module 7 using social media for teaching and

Associate Professor Dr Rosseni Din
Politeknik Ungku Omar
20-23 May 2013
What is social media?
• Web 2.0 tools and platforms that enable “user-generated content”
through writing and uploading to a webpage.
• Examples:
•Discussion forums
•3D virtual worlds
Video Clips:
• Social Media for Education
• Social Media in Plain English
Why we use Social Media in Teaching
and Learning?
• Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin
has welcomed the trend of institutions of higher learning
using social networks such as Facebook and Twitter for
educational purposes.
• "I believe that higher education should grow along with the
latest developments in information technology in order to stay
current with students. Social networks get the message across
effectively and that is what matters most.
• "Students usually respond faster to Facebook threads when
compared with university portals. Hence, it is a good move."
Why we use Social Media in Teaching
and Learning?
• Universiti Sains Malaysia Associate Professor Mohd
Kamarul Kabilan said the use of social media for
educational purposes inculcated a more positive
attitude towards learning.
• Research showed that 67.9 per cent of the students
interviewed said they had gained confidence when
communicating with their classmates as well as their
Why we use Social Media in Teaching
and Learning?
• The question of whether the tool was useful or
not depended on the lecturers and students.
• "Facebook's features such as the 'wall', 'notes'
and 'video upload's can be used for learning in
the form of exchanging and sharing of ideas,
thinking critically and encouraging
Evidence of Facebook Use in Teaching
& Learning
Source: Metro Ahad (19 May 2013), page 13
Selected Social Media in Teaching &
• The word blog is taken from the words web log, but is more
than a simple diary hosted on the Internet.
• There are dozens of blog hosts to choose from
• Recommendation: Word Press because ease of use,
features, & adaptability to use
Uses for a blog
• “scribe blogging”
• explanation of concepts
• embed PowerPoint or other slides & notes from class
• announcements
• practice problems
Video Clips
• Blogs in Plain English
• Benefits of Educational Blogging
• Using Blogs in your Classroom
• Blogging with students_ How and Why
• Using blogs _ wikis in higher education.
Blogger VS WordPress
Easy to understand and work with,
especially for newbie bloggers.
A little time is needed to get adjust with
Provides a gadgets/plugins store but you
can’t get all what you want without going for
a search in sites like bloggerplugins. They
have a good collection of plugins for blogger
Has a huge plugins store with every need.
You just need to search for what you want.
Provide a great range of free templates in
the templates store but don’t provide
dynamic views.
Provides cool templates as well as awesome
dynamic views, but for more templates
explore sites like splashytemplates
or bloggerthemes.
WordPress requires a certain net speed to
work with. You can’t operate it nicely in
slow speed.
Fast to work even in slow net speed like
GPRS and low bandwidth dial-up.
You can make your blog a guest blog so that
other bloggers can come and write on yours.
Blogger VS WordPress
Unless you know the other bloggers
personally you can’t allow them to blog on
yours as Blogger don’t has a guest blogging
Blogger requires less investment and less
technical knowledge as it doesn’t require
any hosting. You don’t need to spent money
for hosting, you just need to buy a domain
name from sites like GoDaddy and pay a
very less amount yearly.
Self hosted WordPress blogs require more
investment & technical efforts as they
require hosting facilities. So you need to
spent money for hosting on sites like
HostGator, every month or every year.
If you need to change your blog template in
blogger, then all your previously made
customizations and hacks/coding with the
template will get removed.
Your template customizations and coding
can be backed up, so that when you switch
to a new template you don’t require to work
once again.
WordPress is also a safe platform but the
number of hacking reports are more here.
You need to take some security measures to
save your blog from hackers.
Blogger is a secured platform and thus the
blogspot blogs are rarely hacked.
Selected Social Media in Teaching &
• Originally intended for people to post answers to the
question “What am I doing” in 140 characters or less, but
has evolved into much more than that.
• It is useful for announcements to students, especially if
you use hashtags(e.g., #ACHS, #NCTMDEN10, etc.).
• Hashtags begin with the # symbol and are useful for
returning targeted results from a search.
• “ShortURL” services,such as help keep to the
140‐characterlimit by shortening URLs to 20 characters
or less
Video Clips
• Twitter in Plain English
• How to Use Twitter
• Teaching with Twitter
• Connecting with educators online using Twitter
The 10 Stages of Twitter
Stage 1
• Sign up to twitter following persuasion/pestering by colleagues.
