Social Media

How Social Media is Redefining Learning and Teaching?

There is no doubt that social media is a permanent part of our daily lives. It has blurred the area between work and play to the point where sometimes we are not sure if we are working or socializing. Perhaps sometimes it is one in the same. Quite a few educators have dipped their toes into the water and experimented with using social media to benefit them professionally, but unfortunately many do not stick around long enough to see the long term benefits.

The purpose of these workshops and resources are to go beyond the mere science of creating a personal learning network. Many times social media training sessions focuses on the how-to piece of the puzzle, but this approach leaves many important questions unanswered. Anyone can join a Facebook group or create a Twitter account, but what do you do once you get there? How do you know who to follow? How do you determine what information to share? What are the hidden rules of interaction? The heart of these sessions lies in the answers to these questions. It is essential to understand the intricacies of a personal learning network to understand how to nurture it and help it flourish.

The Why:


  • Give Open Network Test
  • Roll Your Own Text
  • Be Googled Well
  • Flip The Power Switch
  • Change The World
  • Don't Do Your Own Work
  • Learn First Teach Second
  • No More Workshops
  • Share Everything
  • Ask Questions You Don't Know The Answers To
  • Repeat After Me...I Want To Be Found By Strangers On The Internet!
  • Unlearn. Relearn.
  • Résumé. Shmesume.
  • Stop Googling! Get a Network
  • Go Free and open Source
  • Create an "Uncommon Core"
  • Don't Deliver...Discover
  • Disrupt the System....Innovate!!!
  • Scream!!!! It's About Doing What's Best for Kids!!! Focusing On learning In a World that is Very Different From the One most Adults Grew Up On.
  • Do I Have your Attention? Move On...

The Social Media Tips:

  1. Pick a platform
  2. Build a Social Audience
  3. Content is King
  4. No...Engagement is King
  5. Launch!!!
  6. Measure
  7. Less is More
  8. Entend Your Network & Marketing

    The Social Media Tools:

    • Facebook: a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.
    • Twitter: Instantly connect to what's most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.
    • LinkedIn: Manage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network. Access knowledge, insights and opportunities.
    • Google+: aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life. Check out Circles, Events and Hangouts, just a few of the things of services hey provide.
    • Pintrest: A content sharing service that allows members to "pin" images, videos and other objects to their pinboard.
    • YouTube: #2 largest search engine. Share your videos with friends, family, and the world.

    The Tools:

    • HootSuite: Enhance your social media management with HootSuite
    • EduClipper: EduClipper will allow teachers and students to clip all types of web content–not just images, but links, videos, slideshows, lesson plans.
    • Evernote: help you remember and act upon ideas, projects and experiences across all the computers, phones and tablets you use.
    • Google Docs: Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere. Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys, and more all in one ...
    • Google Sites: is a free and easy way to create and share webpages. Learn more. Createrich web pages easily; Collectall your info in one place; Controlwho can ..
    • Flipboard: Your Social Magazine. Available for iPad, iPhone & Android.
    • Eventbrite: gives you all the online tools you need to bring people together for an event and sell tickets.
    • BottleNose: helps you track news and trends across social networks. It measures the crowd in real-time to help you see what's important around any interest.
    • Vimeo: is the home for high-quality videos and the people who love them.
    • TweetDeck: is your personal browser for staying in touch with what's happening now, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, ...
    • SimpleWash: You spent the last four years being a kid. That's wonderful, but a lot can happen in four years. The internet never forgets. You’ve partied, you’ve befriended some questionable characters, and you’ve posted things meant only for friends. Heck, you just lived your life and did your thing - and now, you've got the posts and pics to show it.

    The Workshops & Handouts:

    • Social Media for Educators (PDF) 
      • Facebook, Twitter, Google+ are a social media tools that is easy to use and powerful in their ability to collect research, collaborate, and connect globally.
    • Social Media for Educational Administrators (PDF) 
      • How can school leaders embrace technology to best serve their communities through transparent leadership, enhanced communication and collaboration, and connected learning?
    • Engaged & Empowered Learners: Social Media to Grow Learning Oppertunities (PDF) 
      • Using web 2.0 tools and social media, learners collaborate, choose what and how they learn, and select how technology supports them in designing their learning journey.
    • Networked Educators: The Art of Leveraging Social Media to Connect (PDF) 48mb
      • Starting and growing a personal learning network takes time and patience. This session will provide tips and tricks to help with the process. A discussion of the impact of social media and Web 2.0 on ideas about learning, teaching and best practices in connecting with your specific audience.


    The Conversation:

    The Research 

    • Marc Prensky: Teaching Digital Natives
    • Don Tapscott: Grown Up Digital
    • Alan November's Digital Learning Farm
    • Palfrey and Glasser: Born Digital
    • Lori Elliott: Teach Like a Techie
    • Amber Mac: Power Friending
    • Twitter 101: Are You Tweeting? Journal: T&D T+D v. 63 no. 8(August 2009) p. 24-5, 27 Rosenfeld, E.
    • Why Tweet? Doc that contains some great advice regarding Twitter. (

    Info Graphs 

    • The Social Landscape (Web)
    • Evolution of Social Media User (Web)
    • Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives (Web)
    • Social Network Age Distribution (Web)