Talking about social media in education

Talking about social media in education

Summary: Recently I was contacted by Toni Pennacchia, a student at the City University of New York, who was producing podcasts for an ecommerce class. She also happens to work with a cool film blog (http://spoileralertradio.

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Recently I was contacted by Toni Pennacchia, a student at the City University of New York, who was producing podcasts for an ecommerce class. She also happens to work with a cool film blog (http://spoileralertradio.libsyn.com/), but her real focus here was Web 2.0, social media, and education.

She produced six podcasts with folks ranging from me to a college student at Brown, to an instructional designer at the University of Massachusetts. The conversations are all worth a listen and, not surprisingly, are pretty diverse in their perspectives and backgrounds.

I've linked here to the podcast of my conversation with Ms. Pennacchia, but all of them are available here.

The take-home message? If social media aren't changing the way educational content is delivered at your institution, they probably should be. Even if you haven't jumped on the Web 2.0 bandwagon, there is quite a bit here to feed our thinking about how to modify our curricula using those "21st Century Tools".

Topics: Browser, Social Enterprise

Christopher Dawson

About Christopher Dawson

Chris Dawson is a freelance writer, consultant, and policy advocate with 20 years of experience in education, technology, and the intersection of the two.

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  • Perception is key

    It is time for newer paradigms. Children who believe in themselves and have a sense of purpose accomplish amazing things as do most people who have some sense of purpose. There are great things happening out there and in other cases there are lots of limitations and esteem stealing also going on. Perception seems to be the overall factor. Over and over when I've been able to satisfy the child's why with a purpose and vision that they can take on they move from half empty thinking to half full querying. Mistakes will be made and children need to make and evaluate them on the spot and retry a variation as part of the exploration. So many numbed out children by the time they reach junior high because the life is taken out of so many subjects. Perhaps university training should include how to play creatively units to help teachers get back life.

    I suspect I'm starting to get repetitious in my posts so perhaps time for me to step back a bit too.
    fcorless@...
  • Classroom 2.0

    Come check out 15,000 educators talking about the same
    thing! www.classroom20.com
    steve@...