5 Tips for Using Social Media in Your K12 Classes
Mar 30, 2012 E-Learning/CALL 2216 Views
More and more teachers are using social media to connect, interact, and engage with the students in real-time. Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and such similar ones provide an engaging way to learning.
In this post, we will take a look at using social media networks and micro-blogging platforms to enhance and encourage learning at the highest level.
Frontloading is a popular medium of imparting education in K12 classes. You can use frontloading to discuss with the students about a lesson beforehand to facilitate understanding of the same. Hence, when students come for the class next day, they are well prepared to answer your questions.
Social media works great for frontloading. For example, you can use the social media network to upload your English class lesson video on YouTube. After viewing the recording, students can easily engage in real-time discussion with you to get familiar with the subject matter.
Twitter, the premier micro-blogging site can be used to communicate significant class-related information in 140 characters or less. Micro-blogging acts as an excellent learning platform to encourage valuable inputs and thoughts regarding a particular subject or class. Educational organizations can also introduce TodaysMeet, a free and easy-to-use micro-blogging website in classrooms to start interacting with the learners.
Many teachers are incorporating back-channeling in their classroom. This allows students to discuss or share learning information on Facebook or Twitter while the K12 class is running. In other words, students can write about the lessons on Twitter and Facebook that will gradually be shown on a big screen for the entire class to view the same. The instructor then takes his/her own turn to respond to the questions raised in the backchannel every now and then. Back-channeling, therefore, creates an excitement among students to reply to questions and find out other students' comments.
Role playing combined with social media can be an extremely fun-filled and wonderful experience for students. Role playing creates brilliant learning opportunities and is super simple to manage. Teachers assign a role to each learner from suppose a novel or a short story and they are said to enact the respective roles to make the learning experience great fun.
Facebook Fan Pages
Educational organizations can tell their teachers to introduce Facebook in classrooms. It will help students to easily create Facebook fan pages on any topic of their choice and interest. For example, a history teacher can create a "Declaration of US Independence in 1776" fan page. Students can post their notes and share the results of their work with the entire class.