Preparing for a connected classroom
The modern classroom is making use of social media to foster interest in learning, to encourage participation, and to motivate personal and social development outside of school. However, in the rush to incorporate technology, educators often omit the critical step of finding out students’ media literacy skills.
Media usage patterns and abilities differ among individuals. These depend on personal interests, social economic status and peer influence, among other factors. Finding out students’ existing technological skills, their values and concerns regarding the Internet, as well as their social media ‘beat’ (online tools and websites they gravitate towards) will enable teachers to create more effective lesson plans and stay alert to risks such as cyber-bullying, online predators and harmful content.
Here are some questi0ns to start you and your students thinking about social media in your classroom.