Monday, March 16, 2015

Pure Genius Week 7: Social Media and Students

Social media use by students can be a slippery slope. Are you encouraging your students to utilize social media to enhance or expand their learning or to share things they are creating? How are you or how is your school helping students learn how to use social media safely?

For next week we will be reading the next chapter, titled "Getting Started with Social Media."

27 comments:

  1. In an ideal classroom setting, I would be trying to utilize social media as much as possible, but I only see K-5 for 40 minutes a week. My social media skills are for parent/student updates. While using social media, I can see many potential benefits to being able to connect to other individuals. Number one thing to think about is that students need to be taught about the pros/cons of social media. Too many students/individuals these days are getting into trouble from social media so that is very important to teach that to our students.

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    1. I am in the same boat; I generally use Twitter for news that is applicable to parents and students, and also to showcase things I have going on in my media center. We do have a Digital Learning course that is taught by a wonderful teacher at our school and they cover safe and responsible social media use. It is the first year for this course, so I am excited to see where she goes with it. I definitely see its influence with students who have taken the course. As I work with students on projects that involve blogging, website creation, etc., they are already on top of things.

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  2. As forward thinking technologically as I view my school district to be, it is on the topic of responsible student use of social media that we lag behind in comparison to progressive use of social sites shared by Wettrick. Some of this has to do with parent skepticism of social media sites and part of this relates to general teacher experience where productive student use of social media is concerned. As I mentioned in a previous post, many of the social sites promoted by Wettrick are not allowed through our student filters on school supplied devices during the school day. I think if there was enough teacher support for helping students utilize social media in a positive way, this position could be reversed as there is certainly administrative support for student collaboration and sharing with a greater audience.

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  3. I think a lot of schools are just not as social media friendly as others may be. The sites mentioned by Wettrick are mostly blocked by my district and students couldn't use them if they were incorporated. I think that if teachers supported students to learn about responsible social media use and really using social media for a positive way, we could help mold more responsible citizens.

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    1. I agree. Many of these sites along with gaming venues have been treated as the fun side of the internet, yet productive use is an element of their availability that needs to be addressed just as we encourage other civic responsibilities in schools. Add to that educational benefits and there are many layers of social media that can be useful to all of us.

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  4. In our school right now we are not pushing the social media part of it. I do have one teacher that will have periodic twitter chats with her AP Lit course, and I have one teacher that encourages her students to blog about their experiences in class. We do have a digital citizenship course in the middle school where we discuss responsible use of the different social medias. I do feel there is a great opportunity to share what our students and staff are accomplishing by using social media, I have just been hesitant to "force" my teachers to do it.

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  5. My school utilizes several online sources both for research and communication. E-learning has been a great way for students to stay on track this year with the inclement weather and using an on-line campus site enables teachers to talk with students, parents, and other faculty quickly and effectively. I also like connecting with other professionals through Edmodo and I utilize many great ideas from Pinterest, Youtube, and a few other educational sites. Luckily, our school has recently unblocked many of these sites and teachers are able to use them for instructional purposes also.

    At the risk of being a negative nelly, I can’t tell you how much I detest Facebook. No matter how “positive” and respectful we teach our students and/or own children to be, there are always those that thrive on the drama and self-satisfaction they get from hurting others. I think many users have good intentions, i.e. connecting with parents or students, catching up with old friends, or keeping up with groups/organizations you are involved with, but, you have to admit, some people are just plain mean!

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  6. Like Lindsay, I teach in an elementary school and using social media is not something I have time for in my forty minute class period for PE. If I was teaching in a regular classroom I would introduce social media by teaching them safe ways to use social media. Also, teaching them the social consequences when the sites are not used properly. With white boards teachers do use social media for example Youtube. Maybe when introducing new topics they can show students how to find additional information using social media. This would allow students to research a topic more deeply outside of class time.

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  7. We do classroom guidance with all grades on Internet safety. We have also had parent nights emphasizing the importance of safe posting. The FTC has some free resources ("Think Before Tou Post" ) that are user friendly and full of good information. Some of our teachers have used Moodle and some now have class discussions via Facebook. We are exploring 1 to 1 options and also looking at all that is available through ITunes University and Google +. I have started looking at SlideShare and have been impressed with the options there.

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  8. I do not personally use social media in my classroom. I do not trust my students when it comes to social media. We do have DCT classes that are offered here at MHS. I do not know if social media safety is addressed in the classes or not. I have preached social media safety to my own children at home. Their sites are monitored, and they are told time and time again what not to post onto social media. Maybe in the future, I will incorporate social media safety into my lessons at the beginning of the social year.

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  9. If I were to return to the classroom, I would completely embrace social media as an instructional tool to enhance my in-class activities. Teaching the responsible use of this would become part of the basic instructions during the first days of school. As a US History teacher, there are so many opportunities to bring the students' experiences into our lessons while encouraging them to see the connections between their community and their travels with people, dates, and events in history. There are so many historical links to our curriculum and Tippecanoe County. We can also use social media to make comparisons and contrasts to the political, economical, and societal states of the 1700s to those similar issues of today. What would change.org have produced in 1776? What impact, if any, do young people have on world events given the technological opportunities they hold in their hands?! How exciting to think about these possibilities!

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  10. I use Youtube in band class to show examples of music groups performing pieces that we are currently rehearsing. This helps students better understand style and characteristics of that music. I also encourage students to look up videos of music performances on their own, especially during solo and ensemble time, for the same reason. Internet safety and proper use of social media is part of our Intro to Technology curriculum. Many of our teachers utilize social media as learning tools in their classrooms. And our social studies department uses My Big Campus for journaling and blogging.

