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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 29 2012: u r so right abt d classroom not keepring pace wid d wrld outside an hw digitised r personal spaces hv become ..v r alwys connectd an cant wait 2 post /share/tweet ,real experiences r less an less riveting bcs d web is addicting,infrmativ,entertaining an yr vry own place in d sun no mattr if its tweeple or fb frendsfere,trending u tube hits ..i c dis at hm wid my girls an at school wid my students..nthing pins interest as easily as a dash of tech smthing new,u hv 2 cmpete wid all dis BUZZ in childrens' heads an v hv 2 cut a swathe thru all that ...teaching has 2 be transacted in a way dat students wnt 2 buy in..yr choice of words' insert school' is excellent...an continuing in d same vein i hv been visualising smthing similar...each topic is presented as a common thematic unit after which options to customise subsequent lessons, wrksheets can be done by smaller groups who inject/insert their likes an choices into d learning landscape. The teacher will have to cleverly steer content and not let it be diluted...successful lessons can go viral wid dat group getting hits an creds
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      Mar 30 2012: I see where you come from, all and all, the teacher will need to be more tech savvy then their students. TED does much of this already and it is used in the classrooms so it's getting there.
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        Mar 30 2012: Christopher I agree with your point about the younger generation..but technology is already so entwined in our lives dont you think?so classrooms will have to align themselves with the times and ignite students' interest and meet the challenge of digi-things which vy for attention. And yes the teacher will have to know more ,teacher training will have to factor tech savvines using digital learning with imagination,humour and innovation. Technology it is being used in many schools,on TED as you say but is still avant garde at least not in India and most teachers are not clued in.

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