NOTE ABOUT THIS POST: This week I have a repost with a twist. The post below (Issue #1 on this blog) went live on May 31, 2010. At the time, SOCIAL MEDIA was a bit of a new hot topic for the classroom. How to use it? What platforms to use? With whom? When? As you read this 12-year-old post today, it may bring a chuckle or headshake. After each of the bullet points/learning points from 2010, I posted my thoughts from 2022. I’d appreciate your considered reflections as well.
We have come along way—or have we? 😊
Here’s the 2010 post:
I am in Austin, Texas presenting at the NISOD conference. Yesterday I had the good fortune to facilitate an all-day pre-conference institute with Robb Sherfield (author of Cornerstone) and Amy Baldwin (author of The Community College Experience). One of the topics we discussed was how to use social media for motivation and engagement in the classroom. This was (probably) the 6th or 7th time we have worked with this topic in a workshop setting. This morning, I did a solo session titled “The Dot Commies Are Comin’ The Dot Commies Are Here!” Again, this was about social media in the classroom. No matter where in the country we facilitate this workshop, there are a few recurring points:
- 2010: NO matter who your audience may be, when using social media KNOW why you are using it. In other words, don’t use it to be cute. Use it with a purpose. Match your strategy to the goal. This holds true for the classroom or the boardroom.
- 2022 Reflection: How many presentations have you been through that could qualify for death by PowerPoint? Or Dizzy from video and graphics? And then you walk out of the room and say, That was the longest hour of my life! Have you found the message to get lost in the medium—or has the medium enhanced the message?
- 2010: People are interested in SKYPE. The ability to video conference (two people) computer to computer for FREE and with decent quality is attractive. Audio conferencing with more than twenty people at a time is also available. One participant yesterday was excited about the prospect of using this technology to connect with students on various campuses.
- 2022 Reflection: Wow, we have come a ways, haven’t we? How many Zoom meetings have you attended in the last twenty-four months? Or even in the last week? Connecting with students (colleagues and family, too) can be done in so many ways. Have you found this a positive or a challenge?
- 2010: Digital video cameras allow you to develop quick (and high quality) learning objects for students, staff, community groups, and the like.
- 2022 Reflection: My first thought went to the ever-present phone in ever-ready hand to snap whatever, whenever, and for whatever purpose. For the teachers reading this, has this been an enhancement or a distraction? How about outside of the classroom?
- 2010: No matter how good the technology is there are bound to be glitches. Recognize that, accept that, and plan for it. BUT do not avoid social media and technology because there MIGHT be a glitch.
- 2022 Reflection: Glitches exist. Like twelve years ago, it’s part of the process. Have you found faster Internet speeds helpful as well as the increasingly sophisticated platforms?
- 2010: As a teacher it is my responsibility to let my students know this technology exists. They can choose to use it or not…but they need to know it is there. And it is not going away! Which leads to my last point…
- 2022 Reflection: Truth. It did not go away. Do you see a time when social media goes away? See below.
- 2010: As Eric Qualman points out in his book Socialnomics, social media is not a fad. It is not going away. We should do what we can to help shape the discussion about appropriate uses of the technology for teaching and learning. Again, this is important for the classroom and the boardroom.
- 2022 Reflection: Truth (again). Social media has not gone away. Is there a conversation to be had about social media’s presence and influence or does it have a life of its own?
I welcome your thoughts on the best way to use social media to connect in education—and in the corporate and community spheres.
Watch this cool video: “Most Popular Social Media Platforms: 1997-2020.” So many platforms about which I did not know. Which ones have you used? For grins, look at the platforms that pop up in 2004, 2016, and 2018. Have fun.
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