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Using Social Media in the Classroom
A Best Practice Guide

  • Megan Poore - Australian National University, Australia


288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

How much do you know about using social media in your teaching?

Using Social Media in the Classroom is an essential guide to Web 2.0 sites and services, providing both an overview of different types of digital technologies as well as constructive guidance on how to safely and intelligently use them as tools for learning.

This comprehensive, accessible textbook combines practical information on using all forms of social media for educational purposes and provides indispensable advice on how to tackle issues arising from social media use in the classroom.

Analysis of important contemporary topics is also including:

  • Digital literacy and new modes of learning
  • Digital participation and overcoming the 'digital divide'
  • Cyberbullying and understanding risk online

An accompanying website including additional resources and handouts supporting the book can be found at www.sagepub.co.uk/poore.

This is crucial reading for all students undertaking undergraduate and graduate teacher education courses, and practicing teachers seeking to improve their understanding of using social media for teaching in informed and appropriate ways.

 
PART ONE: GETTING STARTED: THE ESSENTIALS
 
Social Media and Education
Overview

 
The Recent Media Landscape

 
Why Social Media in Education?

 
Constructivist Approaches to Social Media Use in Education

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
Sound Educational Design Using Social Media
Overview

 
Designing the Task

 
Service Considerations

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
Common Aspects of Social Media Functions and Practice
Overview

 
Functional Commonalities

 
Personal Qualities for Successful Engagement with Social Media

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
PART TWO: THE BIG FOUR
 
Blogs
What Is a Blog?

 
Educational Benefits of Blogs

 
Blogging Models

 
Special Considerations for Blogging

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
Wikis
Overview

 
What Is a Wiki?

 
Educational Benefits of Wikis

 
Wiki Models

 
Special Considerations for Wikis

 
Wiki and Blog Comparison Tables

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
Social Networks
Overview

 
What Is a Social Network?

 
Educational Networks of Social Networking

 
Special Considerations for Social Networks

 
Using you Networks for Online Role Plays

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
Podcasting, Music and Audio
Overview

 
What Is a Podcast?

 
Educational Benefits of Podcasting

 
Podcasting Projects for your Class

 
Special Considerations

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
PART THREE: ENRICHING YOUR PRACTICE
 
Visual Media
Overview

 
What Are Visual Media?

 
Educational Benefits of Visual Media

 
Special Considerations for Visual Media

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
Instant Messaging, Chat, Skype and Twitter
Overview

 
What Are IM, Chat, Skype and Twitter?

 
Educational Benefits of IM, Chat, Skype and Twitter

 
Special Considerations for IM, Chat, Skype and Twitter

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
Bookmarking, Clippings, Mindmapping, and Polls
Overview

 
What Are Bookmarking, Mindmapping, Clippings and Polls?

 
Educational Benefits of Bookmarking, Clippings, Mindmapping, and Polls

 
Special Considerations for Bookmarking, Clippings, Mindmapping, and Polls

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
Educational Games and Mobile Learning
Overview

 
What Are Educational Games and Mobile Learning?

 
Educational Benefits of Educational Games and Mobile Learning

 
Special Considerations for Educational Games and Mobile Learning

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
Productivity Tools
Overview

 
What Are Productivity Tools?

 
Educational Benefits of Productivity Tools

 
Special Considerations for Productivity Tools

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
PART FOUR: SOCIAL CONTEXTS
 
'Digital Natives', New Learning and Digital Literacy
Overview

 
The 'Digital Natives' Debate

 
New Learning

 
Digital Literacy

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
The Digital Divide and Digital Participation
Overview

 
The Digital Divide

 
Digital Participation

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
Cyberbullying
Overview

 
What Is Cyberbullying?

