Social Media for Educators
Five: Professional Learning Networks for Educators
to Social Media
Educators Home Page
instructor a private email documenting your success and/or challenges
Email your instructor if you have not received an
invitation to join our class dropbox folder. ____ Post
to the class listserv your best professional personal
learning network sites,
joining Dropbox and contributing one file of value, in response to the email invitation.
feeds, and tips - to be archived for all future class participants.
with three great new links. Insert the links directly onto the Frontpage as others have
Note you can create your own pages within our class wiki as something to consider for your
students in the future using your own wikis.
Please email your instructor a copy of your wiki posting.
Required Submissions Checklist:
instructor a private email documenting your success and/or challenges
Email your instructor if you have not received an invitation to join our class dropbox folder.
to the class listserv your best professional personal
learning network sites,
A Prologue to Sophisticated Simple Organizing Strategies for Social Media and for Teaching Online Effectively.
Ongoing feeds using multiple tools to minimize the time required to stay current with peers in your topic areas can be as fun as it can be useful.
What if each of us – could be collaboratively sharing our wiki links, jings, and best professional development and topical curriculum content sites on an ongoing basis! That is literally the goal of many K12 resource sites – many experimenting with different combinations of social media tools, incentives to share, and more. I.E. Learn from the working strategies deployed by others…like the Ning tutorials recently shared.
What if the organization of this course were different? How can we optimize both simplicity, as well as creating a lasting resource base allowing ongoing resource contributions after this class. That’s basically what wikis ARE used for.
of us uses a different collection of info-gathering tools. Some of us
a dozen, and use them in a sophisticated manner. Others of us have
been on a listserv before.
Let’s take a hard look at potential best practices for a moment:
class listserv has a searchable archive of all postings, so
posted resource links, including jings, are available to newcomers to
at any time. Posting Jings in google group messages still requires
sort through those messages.
Perhaps creating a single wiki page for just the Jing
is the way to go? It
this sort of decision making on best use of collaborative tools,
organization, etc., that teaching effectively online requires. In our
leveraging social media toward optimal outcomes.
about all the great resources we have all posted to the listserv, wiki,
and google group. Think
might be the best way to create a lasting collection of exceptional
as an outcome of this class - and/or any future classes for that
best to sort all these by topic, to chose the right tool for initial
sustained organization, and the most effective motivations and/or
submissions to achieve the best possible group outcome, are all on the
for your recommendations.
think about what model can be extended for students to conduct similar
knowledge gathering with the community.
An elegant combination of sequenced instructional Jings teaching the tools for ideal collaborative outcomes (wikis and Ning) might be considered. The confusion, as one example, resulting from threaded discussions being linked to each new topic, represents the level of detail necessary to address.
One potential problem is with everyone working at their own pace, literally getting everyone on the same page can be a challenge. Keep it as simple as possible is likely what will be required.
Info-Diet Outputs – What value in what formats do you routinely contribute to the world?
We’ve covered everyone as both learner and teacher, consumer, and now let’s look at “as *producer?”
brief info-diet self-assessments focused on our choices for how we
limited time with incoming information feeds via various media. Think
your OUT-going information habits and activities. What useful volume of
information do you produce, as your value proposition as educator,
citizen? Do you produce text lesson plans, video captures, edited
the broader sense, we’re all participating in a global shared hologram
imagination. While fun, social, learning has its place, the hard truth
are dire immediate problems that we each CAN make a positive impact on,
we so choose to do so. No longer can we relish the social safety of
powerless to act, when the burgeoning examples of individuals
global impacts increases.
Think about yourself as role model, as perhaps master digital storyteller, and whether your level of self-directed Geekatude (positive attitudes toward teaching yourself new tech skills) can be improved.
Rate yourself on five point scale on geekatude at http://lone-eagles.com/academy-info-diet.htm Do not send it to your instructor.
Self actualization and rating our sociability, and generosity, impacts on others.
Removing self-imposed barriers to becoming prolific, toward becoming self-actualized, now that you have powerful global expression tools literally at your fingertips. Giving self-confidence and encouragement to others is perhaps the most important thing we’ll ever do. So why are we so stingy? Knowledge is one of the few things that grows when we give it away. Do we have to depend on others for kudos to build our self esteem? Are their tricks toward becoming inner-directed?
