-Bythe-Numbers.aspx#page1
Tips on using SM in teaching • Show students how to find and access information through technology. • Establish Clearly Communicated Boundaries. • You can use SM to handle different areas in your teaching; grammar, composition, reading, literature… • SM can be used to broadcast events like exams and deadlines.
Pros and cons of using Social networks in teaching Pros: • Making safe communities: among students and teachers themselves. • Gain access to available information, services, and resources. - Collaboration is encouraged -Building an ongoing relationship with stakeholders: with social media, the classroom can be a lively, 24/7 experience. - Professional development
Cons and pros of using Social networks in teaching Cons: • - the dynamics of the users of the technology: Must be managed by someone who understands social media. • Lack of features. • Can be a distracter if not used properly. - It needs more than a presence. - From an organizational and management perspective, the most significant benefits and the most notable risks arise from the democratizing nature of social media.
Helpful Twitter accounts for teachersto follow @NikPeachey, @ozge, @TheConsultantsE and @Larryferlazzo. Or just click on the "Who to follow button" and search for terms such as ELT, Tesol, EFL, and ESL.
I hope this workshop was helpful Thanks for attending Good luck in your teaching