Social Media in the Classroom

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Description

The course has been created for teachers who want to learn about social media and their application in the classroom.

Participants will learn about incorporating social technology into their lessons and will participate in activities in small groups and pairs. Emphasis will be placed on the most popular social media, and on their potential in educational settings.

Teachers will be provided with a wide range of practical teaching activities to enable them to make their classes more effective and enjoyable. Teachers will also learn about the safe use of social media, student versus teacher roles, and digital classroom management.

The course is taught through a combination of short theoretical presentations followed by practice activities, through which the participants will get familiar with the various platforms and techniques covered. 

By the end of the course, teachers will have acquired more knowledge about using social media as an educational tool to enhance student engagement and improve communication among students and teachers.

Concept by: Tatiana Speri

Requirments

Suggested computer proficiency: Basic

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  

  • Use different Social in the classroom: managing groups, interacting, communicating, sharing materials;
  • Make a search easier, create playlist about different topics, share and embed videos and playlists;
  • Manage a virtual classroom, send assignments, search and share useful materials, communicate with students and parents;
  • Propose tasks and exercises through Social Media; 
  • Understand ethical issues and the skills needed to manage privacy settings for a safe use of Social Media.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction & intro to technology at school

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities.

Intro to technology at school

  • What social technologies do you use in your classroom? 
  • Pair and group work activities; 
  • Social technologies in the classrooms; 
  • Reflection and questions;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Social networks in the classroom

  • Social networks today; 
  • Managing a Social Classroom;
  • Instructions, Monitoring, Feedback; 
  • Activities, reflection and questions;

Day 3 – Sharing platforms

  • Social video platforms; 
  • Social photo sharing; 
  • Activities, reflection and questions;

Day 4 – Importance of communication

  • Social Media for communication with colleagues, students and parents; 
  • Creating educational tasks using Social Media. 

Day 5 – Being safe online

  • Developing an e-Safe classroom; 
  • Encourage students to be digitally literate as well as safe and responsible social users; 
  • Reflection and questions. 

Day 6 – Course Closure & Excursion

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

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