Thursday, August 20, 2009

Back To School-Intro To Social Media

It seems like the Social Media Revolution has exploded over the last year. With services like Twitter, Ning, Facebook, You Tube, and others, our students are spending more and more time online, making connections. Schools are, all be it slowly, realizing that they can embrace these Social Media sites to create truly, dynamic and engaging classrooms. They also are finding that they can better reach out to their parents and community.

Is your school or district using any of these sites or services? Are you using them in your classroom with students? Where do you start? Here are a few resources that you can use to get a handle on Social Media and how you can leverage it to create Connected Classrooms, Schools, Districts, Students, Staffs and Communities:

Social Media In Plain English

Second you need to go through this excellent presentation on Social Media and how to use it in eLearning.

Recently some administrators got together on Twitter to talk about Social Media. They came up with a great reading list and more resources for other administrators and school leaders.
Social Media Reading List Wiki

Does your school or district have an Acceptable Use Policy for computer and Internet usage? Does it address student blogging, wiki use or cellphones? Check out this great resource for creating Social Media Friendly Policies.
Social Media Guidelines Wiki

And remember, with all the collaboration and sharing that occurs with Social Media tools and Web 2.0 tools we still need to remember copyright and fair use guidelines. Check out this great video on the use of Open Education materials.

What are some other resources you have used to introduce Social Media in your school or district? What is your opinion on Social Media in schools? Does it have a place? How much "connectedness" is too much? Are we even doing enough? What are your thoughts. Leave me some feedback below.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi, Steven. I just came across your blog via a Tweet from someone. It looks terrific and seems as though you have a lot of great content.

    I help run an eLearning site called 60 Second Online University. It provides videos, articles and other tools to the business community.

    We just wrote a series of blogs on eLearning that you might be interested in checking out. It's a five-part series and can be read on the 60 Second Online University blog.

    Keep up the good work! I'll be back for a visit soon.

    Jamie Turner
    60 Second Communications