Module 5 – Social Media
Social Media Frenzy
I’ll admit social media has sucked me in, spun me around, then spit me out. After regrouping, I began to find my why for different platforms and some possible uses for student learning. I also had to set some parameters for myself around constant connection.
I have looked at most social media sites out of curiosity. Here’s what I have come up with as of now:
Facebook: I am guilty. I use it to connect with my family all over the U.S. and a few contacts outside the U.S. It’s purely social for me. I may post some educational links but only because so many of my friends and family are also educators and education is our interest. The only students I connect with are ones who are grown and have been out of school for a while. This course has been hard for me in facebook since that has not been my platform for professional development.
Twitter: I used to be #FrustratedandOverwhelmed with twitter. Now I love it. It, along with google+ is my professional development. It’s been a while, but Tuesday nights used to be #EdChat time for me and #edTech Chat was Monday’s. I could find a chat every night! But what is really powerful are the hashtags. #ISTE16 would have been a nightmare if I had to sort through billions of tweets. With hashtags you can find anything you want at anytime. There is also twiducate that we used when I taught 2nd grade. By using hashtags, you can pull a conversation into one place. As a staff we toyed with the idea of a selfie summer with the hashtag #EastSelfieSummer16 to connect with each other. The same could apply with students. Take an elementary math unit in geometry for instance. How fun would it be for students and their devices to be taking pictures and tweeting about shapes and geometrical concepts they find in the world that is easily brought back together through the hashtag – then add other students from all over the world and BAM! I could go on for pages. Now with Periscope and Twitter – you can be live with people all over the world, too, at anytime of day or night! Hence, my personal parameters I set so I actually see the world not live through the media and others.
This is an example of using hashtags at ISTE16 during a workshop about using video for coaching teachers, students, and self reflection. It was going on during the workshop like a backchannel such as TodaysMeet.
Instagram app: I have played with instagram a bit, but I didn’t get why I needed instagram, fb, twitter, snapchat, etc. This is the platform I will explore more since I know it works like twitter with hashtags as well. I wonder how to capture a meaningful 15 second moment for instagram? I went to a selfie session at ISTE and also had an Inspire session where they spoke about snapchat and education. It’s ok if our pictures are only there for 24 hours on our story. We captured a moment in time, now it’s gone and that’s ok. They talked about some ways to use with students. Maybe instagram becomes that only longer lasting. I don’t know yet. Connect with me @trevy4 on Twitter or ttrevenen on Instagram and find out if I figure it out.
My first attempt at clipping a 15 sec video. WOW! These two were amazing!
There are so many, but I sticking with these for now. I also know they can be connected so one post goes to other platforms. I’m not into that. I like things separate right now. I don’t need to inundate my entire family nor friends outside of education with my professional development learning. I don’t need to share my family photos and personal endeavors with my PLN. Student do not need to be a part of either of those. Separation for me for now, unless I can be convinced otherwise.
The other separation I make is with my time. Angela Watson recently had a challenge called A 21 Day Challenge for Teachers about #IntentionalConnectivity. Changed. My. Life. No, really, it did. I’m free. The tech fog is gone. I use the tools when I need to just like a pen or a spoon, not as a drug to fill spaces of time. We don’t walk around with a pen or a spoon in our hands, so why look down at your device all the time. Sit with boredom, it’s fine, you’ll love it. I highly recommend this challenge if she offers again.