Using Social Media for Transformative Teaching & Learning

with Alec Couros and George Couros

A series of three webinars:
DAY 1
Oct 28, 2010 Click here to playback this webinar.
Table of Contents/Conversation Guide Social Media Day 1.docx
DAY 2
Nov 04, 2010 Click here to playback this webinar.
Table of Contents/Conversation Guide Social Media Day 2.docx
DAY 3
Nov 18, 2010 Click here to playback this webinar.
Table of Contents/Conversation Guide Social Media Day 3.docx

ABOUT THIS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY
Social networking services often get a bad rap as 'time-wasters' or tools that kids use inappropriately. Yet in reality, there are many social networks built upon passion, kindness, transparency, sharing, and collaboration. This three session webinar series will guide you through a thoughtful exploration of these powerful human networks as they apply to educators. In this webinar series, you will:
  • learn how distributed teacher networks are transforming practice in many classrooms.
  • experience the most commonly used free tools and resources to build and communicate within these networks.
  • engage in important first steps for building personal learning networks.

And, most importantly, you will see how the future of professional development will be anytime, anywhere and always at your fingertips.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR(S)
3038940741_53a7426654_o.jpgDr. Alec Couros is an Associate Professor of educational technology & media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, social/networked learning, instructional design, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use and take advantage of the educational potential offered by the tools of connectivity. You can learn more about Alec at http://couros.ca.


george.jpgGeorge Couros is a Principal in Stony Plain, AB with a K-6 school that also houses a K-12 program to serve students with differentiated needs. He is a motivational workshop presenter in areas of successful technology integration in the classroom including the use of social media and digital citizenship. He has also several years as a technology integration coordinator for several schools and has used the power of Professional Learning Networks to not only connect with the three sites he oversees in different areas, but to also help connect his own teaching to other passionate educators around the world. You can learn more about George on his own professional blogfolio located at http://georgecouros.ca.



First Week Outline

  1. Introductions
  2. What is a PLN? Why does it *this* matter?
  3. Participant Expectations?
  4. Commonly Used Tools
  5. Next Steps (Homework)

Slidedeck:


Homework:

A. Read or view any or all of the following:
  1. Sharing: The Moral Imperative by Dean Shareski.
  2. We Can't Let Educators Off the Hook by Scott McLeod.
  3. Eight Reasons An Innovative Educator Uses Twitter by Lisa Nielsen.
  4. The Case for Social Media in Schools by Sarah Kessler.
  5. Ten Reasons For Social Media in Schools from Clean Apple.



B. Contribute 1-2 posts (no matter the length) to this website. You will be emailed the instructions on how to use the site. Below are some writing prompts
  • Reflect on posts that you have read.
  • Ask questions about what you want to learn.
  • Discuss anything related to social media, learning networks, digital citizenship, and technology as these relate to education.

C. Tweet 10 minutes a day. Ensure that you use the hashtag #erlcsm in some cases when asking questions.
Email if you have any questions :)

Second Week Outline

  1. Welcome
  2. Discussion: What did you learn? Will this make a difference? What would you like to learn next?
  3. Some of the tools we use to benefit our learning and connect.
  4. Group resource development.
  5. Homework for week 2 and 3.

Homework (Week 2 and 3):

A. Read or view any or all of the following:
  1. 21st Century Education in New Brunswick, Canada
  2. 12 Videos to Spark Educators' Thinking
  3. 85 Resources: Educator Guide for Integrating Social Media
  4. 90+ Videos for Tech & Media Literacy

B. Contribute 1-2 posts a week (no matter the length) to this website. Start discussing the impact as developed by students.
  • Reflect on posts that you have read.
  • Ask questions about what you want to learn,
  • Start discussing how you can see this impact student learning.
  • Tip: Leave your name at the bottom of each post.

C. Tweet 10-15 minutes a day. Ensure that you use the hashtag #erlcsm in some cases when asking questions. We want to move from "lurker" to "contributor". Start sharing articles that you are reading or Retweet (RT) other work. You should have a minimum of 2-4 tweets a day.

D. It is essential that you start following others. Use this list of educators to follow using Twitter. Ensure that you are following 100-200 people. You will see that as you follow educators, that your own "following" will also grow.

E. Add 2-3 of some of the following tools to your kit.
  1. Tweetdeck (For Twitter Use)
  2. Diigo (Social Bookmarking)
  3. Google Reader (From the Google Apps suite). Here are educational blogs and/or educational leadership blogs you can follow.
  4. bit.ly sidebar (For sharing websites you are viewing)
  5. Wordpress - This will be for starting your own blog.
  6. K12 Wikispaces - Ad-free and easy-to-use wiki service.
  7. Google Docs - Easy to use, online office suite.

F. Group resource development. Edit THIS document.
  1. Favourite Tools
  2. Favourite Articles & Resources
  3. What I Have Learned

Final Week Outline

  1. Introductions
  2. Guest Speakers
  3. Participant Discussion
  4. Digital Identity
  5. Moving forward
  6. Final Thoughts

Resources for the future:
  1. How to Make Better Teachers - Dean Shareski
  2. Tools to become a tech savvy educator - Eric Sheninger
  3. Every Principal Needs a Blog - Patrick Larkin
  4. Educational Blogs (Bundle)
  5. Educational Leadership (Bundle)
  6. Controlling your Digital Identity - The Innovative Educator
  7. Delicious Bookmarks on Identity - Alec Couros
  8. Educational Blogs (wiki) - from CASTLE

Additional Resources
Twitter Hashtag: #erlcsm

Twitter List: http://twitter.com/#!/list/gcouros/erlc-social-media
Shared Blog: http://erlcsm.posterous.com