Social Media Misfits? Inner-Directed VS Outer-directed Personalities
check. Some of us are inner-directed, and as individualists we don’t
the approval of others for validation as to who we are, what we believe
we choose to prioritize our actions. To those of us roguishly oriented
eagles the very idea of soliciting Facebook and “linked in” friends is
of us are outer-directed, our self-esteem comes from the approval of
and we might get tattoos, piercings, and color our hair in order to fit
Social media lends itself to outer-directed personalities. Even if we
recognize most of our 1000 Facebook friends if we passed them on the
there is still something oddly comforting knowing that in some limited
we’ve created our own peer support group.
Eventually social media might serve as our “personal
Social Media Self Assessment Survey (do not send to your instructor)
I am most motivated by what others think and try hard to fit it.
______1. NOT! 2. Sorta 3. Average 4. Admittedly 5. Totally
______1. NOT! 2. Sorta 3. Average 4. Admittedly 5. Totally
I do not want anyone following me on Facebook for any reason.
Inner vs outer directedness is not a black and white polarity, but many of us are indeed distinctly different as the above survey is intended to illustrate.
Everything here is evolving, most particularly how we define our digital identity as compared to our real selves. Human communications behaviors generally evolve very slowly with older folks, and very quickly among the young. We see this with social media. FYI, I’m advising a project “Getting Seniors Online.” www.getseniorsonline.org
a Lone Eagle living on the frontiers of freedom, headquartered in a
ranch house surrounded by wide open spaces, with no bosses, and no
the last thing I want is to feel required to beg the approval of
others, or to
create a mob following me around like the guy in Verizon commercials.
freedom is defined by my separation, independence, and western
AT the same time, I depend on my networks with both information
key people, to enable me to maintain my cherished rural lifestyle. No
one is an
Teaching Teachers online, and more recently skyping with educators in the remotest reaches of the Alaskan wilderness –is a genuine joy, and a key social outlet and source of personal satisfaction as I witness transformational learning in many I work with.
But at the same time, the goal of Lone Eagle Consulting is to scout out the BESTMOSTLEAST (best practices curriculums and tools) and disseminate them to as many people in need as possible, on an ongoing basis. So, in this specific context, the potentially viral social media outreach, tribe-building methods, are totally appropriate if exponential global impacts are to be realized. I’m on a mission to change the world for the better, best I can.
There is no heavier burden than a great potential. Charlie Brown
Mutual Support Networks:
Are evolving to keep us all up to the same instant of progress.
the Smithsonian Museum of American history is a display on the
communications technology. A
has a sermon running continuously, from 1867 announcing the first
telegraph cable connecting America and Europe. The
message is that now
humankind can all keep to the same instant of progress.
As we are half-way through through this class, some might fear being overwhelmed by too many information feeds. Even when relevant to use as educators, it is a fact that we can only handle so many E-newsletters, RSS blog feeds, listserv emails from our often prolific peers and *online instructors, and the growing number of other information flows and feeds. In particular our personal social networks which seem destined to make it easier than ever for our friends and family to overwhelm us with uninvited trivia. Like my niece’s notice on a mattress for sale in Omaha Nebraska – really!?
Consider the following themes:
one knows as much as all
If we all share what we know, we’ll all have access to all our knowledge.
The power of all of us. (Ebay’s trademark)
is MORE in our age of
Information condenses to knowledge which condenses to wisdom and VALUE is created in our age of information overload.
the global boom of bottom-up innovations, fueled by the new
anyone, anywhere to learn daily from the best innovations of others,
evolving dynamics for instant dissemination of the very best “crowd
innovations” holds great promise. We are modern hunter gatherers
seeking the best knowledge and innovations of others.
Be Aware Robust Topical Resources Already Exist and Are Easily Found: TRY THIS SHORT ACTIVITY
I just googled geography pbworks and got 75,000 hits. The first page alone is an eye opener.
Even just the first page has outstanding collections
Examples of search phrases for lessons on (
Google these search phrases:
K12 lessons google earth geography
K12 lessons twitter geography
K12 lessons facebook geography
And if you go to youtube and search using the same phrases, I think you'll find
videos showing just what you asked for.
