Social Network Learning Final Reflection

Sharing final thoughts on a course always feels slightly overwhelming as I always fear I will forget a key component. Social network learning has been an amazing experience that brought me far more new experience than I ever expected. For this final posting I have been asked to share what I learned and what I plan to apply to my professional practice.

What I have learned from social network learning is that there is a side to social networking that is not often talked about and is being missed out on by a lot of people. The most impactful activity for me was when we were asked to participate in four webinars and four Twitter chats. This activity not only opened me up to a whole new type of professional development, but they taught me so much about the Google Suite and allowed me to make connections with other teachers that can continue to be a valuable resource. Participating in the webinars and Twitter chats also showed me how powerful a quality PLN can be in expanding my professional knowledge. These are both resources I will be continuing to use in the future. I not only gained valuable knowledge about ways to use webinars and Twitter for professional development, but the content within the webinars and chats will be invaluable as I begin a new teaching position as an elementary technology teacher.

I touched on how I found webinars and Twitter chats to be valuable tools in expanding my PLN, but I also learned a lot in how to be more purposeful in creating and utilizing my PLN. Before this class, if you had told me that I should consider myself a brand I would have thought you were crazy. Now, I understand what it means to create my brand and use that brand to advance my professional career.

Curation reminded me a lot of writing annotated bibliographies in past classes, but also showed me a new way to gather information to create resources for my students in new ways. Curation also provides me with an easy way to continue expanding on a topic and also creating subtopics to create truly comprehensive resources that are shared in real time. Curation can be used for broad topics or very specific ones. They can be become whatever I need them to be. Curation will also be a tool I plan to use in the future.

Another very interesting activity was finding ways to use social media as a learning strategy. There are so many great resources out there that show ways that social media have been effectively used in instruction. Teachers are always looking for new ways to engage students and social media offers a variety of ways to not only engage students. There are also a wide variety of tools so teachers in any type of classroom can utilize social media in their lessons.

Overall, this has been one of the most impactful classes I have taken as part of the M.E.T. program and I look forward to continuing many of the practices to be become more proficient in their use. This concludes my final reflection for this course. All of my blog posts for this course have been thorough and have met the requirements for this course. I feel I should receive seventy-five out of seventy-five points.

Social Media Guidelines

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Social media guidelines are still relatively new to most schools and school districts. I was able to find a lot of great resources and they were typically along the same lines. I was please to find that the new school district I am starting at in the fall has a fairly detailed social media policy which acknowledges that social media is used by most of its students and that it is important to recognize that social media is going to continue being a primary means of communications for its students.

In many ways social media rules and guidelines are a lot like the social norms that follow face to face interaction and safety with the added caveat that you are interacting via an electronic device. Many times problems arise when people either don’t think of their interactions in this way or when they purposely do things online that they know couldn’t get away with in person. Treating others with the same decency and respect you would in person is the key to positive online interactions. My social media guidelines outline how to do this in addition to including the steps individuals need to take to keep themselves and their information safe when using social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, or any other social media platform. Teaching these guidelines will allow students to become good digital citizens, which is of utmost importance as more and more of people’s interactions take place through cell phones, tablets, laptops, and other devices. To help students, teachers, staff, parents, and community members better understand these guidelines, I have created a form where they can answer and ask questions regarding the guidelines I have outlined. Below are the social media rules I have outlined followed by the Google Form I created to get feedback.

1. Make sure the online you looks the same as the real life you.

2. Consider your audience when posting online.

3. Protect yourself online. (Passwords, personal info, etc.)

4. Take cyberbullying seriously. Report it when you see and never participate in it.

5. The internet is forever, if you don’t want it to be seen, don’t post it.

6. Be respectful to other’s posts, even if you don’t agree with them.

7. Use Think strategy:
a. Is it True?
b. Is it helpful?
c. Is it Inspiring?
d. Is it necessary?
e. Is it kind?

8. Respect copyright rules when posting pictures.

9. Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you. (The Golden Rule)

10. Communicate effectively: Body language, tone of voice, and facial expressions do not exist online.

11. Reply with thought, not emotion.

12. Keep our privacy settings up to date.

Social Media Feedback Form

References

greyweed. (2012). SMM-Jigsaw-Banner [Photo]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/21986855@N07/7607705630/

Hoyt, E. (n.d.). Social media guidelines for students. Retrieved from https://www.fastweb.com/student-life/articles/social-media-guidelines-for-students

Larson, E. (n.d.). The teacher’s guide to social media. Retrieved from http://mashable.com/2013/07/29/teachers-social-media/

