Right now there is a conversation that is going on in #EDChat about the impact that social media has on education. As many posts in the last little while have talked about the urgency to adopt social media and technology into our schools (including mine), the “why” of this needs to be apparent.
Now my assumption is that many administrators do not use Twitter right now (either consistently or at all), although I have found it to be a great resource to use as professional development and networking in education. A lot of educators do however, read this blog from time to time, and perhaps we need to share some examples of what has happened in our schools with our students that has impacted their learning. Through our comments and narrative, perhaps more administrators would be willing to take the leap. On the other hand, maybe there are some stories of how social media was implemented in a school and had a negative impact. We also learn from those missteps as well.
For example, within my own school, once I built up my own understanding of how to effectively use social media to impact my learning, I helped to build a portfolio program within our school for our students. Our students had the ability to not only create, write, and share their stories in different mediums, but they also began to see their growth through the process. This type of self-assessment was extremely beneficial to their learning. Although this could come through any type of portfolio, using a blogging format that was easily shared with other students in the school, the students were able to learn from each other. Ideas continuously evolved amongst our students and we saw a shift from the teacher as the only source of information in the classroom, to students learning and sharing with one another. This caused a great cyclical effect in their learning, while obviously engagement increased.
I would love for you as an educator to share the impact social media has had not on only you, but more importantly, the impact it has had on your students. Please share a comment so that others can read your story. Through these examples, we are more likely to move forward.