This page consolidates all the checklists, handouts, and planning materials that are found on other pages on the site.

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GENERAL
Checklist for choosing a service
Baseline checklist for helping you choose whether or not a social media service is appropriate for use in your classroom.

Planning your teaching and learning episode
Planning form for designing a teaching and learning episode or task using social media.* Purpose of the episode
  • Outcomes
  • Curriculum
  • Materials needed
  • Topic coverage
  • Assessment
  • Choosing the right tool or service
  • Student issues
  • Teacher issues

Information for students on the use of externally hosted web service providers
Handout to send home to parents or to give to students about what it means when students sign up for a social media service for class. Presented in Word format so that you can edit and customise it to suit your specific classroom context.
  • Signup information (agreements made with the service provider under the Terms of Service)
  • Notes on posting offensive material
  • Information you provide to a service provider (visibility of personal details, details of others)
  • Copyright, intellectual property and privacy (how this is dealt with by the service)
  • Cookies, monitoring, and emails (how to turn them off)
  • Responsibility for school work
  • Teacher's notes

This could be the most important handout you ever use.
BLOGS

Checklist for choosing a blogging service
Specific checklist for helping you choose which blogging service is best for your classroom.
  • Dashboard, posts, tags, rich media
  • Comments and discussion
  • Includes the baseline checklist so you don't need to download two separate checklists.

Blogging plan
Planning form for designing a teaching and learning episode using a blog.
  • Purpose of the blog
  • Pedagogy and outcomes
  • Type of blog
  • Student issues
  • Teacher issues
  • Time commitments
  • Evaluation and assessment

What is a blog?
Blog FAQ handout for students.
  • What is a blog?
  • What is a post?
  • How is a blog organised?
  • What are comments?
  • What are tags and categories?

Writing a blog post
A short 'how-to' guide for students.
  • Choose a catchy title for your post
  • Keep it short
  • Keep it focused
  • Write simply and clearly
  • Break up your text
  • Link to other things
  • Lists are good
  • Express your opinion
  • Put some of yourself into it
  • Think carefully about categories and tags
  • Edit your post

Making a blog comment
A short 'how-to-guide for students.
  • Keep it short
  • Keep it focused
  • Write simply and clearly
  • Express your opinion
  • Put some of yourself into it
  • Edit your comment

WIKIS
Wiki plan
Planning form for designing a teaching and learning episode using a wiki.
  • Purpose of the wiki
  • Pedagogy and outcomes
  • Type of wiki
  • Student issues
  • Teacher issues
  • Time commitments
  • Evaluation and assessment

What is a wiki?
Wiki FAQ handout for students.
  • What is a wiki?
  • What about Wikipedia?
  • How is a wiki organised?
  • Who can contribute to a wiki?
  • What are wikis about?
  • What is the philosophy of a wiki?
  • Should I change other people‚Äôs content?
  • What about errors that appear on a wiki?
  • What if there is disagreement about the content of a wikispace?

Checklist for choosing a wiki service
Specific checklist for helping you choose which wiki service is best for your classroom.
  • Bulk student accounts
  • Edit functions, rich media
  • Page moderation and locking
  • Includes the baseline checklist so you don't need to download two separate checklists.

PODCASTING, MUSIC, AND AUDIO
Podcast release and indemnity -- Example only
Example release and indemnity form. Your legal department should draft something like this for you if you want to interview people for your podcast.

BOOKMARKING

What is social bookmarking?
Social bookmarking FAQ for students.
  • What is social bookmarking?
  • What are tags?
  • What is the difference between bookmarks and favourites?
  • OK, I've saved a site ... now what?
  • Can I group my bookmarks into broader categories or bundles?
  • Can I keep my bookmarks private?
  • How else can I use social bookmarking in my study?

DISCUSSION FORUMS
Although discussion forums aren't explicitly covered in Using Social Media in the Classroom, you are likely to come across them in the classroom context. Here are some handouts for you to use.
What is a discussion forum?
Discussion forum FAQ for students
  • What is a discussion forum?
  • How is a discussion forum initially structured?
  • What are posts?
  • What is a thread?
  • Where will I find a discussion forum on a website?
  • How is a discussion forum different from a blog?

Contributing to a discussion forum
A short 'how-to' guide for students
  • How will the forum be used in my class?
  • How long should my forum post be?
  • How formal should my English be?
  • Can I use paragraphs?
  • Should I mention other members' posts?
  • Can I start my own thread?
  • How should I title my thread?
  • Can I link to other material outside the forum?
  • How much of my opinion should I really express?
  • Should I construct my post in Word first and then copy it into the forum?
  • What if I'm writing a long or complex post? Wouldn't Word be useful, then?
  • Should I make a copy of my post?

RISK
Risk analysis example
This handout is based on one of my own risk analyses. You should modify and adapt it to suit your own context.

Information for students on the use of externally hosted web service providers
Handout to send home to parents or to give to students about what it means when students sign up for a social media service for class. Presented in Word format so that you can edit and customise it to suit your specific classroom context.
  • Signup information (agreements made with the service provider under the Terms of Service)
  • Notes on posting offensive material
  • Information you provide to a service provider (visibility of personal details, details of others)
  • Copyright, intellectual property and privacy (how this is dealt with by the service)
  • Cookies, monitoring, and emails (how to turn them off)
  • Responsibility for school work
  • Teacher's notes

This could be the most important handout you ever use. So important, I've included it twice :)