Follow Stephen Fry, a famous sportsman/pop star and a news
• Read a few tweets, don’t understand what the fuss is about and
mock anyone who uses twitter.
Stage 2
• Overhear colleagues chatting about twitter and a great article they
found. Promise to give it a go again and follow two or three
• Find articles interesting and wonder how to get more. Nervously ask
colleagues for help/who to follow and start to visit timeline a couple
of times a week.
Stage 3
• Think about posting first tweet. In an act of
tremendous bravery write: ‘My first tweet,
wondering what this twitter thing is all about?’
Sit waiting for a response – feel unloved.
Stage 4
• Upon realizing you have no followers ask
colleagues how to get them? Watch ‘how to’
video on YouTube and receive follows from a few
educators – strangely Stephen Fry remains
Stage 5
• Have a mini twitter conversation with colleague,
even retweet a couple of statements. Forget the
@name and wonder why they don’t reply to your last
• Back to ‘how to’ video and sob quietly when the
word hashtag is mentioned.
Stage 6
• Practice a couple of tweets that include @names and
hashtags. Compare with other tweets on timeline
and finally send. Remember to click on hashtag to
see other comments. Feel proud that you chose the
#edchat timeline and impressed with the amount of
followers some people have – decide to follow them.
Stage 7
• Retweet any link you find interesting as people might
read them.
• Begin to interact with ‘tweeps’ you have never met and
who seem keen to help you.
• Discover they are prepared to share resources that may
be of interest and tell them how great they are.
• Begin to tweet articles you find on the internet or
in Zite magazine. Enjoy the responses. Comment how
lovely people are.
• Followback anyone that follows. Actively search for new
people to follow (partly so they will return the favour).
Stage 8
• Thank colleagues for introducing you to twitter,
impressed with the knowledge you have gleaned
and your growing number of followers.
• Spread the word amongst friends and fellow
educators. React badly when partner points out
a mild addiction and a crick in your neck.
• Tweet how ridiculous it is that people aren’t on
twitter. Join in weekly twitter chats using
education hashtags.
Stage 9
• Reflect that twitter is an incredibly positive place and
everyone is full of praise.
• Realize there is a need to filter information and make own
• Start a blog to better communicate ideas and tweet to garner
• Understand that the more you interact with followers the
more honest the feedback.
• Direct message to your heart’s content. Feel pleased you have
developed a Personal Learning Network (PLN).
• Use the phrase ‘twitter is the best staffroom in the world’ on
numerous occasions.
Stage 10
• When seeking opinion from a range of people,
ask PLN to respond. Begin a twitter chat that not
only informs but provokes fresh debate and
develops your idea. Wonder what you ever did
before twitter?
Selected Social Media in Teaching &
• A wiki is more of a “total website” than a blog is,
though either can be used in place of a typical class
• Wikis are more adaptable to class collaboration
because they’re designed precisely for collaboration.
• You’re probably familiar with Wikipedia, and the
fact that anyone can sign in to Wikipedia and edit a
Video Clip
• Wikis in Plain English
Strategies for using a wiki in teaching:
• Problem solving
• “Real world math”
• Problems of the week
• Glossary of computer/accounting terms
• Collaborate with others polytechnic
• Visual arts
• Case studies
Selected Social Media in Teaching &
What is Facebook?
• A “social networking” site
• Framework for information
• Complex control of who can see what
• Users have a “profile” with a picture* and other
personal details as they wish, including “limited
• Facebook creates a newsfeed based on what your
“friends” are doing
• Started in Harvard University Feb 2004
• Later added academic addresses (.edu, etc)
making “networks” for “colleges”
▫ Oxford network has just over 33,000 people in it, out a
possible c. 45,000
• Regional and Employer networks also exist
▫ “Regional” anyone can join, but can’t change too often
▫ “Employer” requires email address in the right domain
• Opened to anyone with email in Sep 2006
• Facebook in Simple English
• Facebook for Your Classroom in 7 minutes.
Facebook features
The Wall
Messages INBOX (and threads)
Photos & Videos (with tagging)
Posted items (text and URLs)
Shared items
Privacy Concerns
• People worry about revealing their personal lives to
the world
• Tutors and Students may want to keep things from
each other!
▫ Restricted Profiles can help
• Identity Theft Risk
▫ Don’t show DOB and Home Address!
