Social Media Surfing – a collection of resources

Inspired by the previous lecture in my Digital Competence course, I did some web-surfing on how to use social media in the classroom. And there really is an OCEAN of possibilities. I therefore decided to collect some of the resources I found to perhaps save some of you  from getting lost at sea.. Les meir


The views of the digital natives

The topic for this week’s lectures in my digital competence course is social media. I therefore found this infographic both relevant and interesting as apart of my preparation, since the teens» perspectives of social media should also be taken into account when we as teachers are discussing how we can use (or not use) these medias in our teaching. The infographic is made from a survey performed in America (2012) and showes that more than 90% of teenagers are in some way or another connected to the Internet.

Have a look at the infographic below to learn more about how teens view the pros and cons of social networking.

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How Digitally Enabled Educators are Using Technology

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Survey Results: Today’s Tech-Aware Educators are Focused on Engaging Students, Learning About New Tools, and Enabling Active Learning.

Lena Leirdal«s insight:

Here you can read about the results of an interesting survey addressing educators» attitudes towards educational and instructional technology. What I fund the most interesting was the responses to the question «What ways do you like to use technology to enable teaching and learning?» where 72% answered » to better engage students». I agree, there are many exiting possibilities for that with technology, but I thought it was even more interesting that the option with the lowest score was «to practice reading and writing» (27%). Shouldn’t teachers strive to combine these two aspects? It was also concerning that only 30% responded that technology in the classroom should play a role in preparing students for their future careers. Perhaps this shows that we still have a long way to go from using digital tools as «entertainment» to actually teaching the 21st century literacy skills? Must remember this survey for my masters thesis!

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Reflections and resources: The importance of critical thinking

In a digital world with a constant flow of information, critical thinking is more important than ever. According to Fremmedspråksenteret, the ability to critically reflect upon both information and practices is one of the basic foundations in a digital competence. This is also clearly pointed out by the Department of Education, in for instance in Læringsplakaten, where it is stated that it is the school’s responsibility to stimulate the learner to develop his/her own learning strategies and the ability of critical thinking.

Therefore, when I came across this video and some posters about learning critical thinking I thought it might come in handy, not only for my self, but also for my students and my readers? Les meir

Can stress kill you?

With lots to do in my masters program, as well as English essays  in need of assessment piling up at work, I am feeling a bit stressed. But what else is new? I am always a bit stressed. Even when I might not have a reason to be. So when I came across this video, I was intrigued, and also a bit worried. Can being stressed affect my health? Or worse. Can you actually die from being too stressed?

Watch this to find out!

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Social media behavior in real life?

I am currently in a Twitter mode. Spending lots of time finding new and interesting people to follow, reading funny tweets and keeping myself updated on different topics. Somewhere along the way I suddenly remembered a YouTube clip I saw a while back. A comment on Twitter as a threat to the English language and the way we communicate perhaps?

How would it be if we talk the way we tweet? 

And how about Facebook. What if we starting acting the same way we do in social media in real life?

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#RabbitProofFence #SubstituteBrilliance #Twitter

As a variety of social medias are highly relevant for my 16/17 year olds, I have been scratching my head thinking I should try and use it in the classroom sometime. In a purposeful and educational way obviously, since it it very much exists there already on a daily basis. One of the medias I find particularly interesting is Twitter, which my collegue Lektor Hernesvold has blogged about on different occasions. So when she was substituting for me last week, guess what! She brought it into the classroom for me, and I LOVED IT! After the students had finished watching the film Rabbit Proof Fence she asked them to simply tweet about it (on ITL though, but still), and I could not stop smiling at my students comments. Here are some of my favorites:

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”If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow”

Innovation in education takes time, and there are a lot of new techniques and digital tools that we as teachers should know something about and preferably put into use. We cannot teach in the same way we were taught, because  today’s children were simply born in a different time – as illustrated by the headline quote by John Dewey (picture). So let’s take a trip down memory lane and how far we have come in using technology and digital tools to create successful learners.

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It´s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Something I stumbled across the other day was danah boyd’s (yes, without capital letters, that’s how she writes her name) book It´s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. And this book is as fresh as it gets, it was published March 3rd 2014. She is an ethnographer and a researcher, and she has studied how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives. The brilliant part of this is that she in fact has made her book FREE and available as a PDF. Les meir

Trying out collective writing in the classroom

Yesterday, my students were going to work on Aboriginal Australians and learn more about the history of the Stolen Generation. I find this topic very interesting, so I had a lot of ideas about how I wanted to approach the three lessons at hand. I had found a variety of resources that I could use, but as always, the problem isn´t really to find suggestions for contents in a lesson, but to limit myself and finding out what would be the best approach. I wanted them to read something, do some writing, some oral activities, as well as perhaps listen and practice communication skills. And in addition, try out a digital tool.

The choice landed on using NDLA´s tool for collective writing, and use this approach to working with texts as a starting point.

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