Harnessing the Power of Social Networking a la Bernajean

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Schooling Students in Captivity Has a Multitude of Consequences for THEM!

Print and T.V. are so-o-o-o last century! How often are you blogging, You-Tubing, chatting online, Tweeting, Flickr-ing, VoiceThreading, webbing, or authoring wikis? Can you send images, voice or video from your phone to email, blogs, websites, or direct to other phones? New things are scary - we are unsure whether to embrace it or put up emergency defenses. An explosion of social networking (SN) tasks are now so deeply embedded in the lifestyles of tweens and teens that it rivals television for their attention. Seventy-one percent say they use social networking tools at least weekly. Who are these students and what are they really doing? Do we really need to urgently lock down all uses to protect students? Or can educators engage SN tools as powerful learning tools that accelerate community, collaboration and communication? Participants will be introduced to research, vocabulary, curriculum (OR professional) uses of SN tools in schools, policy initiatives, and navigating safety for everyone!


Presentation Tools and Info Links a la Bernajean

  • Group Task: Microblogging TodaysMeet
  • Group Task: SurveyMonkey Polling
  • Group Task: Collecting BEST Learning Experiences via iEtherpad.com
  • Resource: Yemeni Youth Uses Social Media for Change (YouTube)
  • Group Task:Turning Up the H.E.A.T. for rigor and relevance!
    1. View and Learn ABOUT Nota online software.
    2. Create and post table team's BEST engagingly HOT curriculum idea or project w/ Nota using ietherpad.com
  • Group PRACTICE Round for HOT or NOT: Everyone reviews Tsunami online project to code HOT or NOT. Look for a reasoning/thinking or OPEN question requiring students to be meaning-makers or NOT Then ask what TYPE of communication is being produced. Does the project go beyond existing information (aka summary reports) to demonstration meaning making aka knowledge production?
    1. Student Glogster Online Project: Tsunamis
    2. Making it MORE rigorous - put ideas @ ietherpad.com


What's the Difference between Social Media and Social Networking?
  • Social Media are tools for sharing and discussing information. Social Networking is the use of communities of interest to connect to others.

  • A Social Network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called "nodes", which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, or relationships of beliefs or knowledge. Social media are media technologies for social interaction, using highly accessible and scalable communication techniques. Social media is the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue. Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein define social media as "a group of Internet-based applications that allows the creation and exchange of user-generated content. ~ wikipedia

  • Social media is a way to transmit, or share information with a broad audience. Everyone has the opportunity to create and distribute. All you really need is an internet connection and you're off to the races. On the other hand, social networking is an act of engagement. Groups of people with common interests, or like-minds, associate together on social networking sites and build relationships through community. Conversations are at the core of social networking and through them relationships are developed. Source:


How Modern?



Harnessing the Power Resources


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  • Be a Google Jockey in Your Classroom
  • Thirty-Two (32) Ways to Use Google Appsin the Classroom
  • Fourteen (14) Ways for Librarians to Teach Social Media
  • RADCAB.com ~ Credible and Reliable Searching Strategies
  • Fan Fictionfor Books
  • Amanda Project ~ The Amanda Project is the first collaborative, interactive fiction (transmedia) series for girls aged 13 and up.
  • Project Noah ~ a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.
  • Shout ~ Shout connects educators with rich content, tools and expertise that get students to take action on global issues.
  • Global Teen-Ager Project - offers thematic Learning Circles to Elementary, Secondary and Vocational schools, including Special Needs Education. Founded in 1998, GTP offers collaborative global learning to over 19.000 students in 40 **countries**,
  • New Global Citizenship ~ Mobilizing a Generation
  • KidsCaring4Kids ~ Kendall, a social activist at 12, uses social media to make a difference. I know Kendall personally, a niece of a dear friend of mine. She found her light and passion - then used social media tools to inspire others to make a difference.
  • Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration Projects~ U.S. Department of Education Resource
  • Kerpoof ~ a Disney site for having fun, discovering things, and being creative. Kerpoof's "Make a Movie" activity, supported in part by the National Science Foundation. Young learners make, share and vote on movies created by "kerpoofers."
  • Teens Tackle Animal Poaching Through Genetics ~ Edutopia


Risk-Taking ~ Over Rated

  • Juvenoia ~ Part I David Finkelhor – director of the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC) and lead author of the US’s first national study on youth risk online in 2000 – used the term “juvenoia” in his recent groundbreaking talk, “The Internet, Youth Deviance & the Problem of Juvenoia.” He defined juvenoia as “the exaggerated fear of the influence of social change [including the Internet] on youth.” This week, the first of a two-part series on Dr. Finkelhor’s talk: why the fear is unsupported by the evidence and (next week) why all the fear.
  • The Internet, Youth Deviant and Problem of Juvenoia - Video Talk by Dr. Finkelhor, Director of New Hampshire's Crimes Against children Research Center
  • Predation: The latest figures on online predation comes from the Crimes Against Children Research Center (U. of NH) in "Trends in Arrests of Online Predators" <http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/pdf/CV194.pdf>, which found that "arrests of online predators with youth victims accounted for about 1% of ALL arrests for sex crimes against minors."
  • (Positive) FootprintsIn a Digital Age ~ ASCD article by Will Richardson


Digital Critical Citizens ~ Smart Socializing

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  • Protecting Reputations Online
  • Simple Ideas for Showing Online Kindness
  • Tips for "Sticky" Social Relationships
  • ConnectSafely.org ~ parents, teens, educators, advocates - everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web.
  • Netsmartz.org ~ Educational resource from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children . Discusses various Internet safety topics.
  • Netfamilynews.org - great up-to-date blogging by my dear friend and colleague, Anne Collier,
  • FreeRange Kids - Raising Safe, Self-Reliant Youth
  • A Parent's Guide to Facebook (PDF) ~ Anne Collier and Larry Magid's renown resources
  • My Space, My Kids ~ Jason Illian, a parent guide to safe family computing.
  • Why Digital Citizenship is a "HOT" Topic Globally ~ Anne Collier
  • Digital Citizenshp ~ Jason Ohler - a wiki created as a companion resource for his book Digital Community, Digital Citizenship
  • Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out ~Digital Youth Project by MacArthur Foundation
  • Digital Citizenship by Mossberger, Tolbert & McNeal. (MIT Press, 2008). "Digital Citizenship examines the impact of the Internet on civic engagement and political participation. This book is a compelling and informative study that brings new survey evidence to bear on the power of the Internet. Through careful and detailed exploration, the authors demonstrate that the Internet brings important benefits to society and government, while those outside the digital revolution suffer from the lack of access to Internet technology."—Darrell West, Department of Political Science, Brown University
  • Then What? Everyone’s Guide to Living, Learning and Having Fun in the Digital Age by Jason Ohler (Brinton Books, 2002). This link takes you a web page about the book. This is a tragi-comedic novel about a young man who to travels to digital overdone youth to digital citizen with a sense of heart. If you are in the mood for a fun, roller coaster of a story about digital citizenship, this is it.
  • The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s by Brad Stone from The New York Times (2010, January 9). About how quickly we go from digital native to immigrant.
  • Protecting Reputations Online ~ Video by Common Craft
  • Bud-The-Teacher's Response Read one District IT Director's response to filtering: We Will NO Longer be Blocking Web Sites as a Classroom Management Strategy.


Virtually Learning and Socializing

  • Teachers as Avatars ~ technology creates lifelike images of educators, complete with knowledge base for student interaction.
  • Fires of Genocide ~ Building 3d StoryWorlds for Avatars as a participatory learning environment on Eight Stages of Genocide
  • PBL Nuclear Power Plant ~ Explore Chester County Intermediate Unit's participatory STEM project in their state-wide OpenSim, New Worlds
  • Quest Atlantis ~ problem-solving adventures and digital citizenship practice with other avatars from other nations
  • Lego Universe ~ problem-solving adventures to save "Imagination" as avatars collaborating with avatars from all over the world
  • VenueGen.com ~ 3D Virtual World Meeting Space for learning, collaborative projects and events
  • James Paul Gee's video conversation on situated and embodied learning spaces that uses facts and information as tools for problem-solving. Schools in America for the FIRST time in history have genuine competition. And that's because companies large and small are selling 24/7 customized learning to you in your learning style outside of school, and u can learn didactically, or performance-based, any way you want.

Research and Resources ~ Track the Trends and Facts

  • MacArthur's Digital Youth Project - a three-year $50 million study help to determine how digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. Answers are critical to developing educational and other social institutions that can meet the needs of this and future generations.
  • Serious Informal Learning ~ Anne Collier
  • Is Social Media About to Explode in Education? ~ stats and visual info on this question of whether schools and universities are ready / interested in finding innovative ways to harness the power of social media to improve education?
  • Engaging Online Participation ~ The Research
  • Social Media Abstinence Education is NOT Working for Pre-Teens ~ Fast Company
  • Why Banning Social Media Often BackFires ~ Greg Farenstein
  • Social Media and Youth ~ Pew Report Nearly three quarters (73%) of online teens and an equal number (72%) of young adults use social network sites. By contrast, older adults have not kept pace; some 40% of adults 30 and older use the social sites in the fall of 2009.
  • Generational Uses of Technologies ~ PEW Report