Social Media: The New TechnologyConnection, Conversation, Collaboration

A Technology Boot Camp

November 16 and March 2
NBCHS Lecture Theatre

Tentative Agenda:
  • Set-up welcome, introductions and housekeeping items
  • Overview and structure of the day
  • Outcomes and expectations: Connections, Conversations and Collaboration

Yammer - Connection, Conversation and Contribution || Back Channelling
  • sign-up, browse posts, comments - participate in the Back Channel for the day

Technology and Change

Overview of Social Media and the impact on society and education


Task:
In your table group select one of the questions below - this will be your key responsibility to take jot notes during the videos (make sure all four questions are addressed at your table)
  • Objective: What key points were made in the videos?
  • Reflective: How does the information given connect with your own experiences?
  • Interpretive: What needs do you see resulting as a result of the shift?
  • Decisional: What has to happen to address these needs with respect to your students? What is your role?



If we use technology effectively, we don't diminish the interpersonal and relation qualities of eduction, we enhance it. (Salman Khan)

Task:
In your table group respond to the above questions. Ask one individual to be the scribe and to synthesize and record the groups responses. (If you have not already joined this wiki - click the join button at the top of the page and I will approve your request for membership)
[ November 16, 2010 - Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8 Group 9]

March 16, 2011 Groups:
Group 1B | Group 2B | Group 3B | Group 4B | Group 5B | Group 6B | Group 7B | Group 8B | Group 9B

What makes a social media tool transformative?

The Case for Social Media in Schools
Transformative or just flashy educational tools
It Is Not (Only) About The Technology (read the comments as well as the post)

Summarize your thoughts after the reading by responding to this quote, "Technology doesn't improve education, it changes it.....teachers improve education". (Michael Trump, Calbarras County Schools, NC). Post your thoughts via comment on the Bootcamp: March 2 brainstorming wall (November Brainstorming Wall)

The Writing Experience

Using a new tool in an old way OR using a new tool in a new, transformative way

Levels of Blogging (From: Will Richardson’s Blogs, Wikis, Podcast and Other Powerful Web Tools for the Classrooom)
  • Posting assignments (Not blogging)
  • Journaling, i.e. “this is what I did today.” (Not blogging)
  • Posting links. (Not blogging)
  • Links with descriptive annotation, i.e., “This site is about…” (Not really blogging either, but getting close depending on the depth of the description).
  • Links with analysis that gets into the meaning of the content being linked. (A simple form of blogging).
  • Reflective, metacognitive writing on practice without links. (Complex writing, but simple blogging, I think. Commenting would probably fall in here somewhere)
  • Links with analysis and synthesis that articulate a deeper understanding or relationship to the content being linked and written with potential audience in mind. (Real blogging).
  • Extended analysis and synthesis over a longer period of time that builds on previous posts, links, and comments. (Complex blogging).

Watch the video, Blogs as Learning Spaces

Crafting a Conversation: Blogging and Commenting

Exploring the concepts of connection, conversation and collaboration

Snowball Activity - move chairs into a circle in the middle of the room. You will need a pen.
"The most important things for kids growing up today is the love of embracing change". (John Seely Brown)

The Power of Blogging
KidBlog and Grade 7 Bloggers from Cut Knife High School (Aimee from CKHS)

Table Discussion: each person examine one of the sites below - explain to your colleagues what makes it 'new'.

The New Way: Examples
The Holocaust - In Our Hands is a collaborative literary study designed to engage a community of grade eight learners as they socially negotiate the themes and insights evoked by this historical atrocity.
Hive Thinking - a discussion forum
Braeden (grade one blogger)
Huzzah - grade 6 students from the Comox Valley, BC
Reading Aloud – with a Few Twists

Tools we use in Living Sky


Hands-on Activities: Exploring Social Media


Learning New Apps
When a teacher thinks about learning a new technology, they think about who’s going to teach them in a classroom and how they will use it in the classroom. When game designers want to teach you something – they make a game full of challenges – and a community of peer assisted learners forms around solving them. Inside and outside the game – there is no assumption that you need a teacher at all, but that you are literate enough to participate. (Dean Groom)

How to learn a new application or online tool:
1. Play – approach the learning as you would a game
2. Take risks – click any button
3. Cheat – find the tutorials, ask a friend or colleague for help
4. Problem-solve
5. Keep trying!

What you need to do:
1. Determine what the application is meant to do
2. Sign-up if required
3. Explore, experiment, try a few things…
4. Consider how you would use this tool for your own learning or management of your own resources
5. Consider how you might use the application in your classroom with students
6. How does this tool/application facilitate connection, conversation and/or collaboration

Collaboration: Explore 2 - 3 different tools and fill in the categories on the google spreadsheet:

Some social media tools to explore:

Audio and Music
Digital Storytelling
Productivity
Polls and Surveys
Blogs
Presentations
Words
Images and Photos
Blip.fm
AudioBoo (Tutorial)
Vocaroo
Soundation
Voki
VoiceThread
My StoryMaker
StoryBird
ZooBurst
Glogster
Voki
Blabberize
Museum Box
Kwout
Awesome Highlighter
PrimaryPad
CoSketch
Scribblar
Poll Everywhere
Doodle
Crappy Graphs
Pretty Graphs
Kidblog
Posterous
Edublogs
Prezi
Slideshare
Piclits
Wordia
Tagu
Worlde
Smilebox
Picturetrail
Aviary
Be Funky
Picnik
Flickr
Big Huge Labs
Organization
Backchanneling
Screen Capture
Video Editing
Social Networks
Brainstorming
Timelines
Search Tools
DropBox
Diigo
Delicious
Only2Clicks
LiveBinders
Netvibes
PageFlakes
Today's Meet (tutorial)
Twiducate
Twitter
Wifiti
ScreenSnapr
ScreenJelly
Screenr
JayCut
DragonTape
Stupeflix Studio
MeMoove
Flixtime
TogetherVille
Edmodo
MindMeister
Webspiration
Bubbl.us
WallWisher
LinoIt
TimeToast
TimeGlider
Gapminder
Visual Thesaurus
Wolfram Alpha
Goofram
Google - Create an account and have access to gmail, Google Reader, iGoogle, Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms and more....

Digital Citizenship

Review and discuss the document
Waybackmachine - A tool to show students that what they put on line stays online in some way.
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by Royan Lee is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Reflection

email me a short reflection - donna.desroches@lskysd.ca
Use this as your starting point: Roller Coaster
And reflect on these three questions (via the Couros Brothers)
  1. What did you learn? Will today make a difference? What would you like to learn next?
  2. Did today alter the way you think about technology - and then how would it be used in the classroom?
  3. What could help you make the shift?