Connected Learning - Leading and Learning with Social Media Syllabus

Social media has become an important part of our private and professional lives and as such, it presents new challenges and powerful learning opportunities for K–12 students and educators. The goal of this course is to allow district leaders who may not feel comfortable with social media to acquire the practical skills necessary for successful implementation of social media in their schools and communities. The 7-module course provides strategies in developing stimulating and safe learning environments that can offer substantial educational benefits of the use of social media in education. 10 CEA Credit toward CETL® recertification.

 

Introduction to Social Media

  • Overview
  • Social media literacy
  • The SMILE project
  • The definition and characteristics of social media
  • Major forms of social media outlets
  • A tale of six districts
  • How teachers and students view social media
  • 10 social media skills for 21st century teachers
  • Connected educator
  • Module 1: Reflection questions
  • Module 1: Extending your study
  • Module 1: Activity 1

Social Media for Classroom Use

  • Social media in the classroom
  • Using social media for learning and teaching
  • Social networking within the classroom
  • How kids are using social media, 2013
  • The use of social media in schools, 2014
  • Teens, social media and technology, 2015
  • Blogs instead of the textbook
  • Facebook for instructional use
  • Twitter for instructional use - part 1
  • Twitter for instructional use - part 2
  • Backchanneling in the classroom
  • YouTube, Google + and LinkedIn for instructional use
  • Pinterest, Vine, Instagram and Flickr for instructional use
  • Social media etiquette for students
  • Module 2: Reflection questions
  • Module 2: Extending your study
  • Module 2: Activity 2

Social Media for Professional Learning

  • Formal, non-formal and informal learning
  • Connectivisma learning theory for the digital age
  • The honeycomb framework of social media
  • Social media for administrators
  • The why and the how: social media for administrators
  • Using social media for professional development
  • The networked teacher
  • What is a Personal Learning Network (PLN)?
  • PLE, PLC and PLN
  • How to build a PLN
  • Facebook educator communities
  • Twitter chats
  • Twitter hashtags
  • Classroom 2.0—a social network for educators
  • eTwinninga community for European teachers
  • Other communities for educators
  • Module 3: Reflection questions
  • Module 3: Extending your study
  • Module 3: Activity 3

Social Media as Communications Tools for Parents and the Community

  • Strengthen the connection between school and home
  • Home-to-school connections guide
  • Whole school approach
  • Parental involvement and technology use
  • Two-way communication
  • A survey on social media for parental communication
  • Tips for teachers to connect with parents on social media
  • Tools for sending text messages and push notifications
  • Tools and apps for teacher-parent communications
  • ClassDojo
  • ClassDojo messaging
  • Remind
  • Celly
  • Creating a Facebook page for your school community
  • Module 4: Reflection questions
  • Module 4: Extending your study
  • Module 4: Activity 4

Digital Media Curation

  • Digital content curation
  • What is content curation?
  • Understanding content curation
  • Content curation and PLN
  • Content curation and workskills
  • The pitfalls of content curation
  • Filter bubbles
  • How to start content curation
  • Tools for content curation
  • Module 5: Reflection questions
  • Module 5: Extending your study
  • Module 5: Activity 5

Responsible Use Policies

  • Nine elements of digital citizenship
  • Rethinking acceptable use policies
  • Moving from 'acceptable' to 'responsible' use
  • Rethinking state and school district policies
  • Internet safety and responsible use
  • How to create social media guidelines for your school
  • Challenges of social media adoption in schools
  • Student social media guidelines
  • Create your digital image
  • The digital footprint
  • Social media and accessibility
  • Module 6: Reflection questions
  • Module 6: Extending your study
  • Module 6: Activity 6

Other Practical Tools

  • Collaboration tools
  • Brainstorming and voting tools
  • Module 7: Reflection questions
  • Module 7: Extending your study
  • Module 7: Activity 7

Appendix: Social Media User Guides

  • Facebook user guide
  • Twitter user guide
  • Skype in the classroom user guide
  • Google+ user guide
  • You Tube user guide
  • Edmodo user guide
  • Instagram user guide
  • LinkedIn user guide
  • Other social media outlets