    I have to say that after reading this chapter I talked with my own children, a college student and recent college graduate, about their social media practices. Since I no longer monitor their internet activity, I wanted them to understand how their participation can affect future internship and job search efforts, and that what they may view as innocuous comments can remain in the Ethernet forever. It was quite an enlightening conversation and I was relieved to discover that they both are very well aware of the consequences of bad behavior on the internet.

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  11. Twitter is invaluable to me as a coach, especially with all of the coordination needed pulling people from various geographic and social locations toward a goal-driven routine and process. I find it very useful in communicating changes to the plan, motivation, and general information. I have made a separate Twitter profile for the classroom but have not yet found an effective way to make it part of my/our routine. One thing is certain, if you want young people to know something, put it on Twitter or Instagram.

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  12. Our students are big users of social media. Currently, we offer a digital learning class that teaches safe use of social media. Next year we will offer a digital learning 2 to enhance and reinforce that experience. The class is required. I am trying to think about ways to engage our students more in our social media twitter feed for our school. Additionally, we are offering a parent education opportunity to explore What's Trending in Social Media.

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  13. Currently my school does not make the use of social media available to students. I agree education for responsible use of social media is a must for students if we are to make this available. We provide some internet safety lessons in the form of classroom guidance. Equally important is professional development for teachers in using social media in their classrooms and the benefits that can be obtained. I also believe it would be beneficial to provide a parent education component if we were to implement using social media in our classrooms.

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  14. We try at our school to encourage our students to use social media, but I’m not sure that we are actually doing it the right way. We have a school FaceBook page and Twitter account and some of our individual classes use these too. But I think we should do a better job addressing and teaching the rules and skills students need to be good users of social media. We all address the issues as they arise, but I think that we suffer from a common school problem - we assume that “someone else” is teaching the skills. I think that we need to teach our students to be true digital citizens before we turn them loose on social media sites. We don’t teach students to swim by throwing them into the pool….and we don’t teach them to use power tools by experimenting until they get it right...we teach them the skills they need to safely do the task. We need to adopt this same mentality when we ask our students to use social media. We need to teach them the rules and skills they need before we ask them to use this powerful, potentially dangerous tool.

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  15. This chapter was kind of interesting. I thought I was back in sales when the author wrote about "warm introductions". Of course having a mutual friend or business associate adds to success! I like looking at my friends pictures of their children and their vacations. That is why I am on Face Book.

    I needed to learn about deleting past negative posts. Just wondering, if all the social media will move quickly to a new communication avenue in just a couple of years. I completely understand the motive of students better upping how they are perceived with colleges and businesses.

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  16. Our school has both a Facebook and Twitter account. Announcements, updates, and shout-outs are posted but not as frequently as I think should be done. This is a great way to share information with the families of our students and the alumni.

    I know I have room for improvement for instructing students on how to properly use social media. The students do not grasp the fact the information they post is there forever. My hope is the students realize their digital footprint will follow them throughout their life.

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  17. I thought it was interesting that there was an article in my local paper, the Anderson Herald Bulletin, this week concerning social media and its influence on behavior within the schools. The article begins with a story of a fight at lunch at Highland Middle School which originated with a Facebook post and ended with four students, ages 13 to 15, being arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and battery. I have heard too many stories like this one in our corporation. While I realize that this is not the norm, I am not sure that middle school students are capable of the sense of responsibility that social media requires. While I can definitely see the positives of using social media, stories like these make me leery of the its use.

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  20. I think that social media can definitely have a positive role in the classroom. Social media is such a huge part of what our students are into right now it is a great way to communicate with them on their "playing field." It is a great way to get information out to a large number of people in a short amount of time as well. It is also a great way to start up conversations about important topics. I think students are more likely to engage in a conversation on a social media site that to actually discuss something face to face in a classroom. That being said, there is a definite potential for it to be used inappropriately. Also, are we fostering students that only want to communicate through a keyboard rather than face to face with each other? Are we getting away from basic social skills? I think it order for social media to be effective as a teaching tool in the classroom, very specific guidelines need to be illustrated. I think it is important for students to understand the ramifications of being a member of a social media site perhaps through an internet safety class. Younger students such as those in middle school may have more of a difficult time understanding the finality of things that they enter on a social media site and the power it can have over one's image.

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  21. The students in my classroom with social media accounts do not utilize Facebook, social media, etc. in an appropriate way. Many of the discussions in my classroom that have centered around the internet and social media were to encourage them to think about using it differently. I tried to share with the students that hurtful messages/gossip/rumors were not something to post and that it could be used for learning instead. My school is one where social media sites are blocked making it difficult to show examples of how to could be used educationally.

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  22. None of my students have ever even spoken of social media as in my lifeskills class, most are reading at a 1st grade level and so do not actively get the chance at their level. I do not know that I would want to encourage that for most of the social media sites and it is not something that I have ever even considered in all honesty. As I think about it, I could see possibly using pinterest and teaching them how to do it, but that would still have to be very limited and almost 1 on 1.

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  23. Many of my students do not utilize social media in an appropriate way. Kids often post comments that they would never have the guts to say to someone else's face. This has caused an occasional fight so when student tell me other students are posting hurtful comments, I contact my administrators. Students are pulled in to discuss what they are posting and parents are contacted. Social media sites are blocked at my school so I cannot use social media in my classroom. I also cannot effectively teach how to appropriately use social media in my classroom.

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  24. Many of my students do not utilize social media in an appropriate way. Kids often post comments that they would never have the guts to say to someone else's face. This has caused an occasional fight so when student tell me other students are posting hurtful comments, I contact my administrators. Students are pulled in to discuss what they are posting and parents are contacted. Social media sites are blocked at my school so I cannot use social media in my classroom. I also cannot effectively teach how to appropriately use social media in my classroom.

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