Innovation Diffusion in K12 is an inverted pyramid.
You might have noticed your students know more about information retrieval technologies than most parents and teachers, who in turn often know more about technology than their principals and superintendents, who often know more than our legislators, governors and senators. Those who make the decisions are the least informed. True or False?
In review, formal K12 education is based on standards without ongoing assessments for use of rich media to create instructional content that is most motivating. Informal learning shared among students is likely to be video and/or app-based, noting social media and mobile devices are prohibited in many schools.
In an ideal world, we (teachers and students alike) would all be better informed via peer assessments revealing the most motivating curricular units, that in the least amount of time, offer the highest possible level of insight and/or utility.
The Khan academy videos showed measurable tracking for student progress, student mentoring, and frees the teachers to mentor individual students in the classroom. The Hole in the Wall video showed how students can teach themselves, as is necessary when teachers are not available.
New Standards for Community Engagement
The updated info-diet survey, including a new Geekatude Survey are at http://lone-eagles.com/academy-info-diet.htm and offer a second look at our information inputs, and we might rate ourselves on both the volume and the value of our choices and personal abilities to daily assimilate vast quantities of new information. We might consider what info-behaviors we are modeling for students with an eye toward teaching related “best practices.”
No child left behind standards, many will tell you, do not address the call for teaching creativity and innovation. And do not address the need to responsibly maintain our digital reputation, or to self-assess our level of civic participation, service learning, or moral responsibilities to help those less fortunate than ourselves. And most importantly it doesn’t address our level of motivation, or our related level of self-confidence, or whether we feel emotionally supported by those educating us, as students, or whether we feel directly threatened by the risks of failure.
As an aside, most GED programs are presented in a mastery learning context as different than traditional K12 education where there is the risk of failure. Could dropping out be a rite of passage to adulthood, where one plans to assure control of one’s own destiny, with plans to finish the HS diploma as an adult in a GED program instead of as a subservient child in a traditional classroom?
One third of all HS students drop out, with over 50% dropping out in the 17 largest cities. In most Native communities the rates can be as high as 70%. The volume of students opting to finish their K12 education via virtual High Schools also speaks to the potential motivation, as their rite of passage, as well. Motivations Matter!
In addition to required state standards, acknowledging the trend toward national common standards, and also acknowledging the ISTE EDTECH standards. Common sense suggests we need additional standards for Out-of-the-box thinking. You might relate this to our box of required submissions in each lesson, as an analogy, and self-assess how many optional resources you have explored.
OPTIONAL: National Ed-Tech Standards:
The following short documents are recommended reading and present the conceptual framework for this course.
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Extensive current resources, including Common Core Standards.
21st Century competitiveness at all levels requires we become self-motivated learners, carefully nurturing our innate “love of learning” and increasing our abilities to be creative, innovative, and proactively productive, leveraging the tools at our fingertips for collaborative engagement, public problem solving and more.
The trick here is to learn to enjoy playing and learning, and how NOT to feel threatened with failure by an antiquated Victorian era institutional mindset. Maslow’s hierarchy of self-actualization applies here. The more we can reduce our own fear of failure, the more psychologically open and motivated we are to unlocking our potential for self-directed learning.
The Future of Distance Learning: Web VS Apps
With both attention spans shortening, as well as the useful shelf life of knowledge, just-in-time learning may be the future of education.
"There are two kinds of knowledge, that which you know directly, and that which you know how to find information upon." Samuel Johnson 1867
It used to be we all believed in general education requirements to give us a lifelong base of core knowledge. Today, everything is changing so fast, the trend almost seems to be in the opposite direction – don’t bother with obsolete knowledge until you need it, then get the latest update. (Is there an app for that?)
The OnStar system in many vehicles might be the future of learning. You pay to ask an expert for what you need, and they either deliver it on the spot or provide you with an ILP – individualized learning plan – literally as a map for you to move in the right direction.
Use of web pages is being replaced by the use of apps, which would be loaded on your mobile device, and draw information from online courses, but are often not associated with web pages or sites as we know them today. Social media is evolving to become our “personal learning networks.”
With more and more software tools available online in “the cloud,” they can be updated daily, and are being increasingly integrated with literally everything else.
