Let's face it, kids are social and they want to connect! They want to connect with each other, with their teachers, with their school at large. This webinar, led by Jeff Utecht will be a discussion on the use of social-networking tools with student bodies to engage them in learning, foster school spirit, and just have fun! We take a look at how some schools are using social-networks to communicate with students as well as the school community at large. Come with ideas to share, questions on how to get started, and be ready to take a look at social-networks through the eyes of kids today.
Jeff Utecht is an international educator, educational technology consultant, and author. Over the past 9 years, Jeff has been teaching at International Schools in the Middle East and Asia. From camels and cell phones in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, to the 21st Century city of Shanghai, Jeff’s travels have allowed him to experience technology and globalization through the lens of education. Currently working as the High School Technology and Learning Coordinator for the International School Bangkok, Jeff’s daily interactions with students and teachers keeps him grounded on what is happening in classrooms today and who the students are within those classrooms. Based on his own experiences of using the web to connect with educators around the world, Jeff recently published his first book Reach in which he talks about how educators can create online communities and networks to foster their own professional development. Jeff also has consulted with Web 2.0 companies, educational organizations, and helped to develop an online Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy (coetail.asia) program with SUNY- Buffalo State. Jeff’s passion for education, learning, and travel give him a unique voice in the conversation of education. To learn more about Jeff visit his website at jeffutecht.com
Attached is a copy of Jeff's webinar presentation.
Jeff is amazing and should be an excellent person to have this discussion with. I hope our community can help develop ideas to motivate change in district IT policies. My district has blocked each of these social networks for everyone ... students and teachers. It would be nice to have something sharable with IT leaders on why these policies are outdated and not in the best interest of education.
I am looking for suggestions on what should be included in such an IT policy change.
We know that we live in open Walls class room that mean there is no preventive between Studant and Outside world. Teacher Should be social and this Idea was Discussed with my University professor when i study Higher Diploma "ICT" to activate Facebook as a means to share with students.
As you continue to explore social networks - continue to share how you use them with your students. I know a few people were going to create fan pages on facebook as a means to share with students.
we look forward to hearing how you are using social networking in the classroom
If those sites are blocked within your school district, you may want to see if they are interested in purchasing MyBigCampus http://www.mybigcampus.com/, it is based on a facebook look and feel. William Floyd School District on Long Island is just starting to introduce it. Pretty cool!
I watched this webinar and started a facebook page for my school library https://www.facebook.com/smamslibrary . I didn't publicize for students to join but if they found the page then that was great. I have had the site up since August and I have more parents then students like my page. I post at home since FB is blocked but I was a little nervous when our district tech coordinator liked the page early on. He commented in a presentation on digital citizenship that the page was a great model of how to create a social community...yeah! I am so thankful I watched this webinar because I never would have started my page without the feedback from Jeff on his experiences. I shared my page with other librarians across the state at a presentation and many have now created their library pages. Thanks for bringing this topic to the community! Does anyone else have a facebook page for their classroom and what are your experiences?
I was watching this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLw8L8V6Clw&feature=share and thought about this webinar. The slide that got me was the one that said it isn't if we are using social media with our students but how well we are using it. Are you using any type of social media with students? Share your story. If this is a new concept for you then check out the archived webinar link in the original post.
I wish I could say I was using Social Media tools (either well or poorly) with my students. My district, however, implemented a VERY strict policy on social media tools. The basic concept of this policy is "NO Social Media" between teachers and students.
I would appreciate any suggestions on policies used in other schools and districts. These suggestions can be used to promote change in policy (I hope.)
We are limited too Glen but we use Edmodo school wide. The teachers are using it instead of keeping a teacher webpage so all homework and class activities are posted. The parents are connected to the site through their student so it is a win win. I saw that Google announced the You Tube for Schools http://www.youtube.com/schools?feature=inp-bl-paq YouTube for Schools is a setting that must be enabled using your school's Google Account, not your personal Google Account. I wonder how many districts will pick up on using this site since YouTube is sometimes restricted in the classrooms?
I am so glad that my students are allowed to utilize social networking sites at school and/or home. I also love when my parents are involved which we all know as educators can be difficult. One site, in particular, that I found to be a great tool for my students, parents and colleagues, is Edmodo.com. Is is very similar to facebook, where we can communicate with one another in real time. Check out the site; you will not be disappointed.