• Facebook staff can check profiles (for policy
• Things are “cached” on the web so even if you put
something up then remove it, it may still be held
elsewhere for years!
How to control privacy
• Privacy screen on Facebook
• Settings for:
News feed
Poke, message, friend request
• Don’t put stuff up you don’t want others to see.
Think about future employers etc.
Ownership Concerns
• Facebook T&Cs say that they own everything you
put there
▫ All content on the Site … are the proprietary property
of the Company.
• Copyright Policy is strict
▫ But don’t put things up you intend to publish or
otherwise claim copyright to!
 You acknowledge and agree that any questions, comments,
suggestions, ideas, feedback or other information about the Site or
the Service ("Submissions"), provided by you to Company are nonconfidential and shall become the sole property of Company.
Disciplinary Action
• Don’t name your employer and then defame
them or say anything to bring them into
• Oxford Students have been disciplined with
evidence from Facebook after post-exam
• In April, students at a Toronto school were
banned from an end-of-the-year trip after
disparaging remarks about a teacher were found
on Facebook
So why use Facebook for Teaching?
• Personal and professional networking only differ in
the content, not the tool
• Students today are “digitally native”
• There is a divide between the way they learn and the
way we teach
• We are the digital immigrants!
• Teaching students the way they prefer to learn may
improve attainment
Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants
• Have your students in groups?
• Have them as Facebook “friends” perhaps with
limited profile status. At least a student.
• Post and share URLs
▫ Weblearn material
▫ Reading lists
▫ Other online material
• Photos & Videos (but watch copyright!)
Facebook Group for Teaching &
• Groups
Posted items (Weblearn URLs?)
Group events and invitations
Groups for tutorial groups?
Don’t have to be a friend to be in a group with
• Personal messages & threads
• Cross-Institution Groups
• Subject-specific groups
▫ Try searches
• Groups or Events for specific conferences/meetings
▫ UCISA is experimenting with this
• Easy way to post and share videos and photos
• Universal across HE worldwide (almost!)
• Don’t forget ownership & privacy issues!
5 Facebook Tips For Education
1. Appealing to More People
2. Simplifying the Material
3. The Power of the Populous
4. Connecting with Other Professionals
5. A Convenient Connection
Additional Readings
• 50 Reasons To Invite Facebook into Your
• Facebook For Learning at UniRazak
• Make a profile if you don’t already have one
▫ Adjust your privacy settings
• Make friends with your neighbour
• Make your neighbour only see your limited profile
• Search for groups that cover your subject
• Make a group and invite your neighbour to it – or join an
existing one
• Have a look at the POLITEKNIK UNGKU OMAR page
• Search for some people you know
▫ Unusual names are easier!
Selected Social Media in Teaching &
Power Point
• Although PowerPoint has been around for
years, it is still the king of presentation software
• Here are seven ideas to use PowerPoint slides to
create new value for your social media in
teaching and learning efforts:
Ideas to turn Power Point slides into
Social Media in Teaching & Learning
1. Populate Slideshare
The fastest and easiest ways to start to
populate the social web with great content
because face it, we ALL have PowerPoint
Just upload presentation slides to SlideShare.
Within a minute, the slides had already been
2. Spice up a blog post
Mix up the media you use in your blog to keep
student’s attention
Embed Power Point slides in your blog post
One of the sharing options under each SlideShare
presentation is “embed.” Copy this code, paste it in
the “HTML” view of your blog editing platform.
3. Embed in LinkedIn
Display SlideShare presentations in your
LinkedIn profile
Simple and effective way to show what you can
do to your students
4. Create your art
You don’t need to use Adobe Photoshop
Power Point can help you to create illustrations
The latest version of PowerPoint has rich
photo editing capabilities
5. Make an eBook
Ebook may simply enhanced Powerpoint
PowerPoint is an ideal format to combine
content with interesting graphics and
illustrations in an effective and inexpensive
6. Integrate social aspects with teaching
and learning projects
• Post it on SlideShare. Shorten the link on
so you can track all clicks to the link.
• Embed the SlideShare post on your blog
• Have all students highlight the post and
link on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn updates
7. Create premium content
PowerPoint that you upload to SlideShare can
make the presentations private
Can easily create exclusive VIP content that
requires a password to your most valuable
customers and business partners.
Video Clips
• Life After Death by PowerPoint 2010
• Life After Death by PowerPoint
• PowerPoint made Easy - Make 3D Effects in