Web 2.0 gives us countless ways to reach out to students different learning modalities in traditional, as well as, online classrooms, let's share our secrets and success!
Right now I am loving Twitter, a microblog, social networking site, join me and let's "tweet!"
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I have recently used wikis for the first time. I actually think that these are very useful in the classroom, simply because they do not require much skill on either the teacher or student's part. They are really very bare-bones, but they're free and they get teachers and students talking online.
I don't use any social networking web sites. I'm not convinced that they can be helpful in teaching. Yes, they're great for keeping in touch with students, but as far as instruction, I'm not sure.
I had a class on new media and we used a wiki-page which was just for class viewing, but it had links to a general wikipage with class concepts, links and so on; as well as the blog page (WebCT/Blackboard - similar). Also, within those pages, each student had a profile, much like facebook or twitter, so they were able to send individual messages as well as blog posts for the entire class. It was extremely helpful.
I use Facebook and blogs as well as a chatroom on my teacher website for student/teacher conversations and book talks. It really helps to get the students motivated to participate on snowdays!
I fear social networking is not going away any time soon. Educators need to embrace this technology, not shut it out. It is amazing how much information can be transmitted in a 140 word post with Twitter. You can also connect your Twitter account to your Facebook account and reach the populations of both with one click. In regards to online education, and I would imagine traditional schools as well. The success of these social tools will be directly linked to the facilitator of these tools. One last thing--Face Book, has a really neat "group," application within it. I have created a group for my digital photography club and one for a history club. Authentic open education has never been so much fun! Try it!
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I wonder when students have time forhomework if they are busy on twitter and facebook, and all of the other social networking sites. I think it is more a time waster than a work producer.
Blogs are also a great way to "keep," students interested, and I like to use them for extra credit as well! What venue do you use for your blog? Is it open for public viewing? If so, feel free to share the link!
My favorite blog site is google. Once you have signed up for a free google site, it is like the gift that just keeps giving! Any easy to use blog, photo, calendar, e-mail, and more!
If interested here is my "work in progress," blog: