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Using Social Networking Tools

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Using Social Networking Tools for Personal Learning Networks and in the Classroom

 

Abstract

Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking tools have affected communication. Not only students, but also educators now have the chance to network and communicate via a variety of websites. Forming an online personal learning network has several advantages: exposure to new information, connection with teaching professionals, and engagement in dialogue about tertiary education.  Indeed, “It is now easier than ever to band together, perform distributed work, share ideas, and be productive despite physical separation” (Institute for the Future 2007). As a result of this synergy, professional engagement and motivation to use these tools in the classroom is likely to increase because teachers become more comfortable with technology. As Rennie and Mason (2008) argue, “the essence of social networking is that the users generate the content. This has potentially profound implications for education.” In this presentation, we discuss some of those implications, introduce Facebook and Twitter by demonstrating how to set up accounts, make connections, and share information. By the end of the workshop, participants should feel comfortable using these tools. In addition, practical classroom uses will be introduced.

 

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