(OPTIONAL: See the explanation of cloud computing at http://www.commoncraft.com/video/cloud-computing. )
With hundreds of thousands of apps, There's an app for almost anything.
Apps for iPhone
Over 140,000 apps for iPad
The Mac App Store
Top 100 Apps
Students can now create their own Apps without programming. It can be as simple as dragging and dropping a module. (Optional)
App Inventor Moves to MIT Center for Mobile Learning
in early 2012 App Inventor will be available as an open
source project and the MIT Center for Mobile Learning http://mitmobilelearning.org/ will provide the application
for educational users. To
keep up with these and other changes please subscribe to the App
Playing the Game? Which Game do you really want to play?
media, on the one hand, can be viewed as a silly game of mutual
our own friends, and of our friends’ friends. Commercial businesses are
much mercenary focused on the advertising goals of profiting from
the data that comes from users clicking the “Like” button on facebook
posting what products and brands they do and don’t “Like.” Knowing
I’m being manipulated – my first reaction is
not to want to “play.”
80 Million facebook users play Farmville and Mafia wars and social entertainment is an understandable use. There are actually a lot of social skills that can come from serious gaming. The World of Warcraft for example, can be extremely sophisticated, and pre-teens are learning global collaboration with realtime voice conference calls immersed in exciting visual 3D environments with collaborative tools, mathematics, and literally lots of amazing magic.
14 year old showed me briefly how he interacts via voice with 40 peers,
monitoring online data feeds while conducting coordinated attacks - their monsters again
It was comparible to flying the space shuttle – great use of logistics,
collaboration, math, tactical strategies and more.
Another game might be how to leverage the good in people worldwide such that the exponential benefits of effective collaborative can mitigate the dire realities suffered by the majority of the global population. Dissemination of free education as a start, compounded with Just-in-time real world solutions, disseminated within a day of their invention and discovery.
Social Enterprises; Doing Well by Doing Good
Social entrepreneurship is the middle ground here; businesses whose primary goal is to promote the social good, Doing Well by Doing Good.
Tester held a Small Business workshop in 2010 and invited the three
to present on Social media. http://tester.senate.gov/workshops
(Click on Kalispell) Google
Microsoft (Bing Search engine) presented for 15 minutes each on their
engine advertising businesses, touting free local listings for small
requiring only 5 minutes.
Facebook presented on their social media services. At the time of the conference, Google and Microsoft were looking at how to expand into Facebook’s social media world and successful models, while Facebook was looking at how to expand into the advertising worlds of Google and Bing.
lot has changed since then, OMG, that was a year and a half ago,
history, and the changes are accelerating. Google is now in the mobile
manufacturing business, Ipads and smartphones have exploded in
and Twitter have dramatically
altered the global political realities for how quickly an idea can
street level demonstrations worldwide.
The Occupy Wallstreet demonstrations expanded to 80 countries in a week, with almost causal certainty, following a year of dramatic Arab Spring events in a dozen countries.
is next? The rapidity of global impacts in expanding exponentially, and
sense we’re limited only by our imaginations – our increasingly
coordinated, shared, global imaginations. Something fundamentally
take a deep breath from exercising our expansive imaginations and bring
back down to K12 social media innovations in education. How best to
share best practices use using social media for K12 character
digital citizenship, civic participation, 21st
readiness, and building positive social capacity both locally and
If we all share the best related resources we each can find, we’ll all benefit.
We must learn by doing, and yes “playing the game” in order to understand from the experience what each of us finds useful, and/or not worth the time and effort.
Planning Your 8 Hour Final Project:
Please start thinking about what you would like to do for your 8 hour final project, and email your idea to me for possible suggestions.
Like creating your own wiki to share great links! Rather specifically you can post links to your Jings showing cool content creation tools in 30 second bits - one 5 minute jing could show your top ten favorites as a compelling way for raising awareness for, say, your principal or superintendent or parents?
Jing videos won't upload to youtube, etc., unless you purchase Jing Pro for $14/year - which allows saving as Mpg4 files - compatible with youtube, ning, wikis, blogs, and most everything else. However, you can post Jing links anywhere. When in doubt - experiment.
