2016-17 Instructional Development Calendar
Facebook. Twitter. Snapchat. What do these all have in common? These social media networking tools are part of a growing cache that help global audiences communicate and share a variety of content through different types of digital media. These platforms serve to connect us all and make the planet seem a little smaller. A friend or family member across the globe feels like they are right next door. But how do these social networking tools assist in the classroom? How do they help students learn and faculty teach?
Social media tools allow us to collaborate in ways that can bring different innovations to education. How do you start using social media in the classroom?
Through this web page we will explore a different social media tool each month and offer tips and ideas for using them in the classroom. Check back often to read about strategies and resources!
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Social Media Tools
- September 2016: Twitter
Twitter is a microblogging tool and considered one of the most popular social networking tools today. Created by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone & Noah Glass, it was launched in 2006. Users can tweet out photos, videos, links and, and up to 140 characters of text. Twitter has become a medium to share breaking news and personal updates in addition to crowd-source information. To start tweeting create your own account via: http://www.twitter.com
Using Twitter in your Classroom
Tweet out course announcements and reminders. Your students do not need to have a twitter account to view your tweets with announcements and course reminders. In order for students to have access to your tweets, you must first make your twitter account public and then share with your students your twitter username.
Designate a unique course hash tag so students can follow course updates or share their own. To create a hashtag you must use the # symbol followed by a word or phrase with no spaces. Anyone can click on that hashtag and view other tweets that use the same hashtag. The key to using a hashtag is to make it as unique as possible so there’s a higher likelihood that only your class will be using it. You must share your course hashtag so your students know where to find it. Before deciding on a hashtag for your course, search for that hashtag to see if anyone else is using it.
The Twitter Experiment
In 2009 Dr. Monica Rankin, Professor of History at UT-Dallas conducted an experiment focused on using twitter for class discussion. This is an example of one of the earlyfexperiments with using twitter in the classroom. View the video of the experiment here.
Tutorial & Help
If you want to teach your students how to use twitter or you want to get started, there are plenty of tutorial and how-tos. Here’s a helpful list to get started!
- October 2016: Pinterest
Pinterest is a visually oriented web bookmarking and curating tool with social media networking features. Launched in 2010, Pinterest was created by Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp and Paul Sciarra. Users share by ‘pinning’ web content to their own board or a shared board. Pinterest users can follow, like, and comment on other users’ pins. A pin is a visual bookmark. Start pinning by registering at: http://www.pinterest.com
Using Pinterest in your Classroom
Curate articles or web projects as part of a research assignment. Sometimes students need help on getting started on a research assignment. You can create a pin board of sources that can serve as a starting point.
Organize ideas and curate content on a pin board to illustrate concepts. There are different ways to teach or illustrate a concept. Give students a variety of ways for learning a concept by creating a pin board of examples curated from the web.
The Teacher's Guide to Pinterest - from Edudemic.
Get a quick overview of Pinterest and also some examples of how it's used in classrooms across several universities. Click here to read the article.
Tutorial & Help
If you want to teach your students how to use Pinterest or you want to get started, there are plenty of tutorials and help. Here’s a helpful list to get started!
A Guide to Pinterest: https://help.pinterest.com/en/guide/all-about-pinterest
Pinterest Basics: https://help.pinterest.com/en/help-topic/Pinterest%20basics
- November 2016: Facebook
Facebook is a social media networking site used to connect and share with family and friends. Founded in 2004, Facebook was created by Mark Zuckerberg. Users build a personal profile after creating an account with an email. Facebook users share text, image and video updates on their wall. Other users can reply, like, and comment on posts. Create your profile here: http://www.facebook.com
Using Facebook in your Classroom
Create group pages for various course resources. A group page can be a place where students can access study guides, syllabi, and exam reviews. Students can also have discussions regarding course resources or other materials.
Create events for key due dates and exams. You can create events for assignments, exams and projects. Invite students to join the event and they can discuss the assignment on the event group wall and you can also post reminders and updates.
Facebook (for learning). Digital Resources for Teaching (DRT) from Santa Clara University.
An overview and some ideas for how to use Facebook in your classroom. Click here to read the article.
Why This Professor Is Encouraging Facebook Use in His Classroom by Avi Wolfman-Arent.
The Chronicle of Higher Education. Click here to read the article.
Tutorial & Help
If you want to teach your students how to use Facebook or you want to get started, there are plenty of tutorials and help. Here’s a helpful list to get started!
