Using Social Media in the classroom – What do you think?
CBC Alberta @ Noon’s Donna McElligott had University of Calgary professor Patrick Finn taking calls on the new way students are using social media and technology in the classroom. It was a great conversation. Callers had a wide range of opinions on the matter. Here is the podcast: calgwildrose.xml
If it doesn’t open for you, here is the direct link: http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/calgwildrose_20110412_96303.mp3
What do you think?
We are all familiar with both Facebook and Twitter, which can lead to some pretty heated debates on their appropriateness in education. There are also social bookmarking applications such as Diigo and Delicious and social video websites such as Youtube and Vimeo. Even search engines such as Blekko that are using social networking strategies that allow users to share information and build their networks in different ways. Our politicians are using social networking to reach a larger audience which proved to be a particularly useful strategy in the recent Calgary election with Mayor Naheed Nenshi who used Twitter, Facebook and Youtube to get his platform out there. With the Canadian election campaigns in full swing, you can find all the candidates contributing to many of these networking platforms.
The following Rick Mercer rant sparked a huge movement with student voters across Canada who are now using social networking and social media to get their message out there. They are posting videos on Youtube and organizing themselves on Facebook and Twitter. The video posted on Youtube by University of Victoria students already has over 12,000 views and it was only posted on April 7th. Mount Royal University students in Calgary have taken a different approach by urging students ‘not to vote’. Read CBC article http://tinyurl.com/3mp4m7v
So what can education take away from this? I’d love to hear what you have to say.