You might think about the highest impact/utility final project possible - which you could easily create within the 8 hr window. I've thought about showcasing Alaskan cultural examples by tool type, perhaps in the context of "here are digital storytelling cool tools" - of the easiest new media tools and methods. Imagine a ten minute video capture or 20 30 second jings - each showing as briefly as possible, a quick peek at the best AK examples of their purposeful use for cultural expression and/or education.
you think about it, TV commercials are done in rapid fire 2-4 second
what I'm talking about is rather just like that - for the ADHD in all
ideally accessible via smartphone.
a sense, we talked around the edges of how we can both quickly
non-techies the essence of what they don't know that they need to know.
Creating a 2-10 minutes "commercial videos" would certainly be an
If you think about the highest need for our immediate classmates – it might be some of us use 20+ cool tools, while most of us feel pretty much like beginners. If you, or ideally each of us, were to quick a fast-moving jing showing our info-diet tools and best practices in under 5 minutes – how amazing would it be for most of us to see what all the rest of us are doing?! What if everyone, everywhere, were regularly sharing in this fast and efficient way? It might create a Knowledge society, and as important, a whole new structure for a Knowledge Economy.
Politically as of November 2011, what education can prove most effective for broadband adoption and best practices utilization is very much a Hot Topic!
I.E. "What can broadband be used for?" The need is to enlighten non-technical vulnerable populations including top leadership administrators, governors, senators, and legislators.
Consider this instructional format;
To be accessible as a learning app on mobile devices:
The What and the Why it is important:
Start with a 30 second visual show and tell on what it is: Example: Twitter is microblogging - a summative means of following thought leaders with one postings. And why it is important; “200 million tweets a day has become the preferred means many people use to literally follow those whose expertise they value.”
The How -Summary:
Then have a link to a one minute show and tell showing just the basics for how it works.
The serious training on How – in short stacked modules
Once people know enough to make a decision as to whether they wish to learn, then link to successive short training bits on the how.
Here are Four Final Project Ideas.
Skyping with Beau Ward in Petersburg yesterday, we talked about
creating a five minute Jing video capture specifically for
10 - 30 second quick demos of top online content creation tools
both educators and students at no cost.
I believe this would be an easy and painless way to help
to understand quickly what they don't have time to learn in depth.
on laptops, students
1-5 minute video captures showing the benefits of broadband in a short
competition focused on Alaskan-created examples of new media. This free tool is being
used by my
teachers and everyone is amazed at the ease and broad utility. A short
competition could result in a simple "show and tell" of the top 20
cool tools in an Alaskan Cultural expression context.
Alex is 11 years old and created the following jing after a quick intro by his mother who is in my class from Kenai - Alex's video:
Here's a sample Jing from Tom Coray in King Cove:
Getting by with crummy internet
Here's a sample animation from Adell Bruns in Ketchikan http://teachingonlinewiki.pbworks.com/w/page/47468199/Adell%27s%20Links
3. Web-raisings - are 1
hour events where everyone attending, regardless of age,
creates their own
free ecommerce website, blog, and/or family photo album. http://www.tripod.com - In
I did this with teachers during a 5 hour inservice, and later for 7th
whose homework was to create an ecommerce site for a local artist or
person. Examples at http://lone-eagles.com/web-raising.htm and several 30 second
webraisings in action are at http://youtube.com/fodasz
- one with elders, and one with First
4. Elder's digital
storytelling. Elementary students with Ipad2's would be
matched with elders
to record and upload videos of elders' oral stories, and/or histories. Also, narrated photos
posted online at
sites like voicethread.com literally can "preserve elders' wisdom and
stories for all future generations."
A demo of an Elder's flipalbum is http://www.youtube.com/fodasz#p/u/7/huWWzNz0ePM
If you've not seen it, a 3 minute video on Metlakatla is on the homepage at http://youtube.com/fodasz
Video Viewing and Resource Explorations
VIEW This video from the small Yupiq Eskimo Village of Quinhagak, Alaska , was a school computer project intended for the other Yupiq villages in the area. Much to the villagers' shock, over a half million people have viewed it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=LyviyF-N23A (4 minutes)
VIEW the Kindertown Video at
note the Edublog
content awards for the site sharing this video!
Review the page linked below from the Applications for Good web site with this fact in mind:
Just the self-paced eLearning portion of the education software market is expected to double from $24billion to $49billion by 2014. Both the needs and business opportunities are clear.
