Posts Tagged ‘media’
When folks ask me how to leverage on social media in education, one of the answers I give them is: Transfer what you do in your social use of the tool; do not transfer what you learn from using an LMS.
The other message is: Learn by observing what companies do with Facebook.
Thanks to CeL staff @raifanah who shared in our Diigo space, 5 Big Tech Companies That Are Killing It On Facebook, I have picked up some tips from the these big five:
- From Amazon: Converse with your audience
- From Dell: Provide useful how-tos
- From Samsung: Show specific uses of edtech
- From MS XBox: Provide teasers, trailers, previews, updates
- From YouTube: Share viral videos
The underlying philosophy of these corporate entities in using Facebook is putting your customer’s interests first.
The educator who wants to leverage on social media must want to put the learner’s interests first. “What do you want to learn and how?” should be key drivers instead of this is the way I teach and this is what I choose to let you know.
by Lori Greig
I spent a small part of last Friday reading all of the contributions and comments at one of the NIE confessions on Facebook. It was probably the most popular of the three I could find.
I walked away from the experience with three observations.
The first two were pointed out by participants of the confessions page. First, the use of English was much better than other confessions sites. Second, the page was not as popular as other confessions pages. Both these observations are understandable when you consider the demographics of NIE.
The third thing I noticed was the self-policing that happened in that NIE confessions page. This is a good sign of the power of expression being balanced by social responsibility.
Most administrators and policymakers fear social media because they do not understand it. I hope that they now understand that good things can come going with the flow and even embracing it. Good things like greater transparency, brutal honestly, and professional responsibility.
To this tweet I say, why the negativity? Especially in light of the fact that the linked article merely reports the growing adoption of social media for professional development.
I ask my own question in return.
Should the perceived, unrealistic, or ignorance-based risks hold teachers back from adopting social media and Web 2.0?
Yesterday a racist statement trended in the Singapore Twitterverse.
Since it contains foul language, I am not embedding the screenshot here. Suffice to say that this was about a Chinese woman complaining about a Malay wedding.
Instead I will post one Twitter reaction to that Facebook rant:
A few might take that tweet to mean “keep your racist remarks to yourself”.
I would go further and say stamp racism or racist language out. I had to take such action against one student teacher recently.
I embed the tweet below. I have masked the name of the individual and other identifying elements but left my Twitter handle intact as evidence that it was copied to me.
The context was a request from that individual to change the NIE Blackboard interface so that it was more user-friendly. That was reasonable feedback until that person decided to change “black” to the highly-charged and derogatory n-word that refers to African Americans.
I tracked the person down and asked for permission from one of his tutors to meet with him during class. I let him know that such a term, while not used in the Singapore context, was very offensive. It has historical, social, and political significance that affects policies in the USA even today. Only African Americans use that term now in music or when referring to each other playfully.
The individual I confronted said that he was just playing with the word “black” and recombining it with “board”. That does not make it right if you know the history of the n-word. Look for it. It is just a Google search or a Wikipedia article away!
Amy Cheong and this individual share common traits. They comment or vent on social media without realizing that there are serious repercussions to what they say.
They also do not realize that what they say is wrong. There is something wrong with their value systems when nothing seems to be wrong.
Individuals like these must realize that:
- Remarks like their do not give them immunity simply because they are on social media
- They will be found out and confronted online and offline
- There is much to learn (often the hard way) when confronted
In Ms Cheong case, her employers took swift action. According to Yahoo SG she has been sacked. While she has been summarily dealt with, this helps her former employer (they got rid of a bad apple).
The saga for Ms Cheong may carry on (a grassroots leader has filed a police report). While events online come and go at twitch speed, digital memories stay burnt online thanks to tweets, FB posts, and blog entries like this.
There has been a spate of local news of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students, or of teachers behaving inappropriately. The most recent was a report of a teacher making video recordings in a toilet.
There has been the expected public vitriol and the “See? This is why we need values education!” response.
But one response that surprised me was how at least two schools imposed gag orders. One involved a principal a while back and the other was a more recent one involving a teacher. Students were not allowed to discuss the event that was happening in their own school. One school went so far as to cancel newspaper reading on the day and time reserved for just that.
The gag order is an old school and pointless move. The gag orders come an order too late in the era of social media. The discussion is already taking place, often based on rumour and hearsay.
I can understand a gag order where the press is concerned because the school authorities are in damage control mode. But part of damage control is to have an open and logical dialogue with the ones you should be caring about the most.