Get Started: https://www.facebook.com/help/467610326601639
Help Page: https://www.facebook.com/help/
- December 2016: Instagram
Instagram is an app that allows users to take digital photos and short videos, apply filters to customize each shot, and then share them on a variety of platforms. Users can comment and like shared photos and videos and follow other Instagram users. Created by Kevin Systrom and Mark Krieger, the app was launched in 2010. To start sharing photos you can create an account: https://www.instagram.com/
Using Instagram in your Classroom
Showcase students’ projects. Create an online showcase of students’ projects. Students can share with their friends and family. Students can also link to your Instagram as part of their online portfolio.
Help with reflection and assessment. Capture each step of students’ long term projects by posting photos of the process to help with reflection and assessment.
Instagram as an Educational Tool for College Students from Stanford's The College Puzzle: A college success blog by Dr. Michael W. Kirst. Click here to view it.
How Colleges and Universities Use Instagram from MIT Connect online. Click here to view it.
How Luck And Intuition Helped to Build Instagram from NPR. Click here to view it.
Tutorial & Help
If you want to teach your students how to use Instagram or you want to get started, there are plenty of tutorials and help. Here’s a helpful list to get started!
Getting started on Instagram: https://help.instagram.com/454502981253053/
Instagram Basics: https://help.instagram.com/324502877648266/
- January 2017: YouTube
YouTube is a free global video-sharing site that can be accessed on smart phones, tablets, or desktop computers, any time, any place, wherever an internet connection is available. Users can create, edit, and share their own videos. Launched in 2005, YouTube was created by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim. You can view videos or start creating your own at: https://www.youtube.com/
Using YouTube in your Classroom
Create a welcome video. Record a welcome video for your course that gives an overview but also shares your passion for your field and background. This will create a more personal experience for your students from the very beginning.
Use video demonstrations. Create short videos to demonstrate math problems, science experiments and concepts. Make them short to keep your students’ attention. Add titles and descriptions for each video so students know the content and can find what they are looking for easily.
How YouTube is Impacting Current and Future College Students by Dr. Josie Ahlquist via LinkedIn. Read it here.
Teaching with YouTube: 197 Digital Channels For Learning from TeachThought Staff. Read it here.
Tutorial & Help
If you want to teach your students how to use YouTube or you want to get started, there are plenty of tutorials and help. Here’s a helpful list to get started!
Getting Started: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9hW1uS6HUfuBPkrzcJNE0z1qzF7paCBn
YouTube Help: https://www.youtube.com/user/YouTubeHelp
- February 2017: Google+
Google+ is a social networking tool that integrates with other Google tools for sharing and creating content. These Google tools can facilitate video conferencing, sharing documents, creating web pages, and organizing contacts. Google+ was launched in 2011. To join Google+ go to: http://plus.google.com
Using Google+ in your Classroom
Set online office hours using Google Hangouts. Interaction isn’t just online discussion boards; you can also hold online office hours. Set some different dates and times and invite students to sign up for a slot. This type of interaction can help students feel supported throughout the semester.
Share course materials through Google+ Communities or Google Drive. Create a Google+ community for your course and share course documents and other materials. You can also create a folder with course materials on Google drive. Make sure to review your sharing settings.
31 Ways to Use G+ in Higher Education – Public. This a presentation detailing 31 ways for using Google+ in higher education. View here.
28 Google+ Ed-Tech Communities for Educators, Instructional Designers and Technologists by Jimmy Daly from EdTechMagazine. View here.
Tutorial & Help
If you want to teach your students how to use Google+ or you want to get started, there are plenty of tutorials and help. Here’s a helpful list to get started!
Google+ Help Center: https://support.google.com/plus/?hl=en#topic=6320376
Explore Google+: https://plus.google.com/about?hl=en
- March 2017: Snapchat
Snapchat is a fun mobile messaging app. Users take a photo or a video and then add a caption, doodle, filter or lens graphic on top and send it as a message to friends on Snapchat. Texts and drawings can also be sent. The snap can be viewed from 1 to 10 seconds before it disappears. Launched in 2011, Snapchat was created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown. Start snapping by creating an account here: http://www.snapchat.com
Using Snapchat in your Classroom
Provide a preview of what is coming up next for class. Record a snap focused on the next class topic. Be creative and fun. Students will look forward to your snaps and your class.
Send reminders for upcoming quizzes and assignments. Share a quiz question as a preview that can serve as a reminder of the upcoming quiz. Share quick reminders for assignment due dates.
5 Ways to Use Snapchat as a Teaching and Learning Tool in Higher Education by Ai Zhang, via LinkedIn. Read it here.
Tutorial & Help
If you want to teach your students how to use snapchat or you want to get started, there are plenty of tutorials and help. Here’s a helpful list to get started!
