Welcome to Social Media in the Classroom – Part 3! Social networks provide a powerful tool for learning. Your students can participate in learning activities that are similar to their everyday experiences using social media. Let’s take a look at several specific lesson strategies.
The reverse classroom, also called the upside-down classroom or frontloading, is a trend in education that is really catching on. The main idea is to teach your lesson as homework before class starts. Then, your students are prepared for meaningful discussions or applications of their knowledge during class time.
How can this be done? With a classroom social network, you can add your content which may even be multimedia. For example, you may record your Spanish lesson or video your science experiment. It can be as simple as a YouTube video that introduces a concept. This is easily posted to your social network website. Then, using the forum capabilities of the website, students engage in an online discussion. When class starts the next day, your students already be familiar with the content and be ready to take it a step further.
Role playing is one of the all time favorite lesson ideas for social media. The concept is very simple yet generates powerful learning opportunities. Students are assigned to a role and they engage other students (who are also assigned roles) in character. Here are a few examples:
Try these ideas in your class. Your students will love it!
If you can use Facebook in your school, have your students create fan pages for just about any topic you can think of. For example, a math teacher can create a “Geometric Theorems” fan page. This is probably a stretch but you get the idea. Would students rather prove theorems on paper or by writing on a Facebook wall?
The collaborative properties of a fan page are a huge factor. Students can work together and the results of their work can be shared with the entire class.
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