Students nowadays are no longer a passive audience. They have a voice and expect to use it. We should be showing them how to listen, analyze, and use that voice responsibly.
Hiding behind old school walls does not just model outdated behaviour. In this day and age, I would argue that such gag orders are irresponsible.
Such events, although undesirable, are authentic teaching moments. The learners are curious and motivated to know more. It is not the time to tell them to close the windows and doors, switch off their mobile devices, and only focus on their textbooks.
The events did not stem from textbooks and they will not be solved with textbook answers.
by romana klee
When I read the STonline headline, Social media to be included in revamped sexuality education in schools [MOE's press release], I thought, “Great, they are finding an important way to reach them so that they can teach them.”
But headlines can be deceiving.
I discovered that the social media elements are the content and “cyber” kind. That is, it does not look like they will be using social media to engage and sustain conversation. The focus is also on how to “guard against strangers on social media”.
There is nothing wrong with alerting kids about stranger danger. However, judging only from the press report, they are not leveraging on social media as a platform or strategy.
Social media like Facebook or Twitter could be used to solicit views via polls or short responses, share up-to-date resources, and extend conversations to the real world. Social media should not just be used to deliver content or to be content (e.g., stranger danger, cyberstalking).
If you do not take advantage of social media as a platform and strategy, then you might as well use a musty, dog-eared book. If you do not engage them, you will enrage them.
Is social media making us socially awkward?
Social media alone? No, no matter what the graphic below claims. Folks who allow the tools to dictate what they do? Yes, quite possibly.
If you play the numbers game and are easily swayed by “info” graphics, you might think that Singaporeans spend two-thirds of the time Facebooking.
Social media helps you connect in ways you cannot do so face-to-face. It augments socialization when time, space, and circumstances separate people.
But it does not, cannot, and should not replace face-to-face socialization. People intuitively understand that no matter what the numbers tell you.
This is a tongue-in-cheek reaction to an over-dependence on social media. Enjoy!
Some of us have probably thought of making citizen arrests of inconsiderate drivers or wishing there was some sort of system to shame them.
Here in Singapore, at best (and worst) we have Stomp. But that putrid platform is a bad excuse for citizen journalism and does not make a dent in social justice.
It is so bad I am not providing a link to it. It should be stomped on and sent to journalistic hell.
In contrast, Parking Douche is a social media-based idea that leverages on ads and Facebook to name and shame errant drivers. It is a great example of social policing when the traffic police do not seem to be doing anything.
Too bad it is an Android-only app and limited to Russia for now (source).
Much earlier this month, there was a recent flurry of reports on the New York Department of Education banning student-teacher interaction on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
The NY DOE concedes that the platforms were powerful and did not ban their use for official and professional use, e.g., instructional, educational, or extra-curricular contexts.
Why did this policy merge? A few teachers and students used social media to take “extra-curricular” to extremes.
But the ban is almost like letting a few rotten apples stop the harvesting of apples from a ripe orchard. Lots of legitimately good apples are going to waste.
Put another way, social media provide teachers and students with platforms to extend conversations that are legitimate, powerful, and meaningful for learning. They provide opportunities for teachers to engage learners outside the classroom, not to get engaged to them.
I am all for creating safe environments for students. But banning social media is not going to stop inappropriate teacher-student relationships. The policy attempts to deal with the symptoms (e.g., inappropriate communication or relationships) but not the cause (e.g., poor morals or judgments).
Curiously, according to the New York Times article, the ban was not extended to SMS (texting) which is a more insidious method of communication. At least with the social media like Facebook and Twitter there can be a clearer trail of evidence.
One might argue that the NY DOE (or any school board, district, or Ministry who agrees with them) is simply asking teachers to draw the line between personal and professional use of social media. The fact is enforcing this rule is difficult because the social media use already overlaps both areas.
Why? Socializing, in its many modes and forms, is a human condition. We need to socialize to teach and learn. This does not mean having to reveal personal details or desires. It does mean bringing real life contexts and examples into the classroom and this could mean personal examples, e.g., writing about your family, relating personal experience to scientific concepts, or discussing value systems.
The worst thing about the ban is that it automatically labels social media as bad even though it tries to acknowledge that is has its usefulness. If it was that good, why restrict its integration into education? The ban casts a shadow over social media ruse. Teachers who are hesitant or fearful remain so. Those who have already bought in may fold.
All this is a big step backwards for education. This tweet says it succinctly:
There is a negative saying about teaching: Those that can do; those who can’t teach. Perhaps some of those who cannot teach choose to administer and they create policy to prevent those that can teach from truly educating.