Discussion 8: Social Media Sites
IST6120 Krista Collins
Social Media Sites Overview
- Widely used by content teachers, sports, clubs, and general school announcements.
- A great way to keep class discussions alive after the session has ended.
- Reminder system for assignments, directions, and due dates.
- A collaboration tool to support teamwork, belonging, and interpersonal relationships.
- Creates a supportive relationship between instructor and student; makes individual students feel part of an entire community.
- Instructor creates classes and invites/accepts friends/members.
- Teacher and students can post comments with the teacher having all editing rights.
- Vetted; promotes legal, safe, and healthy digital citizenship and online behavior.
- Availability to upload assignments, videos, and reminders.
- Layout is similar to Facebook.
- Increases student interaction and collaboration.
- Builds a support network between student and teacher and among a class as a cohesive unit.
Real Teacher Testimonial: A Science Teacher Talks about Using Social Media in the Classroom
"I now use Schoology. It benefits me as a teacher because I post most of my assignments and all of my power points on my class accounts. I have several on-line google assignments each Unit, so it also gives me a place to place the links for those. I am able to make the students responsible for their own learning if they have been absent or are struggling on a certain concept. They know the assignments are posted each unit and can use them as they choose. They are always welcome to send me a note through Schoology that will alert me on my cell phone. A few students have done that this year. I feel it has made them happy, safe, and legal. I don't use the blog feature and don't allow them to post blogs either."
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