The Classroom of the Future: Teaching with Social Media

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Description

“Students spend far too many hours on Instagram and Tik Tok.”

“Why do students spend so much time on Snapchat?”

“YouTube… interesting educational content is hard to find it…”

Have you ever thought anything similar?

The truth is that, while one can easily complain about the negative impact of social media on today students’ learning capacities, social media also represent their most favourite channel of communication. Accordingly, mastering their language can provide a main advantage to get in contact with the young generations, and can greatly benefit education and teaching.

This course will help school teachers exploit the power of social media to engage and motivate their students, thereby keep the pace with fast change in the digital world. Participants will explore the nuances of contemporary Digital Culture, learning to recognize both its charms and dangers.

The discussion will progressively move away from the negative aspects and dangers of digital technologies (e.g., grooming, cyber bullying, problems in focusing and attention, Stroop effect, addiction) to the positive side and the responsible use of social networks and digital tools.

Emphasis will be placed on the most popular social media and on their potential in educational settings. Participants will discover many practical activities to use social media in their teaching, thereby improving their communication abilities with their students, and making their classes more effective and enjoyable.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to “speak” the same language of the new generations and have a clearer understanding of their digital and social world.

They will feel ready to use the social media for effective teaching, and to guide their students in exploiting the Web for the tremendous possibilities it offers.

Concept by: Iacopo Falciani

Requirments

Suggested computer proficiency: Basic

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to: 

  • Articulate a general vision about the role of technology and social media in building social relations and learning;
  • Understand the developmental challenges for a teenager in the digital age;
  • Be aware of the threats of digital technology for our lives (including Cyberbullying and Addictions);
  • See the positive side of social media;
  • Use social media in the classroom in to enhance students’ engagement;
  • Employing social media to strengthen teachers’ communication with their students;
  • Manage a classroom with dedicated social media;
  • Learn how students can positively use technology in their own private life, to understand the world and express their talents;
  • Introduce video and quizzes in their lessons.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction and the technology revolution

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools;
  • A shot history of the technology revolution;
  • The new paradigm of a digital native’s life: way of communication, emotional wellbeing and Intelligence, information overload, super stimulation, the paradox of choice.

Day 2 – Digital culture

  • What is the digital culture?
  • Security, safety, and privacy: digital risks for kids and teenagers;
  • Recognizing and responding to the digital threats.

Day 3 – Using social media

  • Knowing how to change your classroom with social media suitable for creating an engaging and effective classroom online environment;
  • Padlet;
  • Trello;
  • Quizzes creator programs.

Day 4 – Why not? Teaching with videos

  • How to use social media and videos to enrich your classroom and to let your students learn with fun;
  • YouTube for Education;
  • TED.

Day 5 – Social media platforms

  • The most famous social media: the old ones (Facebook, Twitter) and the new ones (for example Instagram and Snapchat).

Day 6 – Course closure and cultural activities

  • 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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Reviews about this course

The course is really enjoyable. Both theoretical and practical activities have been carefully chosen for the topic and have been excellently presented by the teacher trainer Iacopo Falciani. I highly recommend the course (and the trainer). This course was a very enriching experience, giving us new insight, new methodologies, and tools to apply in our school reality.

Jasmina Kostadinovska

Republic of North Macedonia

The training received during the course in Helsinki has been great. Great professionalism and clear and very useful objectives. I really enjoyed the opportunity to share experiences with colleagues from other countries; to be able to communicate with another language and approach an admirable culture such as Finnish.

Juanma Latorre Fuentes

Spain

The course is tailored for teachers who are interested in improving the use of social media to enhance the process of teaching-learning, engaging students through the media they prefer. The apps introduced in the course can be used by teachers with more than a basic level in the ICT and that want to afford the strategies of the community learning, or that can afford them in the term of accessibility to some devices in their own schools. Moreover, you could be surprised how funny it is producing games for your students and playing with them!

Donatella Arnone

Italy
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