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Sterling Spencer

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How might teachers implement sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube to engage students in their education?

Using today's social networking sites may be an excellent way to engage student in their education because students are already engaged in these sites. I could imagine a teacher taking video notes and then posting it to Youtube for the class.

The teacher may also make use of having a Twitter account. Instead of being forced to have all of the student's cell phone numbers, the students could just follow a teacher's classroom specific Twitter account. Using Twitter, the teacher could also post links to his/her Youtube videos.

This kind of thing could keep students thinking about school more.
What ways do you think teacher should implement social networking sites?


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    Mar 23 2012: It depends on the nature of the literacy. Twitter is suited to certain types of sound-byte sized communication but terrible for others.

    I think the real focus should be on audio-visual literacy. Kids making videos not writing stories.

    The talking, planning, editing (which starts to happen on it's own) and final product is interesting to create and produces results that pack a punch, so to speak.

    Thinking about ICT in relation to Literacy, the planning, drafting editing and "publishing" is the deep learning, the computers and video equipment are the (very expensive) paper.

    The added bonus is that people (kids included) have an intuition for this kind of literacy thanks to the much maligned and never truly appreciated home Television Set.
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      Mar 23 2012: Dear Scott I find your comments and the conversation very much of value and interest but with an added twist..I work with over age out of school illiterate children and prepare them to come to par with age appropriate classroom levels so have been using/devising different ways of audio visual learning adapted to students who cannot read and write but are otherwise intelligent and street smart.It is a challenge i am thoughly enjoying because finding better ways to teach children is a passion for me and im middle aged an not very techie I love the way social media has reshaped the way we communicate and c so much promise in the way learning can be made stronger and enjoyable

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