15. Learning about Social Media


  1. As I mentioned, I am going to give all of you a late pass. Thanks for your efforts for the 2nd reading.

PART I. Social Media in Professional Context
We are going to talk about social media utilization, especially in professional context. I am going to ask you to gather 5 different groups. Then I am going to give you a sentence you need to complete. The sentence should look like “Social media can help (people or communities) (do something).” Also please find (at least) one good example. For example, I write this sentence, “Social media can help police officers solve crime.” Also I am going to share this case to support my sentence! Next, please find (at least) one bad example to the practice. For example, I would share this news to show adverse effect of social media in crime fighting.

How about your groups’ sentence? Let’s spend a few minutes to make a sentence. Use #P2_SocialMedia to share your sentence and examples.

PART II. Social Media in Classroom
How are social media used in classrooms? Anthony Rotolo, a professor at Syracuse University, talks about promising practices for social media in classrooms.

Social Media can be a great resource for professional development. It can also really get in the way of getting a professional position. So how do we navigate a world with amazing potential and potential pitfalls? We all need to think about how we might develop a professional social media strategy. At most, you are three or four years away from entering your chosen profession – it’s time to create your social media profile so you don’t find yourself removing tags from Facebook photos, creating a barebones LinkedIn account, and learning what Twitter is the night before a big job interview.

Here are some examples of social media in classrooms:
Twitter in the classroom
Facebook in the classroom
Pinterest in the classroom

PART III. Project 2: Social Media Strategy Plan
The second project you are going to do is building a social media strategy plan. Let’s review the page “P2. Social Media Strategy Plan” together. You are also able to visit this page under Projects. This project asks you to complete several steps. Please make sure to read the directions carefully and complete all required tasks. Remember, this project is worth 10% of your final grade – take it seriously.

For the rest of the class, please work on the Step One. Feel free to ask me any question if you have.

Step One: Reading About Social Media
It’s impossible to find the “perfect” article for you to read about social media. The problem is – the “perfect” article depends on what you’re interested in. There’s so much good stuff out there – I want you to find your own article. Find  any example/resource related to social media in classroom and tweet the example/resource to #P2_SocialMedia. Please notify “learner grade level, subject area, learning activity, social media tool, and link” when tweet. For example, “Undergraduates, N/A, Discussion, Twitter, http://youtu.be/t1szz0KRzh0

For Wednesday

  1. Review “P2. Social Media Strategy Plan” under Projects.
  2. Please find any example/resource related to social media in classroom and tweet them to #P2_SocialMedia.

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