Magid, L., & Gallagher, K. (2015, August 17). The educator’s guide to social media. Retrieved from http://www.connectsafely.org/eduguide/

Rachel. (2016, March 29). 10 Social media rules for teachers – The ABCTE blog. Retrieved from https://www.americanboard.org/blog/?p=249

Social media/network guidelines for students. (n.d.). Retrieved July 17, 2017, from http://www.clsd.k12.pa.us/Staff.cfm?subpage=624705

Social Media in Learning

For this assignment we were asked to curate a 10-15 resources list showing how social media has been implemented within our content area. This proved to be a challenging topic to curate due to the requirement that the resources could not include resources that just showed lists or simply ideas for implementing social media. I was up for the challenge though and I found some great ways that teachers have implemented social media into the math classroom.

When students think of math class, they typically think of solving endless problems in isolation or maybe occasionally in small groups. They may also think of a teacher standing at the whiteboard going over problem after problem. The examples I found show that math class does not have to be this way. Some of the best things I found are how social media was used to connect math to the real world and get students talking to each other about the content they were working on. Discussion in math is a powerful tool to allow students to share their thinking and work through parts of the concept they may be having difficulties with. Using social media this way also gives the students a chance to act as the teacher to their fellow students. One of the resources I found used social media to help students understand the vocabulary of math through the use blogging. Vocabulary is one of the area that is least focused on in math classes, but is also one of the most important things for students to understand.

It’s good to see successful ways social media has been implemented as you not only see what was done, but you can also find out obstacles that other teachers had and how they overcame them. This gives you a better idea about how you can use social media in your own lessons in an effective way. There are a lot of additional ideas available through a variety of sites that can be used to supplement the resources contained in my curation. The main benefits of using social media is that it allows you to create an environment that students are familiar with where they can share, chat, and work collaboratively while learning. The teachers in the resources I found leveraged the engaging aspects of social media to help students learn math content. Many of the teachers utilized popular social media sites like, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, but some of the teachers utilized less popular sites and software that they had access to in their schools. I think it’s important to remember this as using some social media sites can be intimidating to teachers. Utilizing existing software that teachers are more familiar with can allow them to get started and experiment before moving to more popular sites. The thing I think is most important to keep in mind is how social media connects your students and engages them in the content you are working on.

Below is a link to my curation:

http://www.pearltrees.com/scottfledderjohann/social-media-math-instruction/id17970500#l086

PLE Diagram and Reflection

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Life is a highway as it’s been often said. Throughout my life I have lived in Ohio, Florida, Idaho, and Georgia. Every time I moved from one state to another I had to drive, so I’ve spent a lot of time o highways traveling to a new chapter in my life which has shaped my life by the experiences I’ve had and the people I have met. My PLE is much like my travels through life. The resources I choose to use, the communities I join, and the people I connect with all help shape and expand my professional knowledge.
My PLE diagram is represented by a circular highway with exit ramps to each of the areas that make up my PLE as well as on ramps to get back on the highway to go to a different component of the PLE. There are also short cuts to get across the highway faster and to better connection each area of the PLE . I feel that having a well connected PLE is important to ensure that it is as effective as it can be. In the create section I have a couple of resources that help me to share my ideas and receive comments and feedback. In the collaborate section I have tools that allow me to work with other educators to share ideas and work on projects. Moving around the highway further we come to communication. These are all the resources that allow me to communicate with other educators. If you will notice, there are a couple of resources that were in the collaborate area. I think it’s important to recognize the different uses that any tool can be put to. Twitter and Skype both allow for communication and collaboration. This area also includes the learning communities where I can share information and discuss topics and issues that are important to me in education. Lastly I have the collect are, which is where I gather resources and information. These tools make collection of information easy and also allow me to create my own collections in areas that I focused on. Just as life has taken me many places, my PLE will do the same thing. How I use my tools and resources will shape my professional experiences and create my professional identity.

Comparative analysis

Lindsay Hoyt: Lindsay had three of the same categories as I did on my diagram, but she also included reflect and curate in her representation. Some of the resources included on her representation I am unfamiliar with, which I think I need to remedy as they may be resources I would like to use. I found it interesting that Diigo was included in the curation section. I had not thought of this tool as a curation tool, but I definitely so how it can be used for that.

Katelyn Griffin: Kaelyn and I have similar content in our PLE diagrams in that we have collect, create, and connect. Katelyn chose share instead of collaboration for her diagram, but in many ways I view that as similar to collaborate. We have similar resources in the areas that we have in common and just as was the case with Lindsay’s diagram, there are symbols I am unfamiliar with in Katelyn’s diagram.