 
Identifying and Responding to Cyberbullying

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
Understanding Risk Online
Overview

 
Risk Management

 
Legal and Policy Considerations

 
Considerations Under the Terms of Service

 
Considerations under the Service Itself

 
Summary

 
Resources

 
 
Practical and in-Class Considerations
Overview

 
Including Parents

 
Summary

 
Resources

 

'It’s the information provided in the book and on the website, and the ease of navigation Dr Poore has created in using social media in learning, that make it an essential resource for teachers. The extensive and useful contents pages clearly identify the ‘topics’: the nuts and bolts of social media, as well as the ways of accessing them, using them and thinking about them'
-James Dellit, J&J Dellit blog


'It is refreshing to come across a book which combines practical ideas, tips and considerations with serious pedagogical content. It considers how to use social media in the class, as well as why this is such as great opportunity to promote learning and what we should be looking for to ensure students are being appropriately challenged. It is written in accessible language, de-mystifying concepts for the beginner, and challenging experienced social media users to focus on higher-order thinking skills rather than on the 'bells and whistles' technology itself. Highly recommended'
>Margaret Meredith, Senior Lecturer Primary EducationYork St John University


'This book claims to 'bring together the information you need to safely, knowledgeable and creatively integrate social media in your classroom'. It does a good job.

It is not a step-by-step how to guide - there are plenty of those on line. It is an accessible, informative read that will give the teacher the background they need on the topic, ideas of how to get started and useful advice on putting ideas into practice. The inclusion of advice on how to scaffold the introduction of social media to learners is particularly welcome.

Importantly; risk, safety, the digital divide and anticipation of problems are discussed - the things that can otherwise put teachers off. Links are made to educational theory, with reference to further reading for those who want to explore this further.

I would recommend it to practicing teachers, trainee teachers and those involved in the training and development of teachers'
-Andrew Connell, Keele University


'Megan Poore's Using Social Media in the Classroom provides a balanced and thorough account of that ways in which social media and Web 2.0 technologies can be used by teachers to enhance and support the learning of students across the curriculum. Poore provides a strong rationale for the use of social media in the classroom, and carefully links the technological applications to contemporary learning theory and pedagogical approaches. Her treatment of the possible social media and web 2.0 applications is comprehensive and detailed, and contextualised within the broader issues related to young people and ICTs. Using Social Media in the Classroom will be useful for experienced teachers searching for ways to meaningfully integrate ICTs into their pedagogical repertoire and for teacher education students thinking about how to integrate their current use of social media into their practice'
-Nicole Mockler, The University of Newcastle, Australia


The book has been intelligently and thoughtfully organised and well indexed, creating a highly accessible book from which readers can quickly find and select the parts relevant to them....I can see this book being of immense value to a majority of students and teachers. It is practical, accessible, clearly written and direct.

Jillian Dellit
J&J Dellit, education consultant

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Ms Moira Savage
Institute of Education, Worcester University
April 21, 2015

Not just for students but a must read for teachers and lecturers too

Mrs Chelle Davison
Education , Leeds Metropolitan University
April 29, 2014

A really valuable text fro those of us who are not digital natives!
Full of useful information for beginners to novice level.
I was initally concerned that with ever-changing technology the text would soon be out dated. However, after reading, I believe the book will remain relevent as the content will transfer to new technology.

Ms Clare Winder
Teacher Training, Myerscough College
April 29, 2014

Excellent book on the topic highly recommended

Mr Sean Flanagan
Computing, Runshaw College
March 20, 2014

This book is 'highly' recommended.
It allows trainee teachers to analyse different uses of social media and their effectiveness in the classroom.
It makes it very easy to align current teaching practice to the ideas presented in the book to create an embedded approach to using social media in the classroom.

Ms Clare Winder
Teacher Training, Myerscough College
November 22, 2013

good book to highlight key areas

Miss Beth Anderson
business deparment , Motherwell College
October 28, 2013

A much-needed book, and I hope there will be a second edition.

Very easy to read, very interesting and very useful for all teachers and trainees.

Packed full of advice, guidance and examples, it is a book that I am going to be consulting frequently and recommending as a library purchase.

Dr Sue Howarth
Institute of Education, Worcester University
October 21, 2013

Excellent ideas, underpinned by theory and clear instructions

Mrs Ursula Quick
Department of Education, Darlington College
October 8, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - Social Media and Education


Megan Poore

Megan Poore is the PhD Academic and Research Skills Advisor at the ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy. She is known for her best practice approaches to integrating digital technologies into both university and school settings, and this includes developing strong digital pedagogies as well as sound approaches to risk management. She has also held the position of Assistant Professor in Teacher Education at the University of Canberra, and has worked as an educational designer at the Australian Catholic University, giving her a unique understanding of the issues that confront students and teachers in the integration of digital technologies... More About Author

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