Review the organizing structure of the Benton Foundation newsletter:
Headlines listed by category, followed by paragraph summaries with links to the full articles. All articles archived in a searchable database by category. One can find a lot of great information in a hurry. They do a nice job at organizing via this free service.
Lesson Feedback: Optional, but much appreciated.
You're invited to privately email your instructor:
What areas, if any, did you have trouble with during this
What questions remain now that you've finished this lesson?
3. Approximately how much time did you devote to this lesson?
What improvements would you like to suggest?
Media Content Sites
for Educators – A Short Sampling
All are Optional.
Educational Resources Commons
http://oercommons.org Open Educational Resources
http://eduforge.org Open Source Learning Lab
www.sourceforge.org Open source software consortium.
Moodle being one of the best examples.
to the World of Knowledge
Links to many sources of online learning and teaching.
A major educational portal – this link to interactive units.
MERLOT http://www.merlot.org Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching Extensive collected multimedia resources by topic.
Management Systems standards - an industry site focused on promoting
among all Instructional Management Systems so content can be easily
are Learning Objects?
A rich array of resources from the Univ. of Wisconsin's Center for International Education. See also their "Collections of Learning Objects"
following Hewlett Foundation report
addresses this potential in depth:
A Review of the Open Educational Resources Movement (OER) Achievements, Challenges, and New Opportunities http://www.oerderves.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/a-review-of-the-open-educational-resources-oer-movement_final.pdf (Start at page 33.)
- Learn, Teach, Share through YouTube
Curious about how to effectively incorporate YouTube into your classroom? Looking for ways to engage the visual learners in your group? Want to access a vast array of free educational content to support your lectures? Hoping to extend the power of your teaching to a global audience through video? Look no further than YouTube.com/teachers, a resource for educators of all levels that will empower you to learn, teach and share through YouTube.
Google for Educators
http://slideshare.com Powerpoints searchable by topic
Free Instructional Videos – How India is leveraging global video content
Social Media sharing site (to mash up is to utilize the work of others in creating curriculum.
A History of Global Educational Competition Partnerships Between Youth and Corporations
The role of youth, in partnership with corporations and foundations, demonstrating the educational and collaborative potential of the web is well documented. Starting in 1995, Thinkquest tasked youth in multiple countries to create the first collection of web-based instructional web sites demonstrating online collaboration in order to demonstrate the educational potential of the Internet. Oracle Corporation purchased Thinkquest and their sites include www.think.com for education.
Challenge Competition Library
http://www.thinkquest.org/library/ National Thinkquest competitions are held annually in many countries.
Explore some of the 6,500 student-created instructional web sites created.
International multi-classroom projects have been sponsored for 20 years involving millions of students in over 80 countries.
Global Schoolhouse is at http://www.gsn.org
Join the Global SchoolNet worldwide community and collaborate with 90,000 educators from 194 countries. Select the link to the "Projects Registry," and review projects posted by teachers. Note you can post your own projects and/or find other educators with which to partner for multi-classroom projects and review the Cyberfair project and other projects. Cyberfair has a long history as a international competition for elementary youth to create web pages to celebrate eight aspects of their local communities. http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsncf/ The World Future Society is a sponsor.
Claims to be the Internet’s largest community of collaborative classrooms engaged in cross-cultural exchanges, project sharing and language learning.
Intercultural E-mail Classroom Connections IECC www.iecc.org
easy to use interface and database to quickly locate and contact a
student or a
class from around the world.
Offers intergenerational partnerships with volunteers over age 50 IECC-INTERGEN
Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises
Social Entrepreneurship Teaching Resources Handbook
social media for the social good
online" a new Pew social media report just out. http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Neighbors-Online.aspx
Facebook Connect is the software by which most online systems can interface with Facebooks growing number of features. Facebook recognizes their future hangs on demonstrated meaningful applications in both the social outcomes areas, as well as the money making, smarmy, snarky, and sleezy mercenary activities.
Facebook Causes are often social causes, but can also be advertising venues to promote corporate brands.
Facebook Insights are analytics to show you how effective you are creating a following – for either your social good, mercenary, or combined social enterprise goals.