Ariana Pyburn: Ariana and I have the same categories in our diagrams. I included some additional resources in my collaborate section. Ariana has an additional resource in her collect section that I do not have. I need to ask her what that is. This was one of the reasons I wrote the names of my resources on my diagram instead of the symbols (also I’m not a very good artist). I agree with the placement of all of the tools as they are where I would expect them to be.

Kathleen Johnson: The first thing I noticed right away is the inclusion of publishing as one of the categories, which I really like. I don’t recognize the symbols on the publishing category so I will need to find out what those are, but I feel like this gives a more professional feel to the PLE. The connecting section on both of our diagrams and all three of her resources are included in my connecting section.

Natalie Burr: Natalie’s PLE diagram contains three out of four of the same categories as my PLE diagram. The fourth category is different as Natalie included curate and I included collect, which really are very similar. After additional thought, curate may be a better choice as it indicates collecting and sharing information. Once again I see resources listed that I am not familiar with, which I love as it gives me another opportunity to possibly expand my resources. I love that you included SeeSaw in the collaborate section as it’s such a great app.

Kayden Tague: Kayden includes two of the same categories I included in my PLE diagram and two different categories. She included curate and share, while I included collect and collaborate. I found the inclusion of the camera for the create section interesting. Everybody who has a cell phone or tablet has one, but I think I sometimes take for granted how useful a tool it can be. Many of the tools Kayden did include are similar to mine, such as, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Diigo, and Pinterest.

Real Time and Live Virtual Professional Development

For this assignment we were asked to attend and participate in four webinars and four live Twitter chats to gain a better understanding of how these tools can be used for professional development. Below are the summaries and images for each of the webinars and chats I participated in.

Webinars

1. Just finished a webinar with Jayme Linton called “Make Google Forms Work for You”. This was a great webinar on using Google Forms. It was helpful whether you are a new user or an experienced user. I especially loved the information about using a Google Form to set up quizzes. I found out I have been doing it all wrong for so long. I will be updating a lot of my existing forms to work better for me. I participated in the backchannel chat sharing some of the ways I have used Google Forms and reacted the information being provided in the webinar.

2. Session #6 Using Google Docs and More for Differentiated, Collaborative Reading Presented by: Nikki D Robertson was an amazing presentation of many different tools to use for both reading and writing. I think my brain may explode from the amount of information provided. Nikki went over not only Google Docs, but Google Slides as well and how to use different extensions that can help you differentiate your instruction. My favorite idea was using the comments on a Google Doc to provide links to tutorials and videos rather than simply telling a student what to fix. Nikki also provided a lot of great ideas for collaborative projects that student can work on using Google Slides and Docs. I participated in the backchannel chat by sharing resources and talking about ways that different features could be used.

3. Session #5 called 10 Google Search Tips to Help You Find the Info You Need Presented by: Paula Naugle was very informative in providing tools for using Google Search. Never before did I know you can find out whether the image you are looking to use is available for reuse. Did you know that you can search for information within a site through your google search? Did you know you can search different domains? There are so many ways to more effectively search it is amazing. I participated in the backchannel chat for this webinar by asking and answering questions about the information being provided in the webinar.

4. Session #4 called Amazing Digital Projects for All Students with Google Tools with Matt Bergman was amazing. I had no idea there were so many great tools available for integrating images into what you are doing. One of the coolest features I learned about was the historic view in Google maps which allows you to view images of a location at different times in the past. How cool is it that you can go to the site of an important event and see how it has changed over time. I was also surprised at the statistics on student’s retention when images are used versus when they are not used.

Twitter Chats

1. We had such an amazing Twitter chat tonight at #engagechat about perseverance. There were a lot of great discussion points about what it means, how to create it, and the impact it can have in the classroom. We talked about what perseverance means to us, which I commented that it means you keep going and having a growth mindset is so important to perseverance. We also discussed how perseverance can build confidence. I talked about how once you’ve climbed a mountain once, you will believe you can do it again and again. There was so much positive discussion, it was very uplifting. The best part of the discussion I my opinion was when we were discussing how to build a culture of perseverance. There as a lot of discussion about different strategies people used to model perseverance. This often boiled down to teachers modeling and discussing the behavior with students. This was a great chat and I encourage others to check it out in the future.