Getting Started with Snapchat: https://support.snapchat.com/en-US/a/getting-started1
Snapchat Support: https://support.snapchat.com/en-US
- April 2017: Linkedin
LinkedIn is a social media site designed for professional networking. Members network by building a profile of their professional work experience and interact with others by posting updates, sharing articles and inviting other members to connect. Users can also form communities by creating groups. Launched in 2003, LinkedIn was founded by Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly & Jean-Luc Vaillant. Created a LinkedIn account here: http://www.linkedin.com
Using Linkedin in your Classroom
Follow key leaders. Learn about the most current areas of interest or topics in a particular field by following key leaders, and bring these topics into the classroom.
How to Use LinkedIn For Social Learning by Christopher Pappas via eLearning industry. Read it here.
Tutorial & Help
If you want to teach your students how to use LinkedIn or you want to get started, there are plenty of tutorials and help. Here’s a helpful list to get started!
Using LinkedIn - the Basics: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/53724?hc_product=/help/lynda
General LinkedIn Help: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin
- May 2017: Periscope
Periscope is an app that live streams video from a smartphone. The video footage can be accessed through the app itself. Periscope allows for real time interaction with the viewers through its chat feature. Viewers can like videos and also ask questions to the person filming. Developed by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein, Periscope was launched in 2015. Access periscope at: http://www.periscope.tv
Using Periscope in your Classroom
Live stream class. Sometimes not all students can make it to class. Live streaming is an easy option. Your stream can also be saved and viewed later as well.
Bring the world to your students. You can’t always take a group trip to a museum or an archeological location. If you’re on a trip you can create a stream or you can access channels from a variety of sources available on Periscope.
Periscope For eLearning: Is It worth the Bother? by Lesley J. Vos via eLearning Industry. Read it here.
Tutorial & Help
If you want to teach your students how to use periscope or you want to get started, there are plenty of tutorials and help. Here’s a helpful list to get started!
Periscope Help Center: https://help.periscope.tv/
- June 2017: Tumblr
Tumblr is a combination of a social networking site and a microblog. Users share texts, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from a web browser. Tumblr is used to create content and share it with others with similar interests. Users can like, comment, and reshare content. Founded in 2007, tumblr was developed by David Karp. Create a tumblr account at: http://www.tumblr.com
Using Tumblr in your Classroom
Build a course tumblr. Create a course tumblr that includes the syllabus, assignment, course materials and resources. Don’t be afraid to apply all the ways you can share with tumblr other than text, such as photos, video, quotes and links.
Create topic tumblr. Build a tumblr focused on a study topic or theme. The tumblr can serve as a resource for the topic and students can like and comment on the content.
Tutorial & Help
If you want to teach your students how to use tumblr or you want to get started, there are plenty of tutorials and help. Here’s a helpful list to get started!
Tumblr help: https://www.tumblr.com/help
- July 2017: Vine
Vine allows users to record six second long looping videos. Users of the app can follow other users, and like and comment on vines. Vines are recorded through an in-app camera while touching the screen. Users can edit or create stop motion effects. Launched in 2013, vine was founded by Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll. Start creating and sharing here: https://vine.co/
Using Vine in your Classroom
Vine steps. Illustrate each step in a science experiment or procedure. You can create a series of vines to complete a task or experiment.
Fun vines. Create a vine just for laughs. Humor can help bring your class closer as a learning community.
Tutorial & Help
If you want to teach your students how to use vine or you want to get started, there are plenty of tutorials and help. Here’s a helpful list to get started!
Vine help: http://help.vine.co/
- August 2017: Scoop. it!
Scoop.it is a content curation platform that helps users publish collected content. Scoop.it makes it easy to visually share collected web content into different social media platforms. Launched in 2011, Scoop.it was founded by Guillaume Decugis and Marc Rougier. Start scooping at: http://www.scoop.it/
Using Scoop. it! in your Classroom
Collect resources for an assignment. Scoop resources from the web to your wall for your students to explore. The scooped resources can serve as a starting point or the basis for an assignment.
Curate examples of projects to inspire your students. Before getting started on a major project, search the web for examples and create a scoop wall. Use these as examples as inspiration for your students.
Tutorial & Help
If you want to teach your students how to use scoop.it or you want to get started, there are plenty of tutorials and help. Here’s a helpful list to get started!
Scoop.it FAQ & Support: http://feedback.scoop.it/
Contact the Instructional Designer at your campus.