Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Social Media in the Classroom: 3 Tricks to Make Learning "Sweet"

Our students are surrounded by social media and many of them have never known life without it. Instead of looking at social media as a distraction, why not use it to your advantage. Here are some of my suggestions:

1.  Do Now or Exit Slip: Create a tweet in the point of view of one of the characters below. Be sure to get creative with your username. (sometimes I use post- its for this activity)
a.    Depending on what grade level you are teaching, students might get stuck, so provide them with a model of a person you have studied in the last chapter or section. Students might ask if they can “tweet” other characters you have listed on the board. This when you start to see advanced level thinking. Encourage students to use hash tags, if you are unsure what that means, create a twitter account and learn.

2.   Project or Homework Assignment: Use the template provided to construct a Facebook Profile or Instagram Profile on the philosopher of your choice. You must include: 3-4 status updates, photos, and short biography.
a.    There are Facebook/ Instagram templates available for free online. You can upload the template to your site (Edmodo). The students can either submit them digitally or print them out. Be sure to show students examples of a Facebook/Instagram profiles either that you create or have found online.

3.  Study Guide or Homework Assignment: Upload a Blog post using the terms and names provide to create a cheat sheet for an upcoming test.
a.    Edublogs (Edublogs.orgis a free site you can use with your students or you can provide a digital/paper copy of a blog. Math teachers can use this idea to have students explain and use certain formulas as mathematicians. When students complete the assignment they can swap blogs with other students and “check” each other’s work. Another great idea is for students to use their “cheat sheet blog” to participate in a Review Game the day before a test or quiz.

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