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2. I think tonights chat at #recapchat was by far the best Twitter chat I have experienced. It was amazing!!! Tonights discussion was surrounded around student voice. Questions included: What does student voice mean to you? How can promoting student voice impact your class/school/local community? What are some non-tech ways we can encourage our students to get their voice heard? Are there specific tech tools you use to leverage student voice? Can promoting questioning and inquiry boost student voice? What might student voice look like for different types of learners? What are some ways that you currently promote student voice? Why is it important to focus on student voice in education? The discussion was extremely positive and everyone was in agreement about how important it is to promote student voice in the classroom. The most common strategy was giving students a choice in how they learn content and in how they express that learning. From using choice boards to using different tech tools to allow students to choose how they express their learning there were a ton of great suggestions. I participated in this chat by recommending resources to promote student voice in addition to talking about the use of portfolios and other strategies to promote student voice.

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3. I participated in my first Twitter chat at #ARVRinEDU tonight about augmented and virtual reality in education and it was quite informative as well as kind of overwhelming. I felt like I was in a pace car trying to race in the Indianapolis 500. Tonight’s chat focused on getting up and running in AR and VR and how to collaborate. Things were flying so fast so it was hard to participate so I focused more on gathering resources. Many different resources were shared and I have listed those below. The main idea from this chat was that AR and VR is still very new and it’s a struggle to get people to try it out and see the potential that it has in the classroom. Many member of the chat indicated they are continuously looking for new way to integrate it into the class to show how effective it can be.
http://www.edtechnocation.com/gafe/googlecardboardedu
http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/googlecardboard
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4. For my second Twitter chat I joined in #WeirdEd. This chat was a blast, though not necessarily directly education related. Tonight’s chat was a series of questions related to decompressing over the summer, which is very important. We discussed movies and books primarily. I really enjoyed this chat as I got to meet some energetic users that I decided to follow and I feel this will help build my PLN even as I was able to make personal connections with other educators who I am now following on my Twitter account as well as gaining some new followers myself. I put this into the investing in the future category of networking. Sometimes I think the best connections you make don’t start out on the education side. I will of course make sure I don’t have any more chats like this as that is not the main focus of our assignment. I participated by recommending books and engaging with members of the chat as the topics progressed. As I said before, I focused on making connections to expand my network.

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Overall, the webinars and Twitter chats were an amazing experience which I plan on continuing to participate. Of all the professional development I have ever participated in I would say that the webinars and Twitter chats have been the most effective. There was so much information and ideas being shared. Everyone was excited to be there, which is not often the case in professional development offered by school administration. I also love that I can go back into the webinar or chat and retrieve information later or even contact the person who shared info and have a discussion with them. Lastly, I love how you can participate I so many different types of discussions in one day, which isn’t possible when you have to travel to in person training.

Criteria to Assess Effective Curation

For this week’s assignment we were asked to work with our PLN group to create a checklist of fifteen to twenty criteria that will serve as a tool for assessing the quality and value of an education related curated topic. In order to complete this assignment it was necessary to use many of the steps contained within the checklist we were creating.

In the research section of our checklist we determine that it is important that sources are diverse, reliable, up to date, and contain sources that are cited. These are basics you would expect in any professional writing and help build trust when people are looking at your curation. Imagine if somebody pulls up your information and sees that everything you have included is twenty years old and unsourced. Education has changed a lot in the last twenty years, which means your information is not very useful to current educators. I think it is important for these items to be included if you want your curations to be taken serious regardless of the topic. This will also help build your credibility within the professional community. I think if you are going to create curations, you need to make sure you are fully committed to their creation or it may be difficult to gain followers and to be considered a source of quality information.

Our next section was directed towards the accessibility of your curation to other people. I especially liked how we included whether the curation is a benefit or of value to other people. If you don’t make your curation easily available to other people, why are you making it at all? Using a quality tool that is user friendly is one of the most important first steps. Choosing the appropriate tool can also impact the impact your curation has.

Lastly we covered the presentation of our curation which I like to think of as the visual appeal of the curation. The curation should be organized with categories, sub categories, and brief commentary. People don’t want to have to read everything in order to figure out if the information is what they are looking for. Organized chaos may work in your own personal life, but it has no place in a curation. Users want to find the information they are looking for quickly and easily.

In the end a quality online curation is the same as a museum display or an art show in a gallery. Your online curation needs to grab the attention of your intended audience and guide them through the information you are presenting. The summaries and commentary should be short and to the point so the reader knows whether they want to dig deeper. If users continually see you are providing quality work they will keep coming back for more as they begin to trust you and view you as a source of quality information and ideas.