Every Class Should Use Social Media
Social media is the single greatest tool to educate lifelong learners beyond our classroom walls. And in an age where our students (and citizens) are struggling with digital citizenship, media literacy, and their digital portfolio in general, we must connect our instruction and extend our mentorship to social media.
I've added social media instruction into my Contemporary World History class so students could keep up with developments in topics and areas of the world that interest them. I've also designed my own course (called Passion-Based Learning through Social Media) where students choose their own passion and learn, create, and share content to become an expert in that field.
In this session, participants will use the resources provided to build learning networks on social media to enhance their current curriculum. This work will ensure that every teacher and every course teaches essential digital skills from digital citizenship to media literacy to digital portfolios.
I work at a co-ed, independent day school in Oakton, VA. Our Upper School has about 575 students.
The most significant resource for this session is my website – https://www.socialmediamarketplace.org/ – My website suggests accounts to follow to learn more about a particular interest or subject. The other important resources I’ll share are the examples of how my students have learned online and built digital portfolios. Finally, I can also share ways colleagues and I have used social media instruction to improve course instruction and foster lifelong learning.
Here is an example of me talking about my elective at another conference – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J06wuGiGC2g
Here is an article I wrote several years ago about using social media in class – https://www.nais.org/magazine/independent-school/winter-2015/teaching-social-media-in-our-schools/
Here is a blog post about how I used social media in my History classroom – https://socmeded.blogspot.com/2017/12/leveraging-twitter-for-lifelong-learning.html
Here is a post about how I used social media for community engagement at a previous school – https://socmeded.blogspot.com/2014/11/mkascreenz-social-media-education-disruption.html
I have also spoken at several schools about the intersection of social media and education. An example – https://www.pds.org/school-news/news-post/~post/digital-literacy-expert-nate-green-visits-campus-29-20180207
Finally, my teaching blog homepage – https://socmeded.blogspot.com/