Social Media & Education – eBook Volume I
Social Media & Education Volume I shows and explains all major social media platforms and provides you with hands on advice and best practice examples.
It is completely free of charge and you can download it for just a single tweet or facebook update. I hope you’ll enjoy it and it provides you with some useful insights and ideas. If so, feel free to share it with your friends and colleagues.
Short intro taken from the eBook:
Social Media & Education
Social Media & Education do, despite many doubts, fit perfectly together. As mentioned above, Social Media is THE space where young people like to hang out and spend their time anyways. It’s the modern days shopping mall (well many students actually spend their time on social networks while they are in actual shopping malls – so it’s more the shopping mall to go). What we have to understand is that Social Media does not always happen at home in front of an old-school PC but more often on the mobile phone (e.g. iPhone), tablet (e.g. iPad) or notebook. Furthermore, if students sit at home in front of their PC, they are not very likely to read through endless electronic books (like you do right now), posts or publications using them like school books. Why not? It is boring and distraction is just one click away. When you went to school and read a school book at home when your friend kicked the football against your door – what did you do? Staying at home or going out playing some ball? Right!
You then had to study when you came back, your friend was tired or your mom told you to. However, nowadays, friends are never tired. Well, they are actually, but there is always a friend who just woke up and isn’t tired. The world wide web connects everyone. You – and students, are never alone and therefore distraction is always around the corner – there is ALWAYS a boy with a football waiting to play and to keep students away from studying.
While this fact gets many teacher and parents on the page of forbidding social media use that is, of course, not the solution. What did you do when your parents told you not to go out and play ball while they were away? Exactly, you played! So now imagine what students do when you try to forbid them using social media and the internet? And with mobile phones and internet cafes everywhere they wouldn’t even have to sneak out or work hard for it – social media access is everywhere!
So let’s try to find another approach. Instead of fighting we, teachers, should try to make learning and studying fun and interesting while using social media. Obviously most subjects can not compare with youtube videos or online games but, if we put a little effort in it, we might be able to gain students attention long enough to teach some important messages, make them understand the importance of studying different subjects and even get them started to like what they are doing / learning.
Social Media & Education, Teachers & Students – It’s not supposed to be a fight, it’s supposed to be a friendly, fun and interactive relationship.
During the following chapters you will find explanations of the most common social media sites and how to use them for teaching purposes as well as some hands on examples right out of my classrooms. I hope you’ll enjoy the ride, try it yourself and let me know what you did, how you did it and what your outcome finally was.
Happy social teaching!
Social Media & Education Vol. I – Table of Contents: