Poore_Using Social Media in the Classroom.jpgUsing Social Media in the Classroom. A best practice guide brings together the information you need to safely, knowledgeably, and creatively integrate social media into your teaching practice. It aims to provide novices with a place to start, those who are unsure with some confidence, and the already-adept with, potentially, a more nuanced and in-depth understanding of all that makes up successful social media use in education.

It covers everything from theory and pedagogy, to everyday practice; it describes the ‘big stuff’ of blogs, wikis, social networks, and podcasting – and how those things can support longer-term classroom projects – and it details the ‘small stuff’ that can give you quick classroom wins, such as instant messaging, clippings, Twitter, mindmapping, and document sharing. But, just as importantly, an entire set of chapters is devoted to discussing the socio-cultural contexts of social media: digital literacy, ‘digital natives’, digital participation, and the ‘digital divide’ are all explored in relation to you and your students. Finally, matters relating to online risk and in-class practicalities are presented, as a way of helping you through the intricate ground of copyright, privacy and confidentiality, Terms of Service, content distribution, bandwidth quotas, backups, data control and security, and more.

In having an understanding of the internet that encompasses educational theory, pedagogy, and practice, and in understanding the dynamic social, legal, and policy contexts that concomitantly govern our use of social media, we gain a much deeper and richer appreciation of how digital technology influences our lives.

Analysis of important, contemporary topics is also included, covering:
  • Digital literacy and new modes of learning
  • Digital participation and overcoming the ‘digital divide’
  • Cyberbullying and understanding risk online

This is crucial reading for all students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education courses, and practising teachers seeking to improve their understanding of using social media for teaching in informed and appropriate ways.

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Table of Contents

The Table of Contents for Using Social Media in the Classroom is reflected in the menu at left:

Part 1. Getting started: The essentials
1. Social media and education
2. Sound educational design using social media
3. Common aspects of social media functions and practice

Part 2. The 'big four'
4. Blogs
5. Wikis
6. Social networks
7. Podcasting, music, and audio

Part 3. Enriching your practice
8. Visual media
9. Instant messaging, chat, Skype, and Twitter
10. Bookmarking, clippings, mindmapping, and polls
11. Educational games and mobile learning
12. Productivity tools

Part 4. Social contexts
13. 'Digital natives', new learning, and digital literacy
14. The digital divide and digital participation
15. Cyberbullying
16. Understanding risk online
17. Practical and in-class considerations