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Using Social Media in Schools for Good (And Not Evil)

How can schools use social media in positive ways? At a panel discussion presented by our colleagues at ideastream’s education department today, Ohio educators grappled with that very question.

Here are some of the highlights.


Using Social Media in Schools for Good (And Not Evil)

How can schools use social media in positive ways? At a panel discussion presented by our colleagues at ideastream’s education department yesterday, Ohio educators grappled with that very question.

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Jan. 15 WVIZ/PBS panel at ideastream’s Cleveland HQ on the positive uses of social media in the school environment.StateImpactOH
Yes! schools need to get on board with the social media that students use. #wvizStacy Hawthorne
Teacher at #wviz social media panel: Schools need to teach right way to use social mediaMolly Bloom
Attendees settled on a hashtag.
Crowd sourced our own back channel for #wviz social media presentation. We are supposed to be writing questions ons notecards. HmmmmStacy Hawthorne
Tip of the day: Understand how your students want to engage with you on social media. Or:
Teacher: kids find it creepy when you follow them on twitter #wvizMolly Bloom
Some schools are wary of setting teachers loose upon the Internets. Maybe they shouldn’t be.
We tend to take a catastrophe approach to social media–always expecting the worst. The worst is such a small % of reality #wvizChristina Hank
We spent more time worrying about what would happen if we unblocked YouTube than we have spent dealing with problems since then #wvizJohn Schinker
One of the big questions was: Does using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other social media actually help students learn?
"is there any evidence that social media improves learning?" silence. #wvizJohn Schinker
@schinker is there any evidence that a pencil improves learning? Social is a tool, not a solution. Tool’s power depends on who wields it.School Technology
@ChristinaHank it dies not necessarily improve test scores, district report cards, or OTES. #wvizJohn Schinker
Low income students test scores rise 30% with smart phone use http://mashable.com/2012/10/15/wireless-reach-students/ #wvizStacy Hawthorne
Social media isn’t just a shiny toy. It can help students learn, some attendees said.
Students can Tweet the actual authors of books they’re reading, and usually get a response. How engaging #wvizChristina Hank
Can use a Google Voice account to set up a dummy phone number to text with students and parents–maintains tchr privacy #wvizChristina Hank
And social media in schools isn’t only about the children.
Flipping the staff meeting. I wonder how many teachers actually do their assigned work? #wvizTodd W.
Building a professional learning network on TwitterThanks for reading SmartBlog on Education’s Friday Feature. We’re here to help educators like you engage, innovate and discuss. This week…
“@MedinaTech: “Twitter Tuesday” an idea where teachers tweet great events in their schools at least one day a week #wviz” like this ideaLaura Sibert
(Principal Rachel Jones @DrJ_cfprincipal does this.)
Kdg weighing items with different scales at the science center!#cfevs http://pic.twitter.com/zuzzdbanRachel Jones
RT @schinker: "kids are way ahead. Who needs to be next? Admin or teachers?" answer: parents. #wvizSchool Technology

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