This blog supports the ESCalate e-learning workshop at the University of Leeds.
Specifically the session on Social Media for Education, by Paul Ayres, Education Editor for Intute: Social Sciences who also produce the Internet for Education, a tutorial covering Internet research skills.
The slides from the presentation are available online and are also below:
It includes sections on
The exercises are intended to let you get to grips with the various tools mentioned in the presentation. It is assumed that you will have access to a web-based email account to register for some of these services.
- There is one exercise per service
- Plus an advanced exercise for each
- And a blog related exercise for each
- You can start to add to your blog by following the rest of the exercises
… or you are welcome to explore the links available through this blog.
Twitter – what is it?
- Asks what are you up to right now?
- Limited to just 140 characters
- Like the status update feature on Facebook – and that’s all
- Follow people you know, those you don’t, organisations, publications
- Part blog, part social networking site, and part IM tool
Twitter in Plain English
Twitter – an example
Intute: Education on Twitter features blog posts and new Internet resources on Education
Also follow other organisations / publication such as Education Week, Futurelab, BBC Education and individual academics
Twitter – possible uses
- Pointers to online resources based around a course
- Student reminders about deadlines
- Breaking down barriers and getting to know others over this “virtual water cooler”
- Keeping up to date for you and students
- Instant lecture feedback – are you Twittering about this presentation?
- 7 things you should know about Twitter by EDUCAUSE looks at this further
- The Intute Twitter 500 some suggestions on educational use of Twitter
Go to Twitter at http://twitter.com/ and register for an account
Add your first Tweet (short message of 140 characters)
Follow the Intute: Education channel at: http://twitter.com/intuteeducation
Go to the Twitter Search page at: http://search.twitter.com/advanced
Try a search term and filter the latest Tweets to those that contain links
Add your Twitter feed or the Intute: Education Twitter feed to your blog
Blogs – what are they
- Online diary style website
- Quick and easy web publishing
- Offer instant communication
- Regularly updated
- Require little technical knowledge
- A social / networking activity
- Links to other online resources
- Try the Guide to Using Blogs in Economics
- Example – Primary Teacher UK – information, news and resources blog for primary teachers in the UK
Blogs in Plain English
… or sample some blog related links from Delicious.
Blogs – potential uses – teaching and learning
- Replacing standard class web pages
- Professor-written blogs which cover interesting developments that relate to the theme of the course
- Organization of in-class discussion
- Organization of intensive seminars where students have to provide weekly summaries of the readings
- Requiring students to write their own blogs as part of their grade
Blogs – more potential uses
- Writing up as you go along
- Floating new or embryonic ideas
- Dissemination of research results
- Take advantage of the “invisible college” of fellow academics
- Engaging with the public to raise the level of debate on education issues
- Sidestepping the mainstream media for publicity
- Education blogosphere dominated by policy and e-learning issues
- Great potential for reflection? See Julie Hughes 2006 ALT-C paper
- Register for an account at http://wordpress.com/
- Add a new blog post http://support.wordpress.com/posts/
- Write a few short lines on how blogs could be used in education
- On the right hand side of the Edit Post screen, add the tag escelearn
- Publish your post
Chat with one of your neighbours, find out the web address of their blog and leave a comment on their blog post or on this blog at https://escelearn.wordpress.com/
All of the other exercises have an optional blog related element – you can start to add to your blog by following the rest of the exercises
SlideShare – what is it?
- Upload PowerPoint presentations so they are freely available online
- Easily embeddable in other services e.g. blogs
- Add an mp3 soundtrack / narration and sync it with the slides
- YouTube for PowerPoint
- Community features such as tags, comments, favourites, related SlideCasts etc.
SlideShare – an example
The effective use of blogs in economics education from a workshop, recorded after the event as a SlideCast – PowerPoint slides synced with audio.
- Initially presented to 25 people at the DEE conference in 2007
- Now viewed over over 2000 times, downloaded over 90 times, embedded in 5 other websites
- Adding an audio track makes a SlideShare much more useful, making it a SlideCast
SlideShare – possible uses
- Disseminating lecture material for revision purposes
- Discuss lecture material using the comments feature to aid understanding
- As a student assignment assessing virtual presentation skills
- Find other presentations on your topic – save reinventing the wheel
- Building up a body of resources over time on a particular topic
- Drawing together conference / seminar materials using a common tag or keyword
- Go to SlideShare at http://www.slideshare.net/
- Search for cfbloke and find this presentation
- Explore the SlideCast section and find one with an audio track
Create a new blog post and embed a SlideShare presentation in it
This can be particularly powerful when accompanied by an audio track.
What is a podcast?
A podcast is …
- Audio – videos are more likely to be learning objects and vlogging does not need RSS
- Regular – one audio file does not constitute a podcast, must have a sense of regularity
- Syndicated via RSS – otherwise it’s an online audio file that has been possible for years
Podcasting in Plain English
Podcasting in Higher Education
Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes is a UK HEA initiative which aims to explore the use of podcasts in higher education
Podcasting for Learning in Universities is a book detailing a range of case studies on the use of podcasts and provides a model for developing effective podcasts – much of this work grew oput of the IMPALA project.
Potential uses of podcasting
- Distance learning / self-paced learning
- Advanced or supplementary material
- Choice depending on learning style
- Promotion of research
- Topical updates related to lecture material
- Replace the lecture
- Student assessment and feedback
- Collecting data in the field
More podcasting tips
A Bakers Dozen of Practical Podcasting Tips – less theory, more practice
Podcasting and Audio in the Social Sciences – overview of key audio resources
My Podcasting Life … or the Reverse Obama Effect – lessons from various podcasting experiments
Podcasts links from Delicious – with an emphasis on podcasting in HE
- Go to Intute: Social Sciences http://www.intute.ac.uk/socialsciences/
- Search for podcast* and filter your results by subject – try Education
- Explore some of the recommended sites and try to find a podcast to listen to
Go to the Podcasting for Learning in Universities book support website at: http://www.atimod.com/podcasting/
Click on the Podcasting Model link and explore this podcasting model
Create a new blog post and link to an mp3 file by typing
Open square bracket
Type the word audio
Leave a space
URL of an audio file ending in .mp3
Close square bracket
… but all on one line
More details are available from the WordPress.com Audio support page.
What is YouTube?
- Number one video sharing site on the Internet, top 10 of all Internet sites
- Approx. 40% share of online video market – if it’s not on YouTube, it doesn’t exist?
- Ten of millions of videos are watched each and every day
- Vast majority of videos are “user generated content” – made by people like you and me
Is YouTube educational?
You may wish to compare and contrast the experiences of these two American academics.
Life beyond YouTube
- A day in the life of my classroom produced by Noel Jenkins
- TED conference of videos from inspiring speakers
- Open Culture great filter for educational video content
- Teachers TV useful for CPD and ITE
- TeacherTube videos for use in the classroom – a “safe” version of YouTube
- STOP PRESS Academic Earth lectures from Universities – mainly US and no education subject material, but one to keep an eye on
Online video – possible uses
- Distance learning
- Supplementary lectures (e.g. research skills, presentation skills)
- Contextualising an issue, e.g. old news footage
- Perspectives for students to examine critically (news coverage, activist videos, TED lectures)
- Screen capture (e.g. demonstrating software)
- Short humour items to break up a long lecture
- Student video assignment?
- Go to YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/
- Search for heaescalate and you should find a video called There to Care
- Repeat the above for the search term vision of students today
Register for an account at http://www.youtube.com/ and rate the There to Care video, leave a comment on it or add it as a Favourite
Create a new blog post and embed a YouTube video in the body of the blog post
… and the video will be automatically added to your post