Digital Communication Social Media
About Me • Adam Williams • I teach Economics at Cass High School in Cartersville, Georgia. • I am working towards my Masters in Instructional Technology through Georgia Southern.
The Language of a Teenager… • “Hey Johnny, Facebook me when you get home.” • “Tweet up the concert and make sure you use hashtags.” • “I just downloaded that app on my iphone.” • “OMG your mom blogs about you.” • “LOL IDK TTYL XOXO :)”
Digital Communication • According to Ribble and Bailey digital communication is the electronic exchange of information. • Cell phones • Instant Messaging (IM) • Videoconferencing • Email
Digital Communication Issues • Cell Phones in Class (Texting)
Digital Communication Issues • Can the school discipline you for what you post on MySpace or Facebook?
Social Media • Social media is any form of online publication or presence that allows end users to engage in multi-directional conversations in or around the content on the website. • www.onlinematters.com/glossary.htm
Why social media? • I asked my students what are the three websites you visit on a daily basis?
Social Media in the Classroom • How could I use something that students use everyday to extend my classroom.
You have to get on their level • High School students use social media on a daily basis. In order to reach out to them you have to use a medium they can relate to?
What did I do? • I created a twitter account, www.twitter.com/m9economics
Why Twitter? • It is simple • 140 characters makes you keep it simple. • Hashtags (#) allow you to organize things. • It allows you to teach outside the classroom.
What is a Blog? • A blog (a contraction of the term "web log") is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Using Blogs • Subscribe to the blogs you enjoy reading. • Subscribe to blogs that provide you with information you can use in the classroom. • Organize all these blogs in one place with a RSS or blog reader.
Blogreader • A blog reader allows you to be more efficient because your reading list is located in one place.
Quiz • How many characters are you aloud to use with Twitter? • A. 150 • B. 200 • C. 346 • D. 140
Quiz • What is a contraction for “web log?” • A. Webelos • B. Blog • C. Online Diary • D. webl
Quiz • What is one advantage of a blog reader? • A. It allows you to create your own blog. • B. It allows you to use your time more efficiently • C. It creates more confusion • D. It lets you pay your bills online.
Resources http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/listweb20s.html Web 2.o for the classroom. Find various web tools you can use in your classroom. http://www.slideshare.net/corinnew/social-media-in-the-classroom-presentation PPT on how to use social media in the classroom. http://www.classroomblogging.com/ Learn how to create a quality blog that allows you to teach outside the classroom. http://academhack.outsidethetext.com/home/ Tech tools you can use in your classroom. Also has a lot of great ideas as to how you can use Twitter in the classroom.