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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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    Apr 7 2012: Teachers are so fortunate to be able to incorporate technology into their teaching methods. What student these days doesn't own a laptop, ipod, or ipad? By engaging students with modern social media devices like Facebook, etc., teachers can better relate and more importantly get a point across to their students. Students younger and younger are more familiar with these social media sites and if a controversial topic or educational discussion was posted, teachers may find their students participating in discussion (rather than hand out a ditto and expect a written response). Rather than reject these social media sites in school, educators can use them to their benefit.
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      Apr 8 2012: Erica I am sold on twitter as a learning tool. I use it for professional learning journey of staff and can easily see how teachers can make use of this tool for their students.

      As the tweets are limited in characters it forces users to be consise and crystallize their thoughts.

      The different conversations can be saved which means students will have a record of their learnings
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        Apr 10 2012: Could you give a few more details please? I'd be interested to see if I can incorporate them into my teaching! Thanks, Alex

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