Social Media for Educators
Four: 21st Century Workforce Readiness
Required Submissions for Lesson Four
1. View a minimum of 5 minutes of this 49 minute exceptional Video: Cedar and Silicon
2. Explore: http://lone-eagles.com/workforce101.htm and review briefly the project summary and course outline.
Lesson one and View: Click on the video overview as a 3 minute Jing walk through of lesson one
3. Conduct the Jing hands-on activity listed here.
You can create similar how-to
videos using free software for Mac and PCs without
Required Submissions Checklist:
____ Create a Jing video capture and share the link via the class listserv.
____ Email your instructor on what worked, and what didn’t and your candid feedback on this lesson.
In our immediate world of accelerating change, education and elearning are rapidly changing, as is the very nature of our economy, and our workforce.
Less is more in our age of information overload. Attention spans are shortening, the oral communications medium of instruction video is on the rise and reading is diminishing. The use of web pages is on the decline, the uses of videos and apps are on the rise. Repeated from lesson one: See the top graphic at the link below, but don’t feel obligated to read the article “The Web Is Dead”: www.wired.com/magazine/2010/08/ff_webrip/all/1
College costs are up 600% since 1980, and in question is how much
college loan debt makes sense.
Social media marketing, mobile commerce, mobile learning, and accelerating change means the need for just-in-time searching and learning solutions will be increasingly in demand. Your mobile device is likely to be your conduit to what you need to know - in the near future.
The very nature of education is changing.
Industrial age education was to prepare workers for lifelong
careers, often as factory workers. College degrees held the promise of one
career for life, perhaps as an educator in K12 or higher ed. Today, by the age of 35 one can expect
to have already held a dozen different jobs. We can be expected to be changing
jobs every few years – typically moving into jobs that didn’t exist a few
You are likely to be reading on a smart phone on a daily basis what
you didn’t know you needed to know, via feeds from the smartest sources you and
your friends in your “personal learning network” can find.
Educators are no longer the “Sage on the Stage” but must serve as the “Guide on the Side.” Mastery learning and facilitating peer mentoring are made possible by a combination of new online tools, quality resources created by others, and pedagogies (ala Khanacademy.com) Consider yourself as an info-broker challenged to identify and deliver the very best existing rich media instruction, from diverse global sources, to your students, with emphasis on teaching them to find their own such learning resources, as self-directed learners, while building effective collaboration skills with others.
Century Workforce Readiness Imperative:
Everyone Both Learner and Teacher, Both Consumer and Producer,
All the Time.
Students, starting in primary school, must learn entrepreneurship, such that entrepreneurship will be a lifelong option. This requires self-directed learning skills, effective online collaboration skills, and managing their digital identity and reputation in a mature manner. Teaching creativity and the innovation process is juxtaposed to current trends focusing on standards and teaching to the test.
Educational institutions are slow to change, but students with digital devices are just the opposite; able and committed to keep each other up to the same instant of progress.
Optional but strongly recommended:
The Free Ebook below is a quality treatment of how one can leverage all these trends to self-educate. This free Ebook below is a shorter version of the $10 book at Amazon.com : DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education
Consider this a review of the literature from the private sector
regarding open source and commercial Elearning innovations. Social media as “personal learning
Free download of Edupunk's guide, sponsored by the Gates Foundation is at this link http://www.scribd.com/doc/60954896/EdupunksGuide
also: http://diyubook.com/ Note how Anya is using social media to
Note also that the Gates Foundation funded her in this free ebook effort which relates to the Khan Academy video mastery learning video instruction themes. (You viewed this video in the Welcome to this class.)
Explore: Ning Tutorials on How to Create a Successful Social Network
has sophisticated video tutorials on best practices for creating a social media
Click on best practices at the page above.
View this Video:
Smarts: Kids Learn How to Navigate the Multimedia World
http://www.edutopia.org/media-literacy-skills-video (Seven Minutes)
Help Students Use Social Media to Empower, Not Just Connect
Blogger Andrew Marcinek on using social media to empower students as thinkers, learners, and collaborators.
Social Networking at Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy
Learn how principal Chris Lehmann and his colleagues use technology to run a high school altogether differently.
The Importance of Digital Citizenship in Social Media http://www.edutopia.org/blog/social-digital-media-citizenship
Learn the fundamentals of integrating social and digital media into our lives.
Edutopia discussion on social media in schools
to privately email your instructor:
1. What areas, if any, did you have trouble with during this
2. What questions remain now that you've finished this lesson?
3. Approximately how much time did you devote to this lesson?
4. What improvements would you like to suggest?