Social Media Reflection

My last journal entry was to reflect on the role of social media use in education, here were my thoughts:

OBJECTIVE : 

As technology is becoming more prevalent in todays society, we must stay current and on trend in education. There are so many ways to communicate and interact with students that provides a more diversified and engaging platform for instruction. Although there are many tools to use, they may not be right for everyone. It is our job as instructors to choose what works best in the delivery and get the end result we were hoping for. The future is technology driven and we need to stay current and educated ourselves as instructors and mentors.

REFLECTIVE :

When I signed up for this course I was a little reluctant as I am not very tech savvy. I was also overwhelmed when I looked at our assignments and didn’t know really where to start. This experience was a HUGE learning curve for me. Surprisingly, once I got started on my blog, I really enjoyed the process. It was a task that could show my personality. I could design the look and feel, content and which direction I wanted to go. The group wiki was a slow start, as the topic is wide and endless. Once we decided on a specific topic, we were on our way.

INTERPRETIVE :

PIDP 3240 exposed us to all sorts of social media platforms-whether we wanted to or not. I think it was a good thing. To see how Twitter works, sign up to Facebook, create blogs, links, wikis, research scholarly articles, and Web 2.0 tools. All the research done for these class projects has exposed us to many interesting facts and rules about copyright. There are strict guidelines  as to what is appropriate to use for educators and the classroom (and it goes far beyond the basic textbook).

DECISIONAL: 

I have learned so much about trends and technology by doing the blog that I will definitely use some of the tools in my future teaching career. I can appreciate the task of creating a blog and use it in the instruction of Dentistry. Whether it is on oral hygiene methods, future of dentistry or creating a wiki on different specialties such as pediatric (kids), surgical (implants, gum surgery, trauma), geriatric, endodontic (root canals) or dental products. The project would be fun, creative, informative and student-led. This gives the student a sense of ownership and pride in their work and the end result is a good product!!

Encouraging the use of social media in the classroom in a positive way, engages the students and makes the whole learning curve interesting for everyone. By setting boundaries on the use of these tools/devices, we gain more control over the content and the classroom. We as educators are always learning and will continue to learn in this fast-paced digital world, the key is to try and be one step ahead of the students!

 

 

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Most Used Mobile Apps in Education

With the iPhone and other smart phones having such a presence in society today, it is no wonder that there are popular apps for education. Technology has become more portable with bigger versions such as the tablets, iPad and now the ipad Mini, that education can de done just about anywhere and any time. Here is a list of apps I came across that were the most used, according to edudemic.com.  I created a word cloud with the apps.

Word Cloud created by me using Worditout-word-cloud.

References :

http://edudemic.com/2012/10/most-used-mobile-apps-education/

www.worditout.com

Education Technology Predictions to 2040

It wouldn’t be right to end off my blog if I didn’t post another infographic  (as you can tell, I like them!!) This one sums up the present and future trends and technology in the classroom. I wonder if the classroom will really be completely digital in 2020 and with retinal recognition to log on in 2030..who knows what the future holds in this ever changing world we live in?

Twitter in Education

OBJECTIVE: 

After watching the video on the growing use of twitter in education, I was pleasantly surprised that the pros and cons were discussed.Kelly Walsh (an information tech) spoke about his blog on Emerging EdTech. He said that his most popular post was in regards to “100 ways to teach with twitter”. Kelly speaks about twitter having 100 million users and that over 300,000 users sigh up each day. He goes on to say that educators using twitter are on the rise (up 5% from the previous year, but this was done in 2010 so I’m curious to see what the numbers would be today).

The educators use twitter to allow the students to interact / collaborate with their classmates as well as provide the students with news in regards to class assignments, reminders and class changes. Kelly shared various quotes from teachers both good and bad regarding twitter use in the “classroom”. He had it categorized as “how and why faculty use twitter”, concerns that twitter “creates poor writing skills” and provides minimal “educational value”, and follows it up with “assorted observations about twitter”.

REFLECTIVE :

I was pleasantly surprised when I watched this video as it provided all aspects good and bad. It wasn’t someone promoting twitter and disregarding all the other issues with it.  I personally feel that twitter is a weak source of communication although Kelly calls it a micro-blogging. If you can only write 140 characters per tweet, I’m not sure how much information you are getting out there unless the grammar and spelling are incorrect (like in texting) and it seems that you would be tweeting an awful lot to get your ideas or thoughts out there. I also agree that students will become more engaged because we are using technology and it is fun, but a comment from am instructor was that the students become more shy and are unable to have the social skills or confidence for a class presentation in person.

INTERPRETIVE :

I do agree that twitter is a quick and concise way of communicating, but I don’t think it is for everyone nor do I feel it belongs in a classroom. I see it more as a distraction than an educational aid. It would be interesting if the schools had a protocol on what is to be tweeted (i.e. assignments, dates of exams, pro-d days etc). If there was a real purpose for this tool, I might be more inclined to use it -but currently I don’t see the real value in this tool unless you are a marketing firm or IT person.

DECISIONAL :

The only reason I have a twitter account is because of this course. When I signed up, I really had no idea  of what to write but the twitter guide prompted “What are you doing”? Maybe my life isn’t as exciting as a movie star or rock star but I really think “who cares what I’m doing-except me!!” I think of me reading my tweets and it seems boring. I wasn’t sure if twitter was used much in Dentistry as my bosses do no use it. To my surprise I found that the average age of a tweeter s 31-and that was my answer as to why my bosses don’t use it (they are in their fifties-but look great :)). I then saw that some of the recent dental grads were on twitter and that dental marketing companies used it as well. One twitter account that I thought was well done was the Canadian Dental Association. They tweeted every couple of days (if not every) and it was in regards to Oral Health issues, local dental schools, and upcoming dental conferences. It served a purpose and was quite informative. I am happy to have been exposed to twitter, but I don’t feel it would benefit me as an educator or my future students.

REFERENCES :

https://twitter.com/MyDentalHealth

Walsh, K. (2010).The Growing use of Twitter by todays educators. [Video]. Retrieved on November 5, 2012, from http://www.emergingedtech.com/2010/02/100-ways-to-teach-with-twitter/

Web 2.0 Tools 4 Teachers

There are over a hundred Web 2.o tools available for teachers to use in their classroom. Whether it is in the conventional classroom, virtual world or online learning-there is something for everyone. Here is a collage I created with the use of wordle. This is one tool I was introduced to in this course and I absolutely love it!! By creating your own image with text and colour, it can pretty much eliminate any copyright issues(which is always a good thing :).)

Correction: should be Edmodo not Edumodo-Sorry!!

References :

http://www.goedonline.com/101-web-tools-for-teachers

Must Have EdTech Cheat Sheet

As I was searching for information on my previous entry (“free” textbooks online), I came across this glossary of terms used in our electronic educational system today. In this article, there was also a link to  Boundless (An American free e-text website). They were the creators of this awesome tool. I felt it useful and thought I would share it with you all.

References:

https://www.boundless.com/

http://edudemic.com/2012/07/edtech-cheat-sheet/