Session 6: New Media/ Social Media, Collaboration and Sharing

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  1. New media is not considered “new” based on its release date. Rather, new media is a term used to describe non-mainstream technologies that communicate information that are mostly found on the Internet. It is a less costly way to disseminate information, as opposed to television and radio productions. New Media can include social media if that technology fosters collaboration and two-way communication.
New Media Social Media
Podcasts Google Hangout
Blogs Instagram
Video Sharing (YouTube) Whats App

  1. Advantages and Disadvantages of integrating newer technologies.

Teacher Perspective:

Advantages of integrating newer technologies into an online class: Disadvantages of integrating newer technologies into an online class:
·      Dissemination of information and course material is simple

·      Time stamped assignments

·      Evidence of collaboration

·      Organization

·      Reach more learners

·      It is a lot of work to keep organized

·      Your responsible for keeping current with new technologies and updates

·      Since assignments are time stamped, you are also accountable to provide feedback in a timely manner

·      Cheating is easier so you have to be familiar and able to identify your students’ work

Student Perspective:

Advantages of integrating newer technologies into an online class: Disadvantages of integrating newer technologies into an online class:
·      Rich media to gain information from

·      Engaging lessons and assignments

·      Time stamps hold you accountable

·      Flexible learning through asynchronous technologies

·      Portable learning possibilities allowing you to listen to lessons while driving, walking, working out, etc.

·      Collaboration with others via media technologies rather than meeting up in person

·      Assignment turn-around is quicker with an organized instructor

·      You are responsible for learning how to use the technologies needed in the course

·      Occasional technical difficulties

·      Not all technologies are free

·      Cheating among students is a possibility so you have to protect your work

·      Too much flexibility could result in major procrastination

 


  1. Examples of New Media and Social Media

New Media

Podcasts:
In a podcast, a speaker can give information in a short audio recording. The recording usually lasts between 5 minutes to about an hour. It is an example of one-way communication because podcasts do not always require feedback or for someone to talk back to the speaker. It can become two-way communication if the creator of the podcast asks for comments or questions. It is asynchronous.

Media Richness( 2/4):

  1. Ability of the medium to permit the communicator to use natural language
  2. The personal focus of the medium

Blogs:
This term came to be through the blending of the words web and logs. This is an outlet for people to contribute thinking and reflection about a given topic. It is asynchronous and may become two-way communication if the blog is made public to comments.

Media Richness (3/4):

  1. Availability of instant feedback
  2. Ability of the medium to permit the communicator to use natural language.
  3. The personal focus of the medium.

Video Sharing (such as Youtube):
This is also an asynchronous media where the video creator communicates information via video recording.

Media Richness (4/4):

  1. Availability of instant feedback
  2. The capacity of the medium to transmit cues such as facial expression, body language and tone of voice
  3. Ability of the medium to permit the communicator to use natural language
  4. The personal focus of the medium.

Social Media

Google Hangout:
This media allows multiple people to meet with one another online via webcam and audio features. It is a synchronous technology, allowing users to communicate back and forth. It is a rich media source as it I have never experimented with Google Hangout, but a lot of bands I follow have held web chats through this media.

Media Richness (4/4):

  1. Availability of instant feedback
  2. The capacity of the medium to transmit cues such as facial expression, body language and tone of voice
  3. Ability of the medium to permit the communicator to use natural language.
  4. The personal focus of the medium.

Instagram:
This is a picture sharing application/ website that allows users to share photos or 15-second video clips. It is asynchronous, however it does allow for comments. I use Instagram regularly to share photos and videos. There is hashtag feature which allows the user to create, in a sense, a group to categorize their photos/videos into.

Media Richness (4/4):

  1. Availability of instant feedback
  2. The capacity of the medium to transmit cues such as facial expression, body language and tone of voice
  3. Ability of the medium to permit the communicator to use natural language.
  4. The personal focus of the medium.

Whats App:
The following information is found on the website- https://www.whatsapp.com/. I love using Whats App with my family overseas. I could really see this being a great tool for distance learners because it allows for easy and free. communication
How it works WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.
In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.

Media Richness (4/4):

  1. Availability of instant feedback
  2. The capacity of the medium to transmit cues such as facial expression, body language and tone of voice
  3. Ability of the medium to permit the communicator to use natural language
  4. The personal focus of the medium.
  5. High Quality Examples for the use of new media/social media in online learning.

  1. High Quality Examples for the use of new media/social media in online learning.

Ning

Public High School Campus in Victoria, Australia

Although this article does not focus on the topic of online learning, I felt it was appropriate to my current profession as a face-to-face teacher in a public school setting. This teacher uses a social networking site called Ning to create a platform where students could interact via blogs, videos, and photos. Ning.com provides information on how the website operates. It protects privacy a lot more than using the typical Facebook or Instagram media. Casey’s premise was that students are already engaging in some sort of social media network. Her three arguments for integrating social media into her grade 8 math courses are that literacy is changing; youths bring multimodal practices to school; multimodal practice can reframe at-risk students as learners of promise. She did not want to integrate social media just to give in to the “hype” rather, she wanted to provide authentic learning experiences where students were connecting math to their own lives.

www.ning.com

Casey, G. (2013). Interdisciplinary Literacy Through Social Media in the Mathematics Classroom: An Action Research Study. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 57(1), 60–71. doi:10.1002/jaal.216

Twitter

Although there are hurdles such as student privacy to bypass, Twitter is a great source to give quick review on previously taught lessons, preview what will be taught, announce project deadlines. Twitter is limited to 140 characters. One way to get students to collaborate with such a limited amount of characters is to have them collaborate on building stories. That is what an eighth grade teacher from Maryland does. Hype? I think it would be very difficult to manage something such as a collaborative story via Twitter!

http://www.nea.org/home/32641.htm

Instagram
Online Language Instructor

This free-lance instructor uses Instagram as a way to foster language learning. She provides language instruction via Skype, however she has begun integrating the use of Instagram by creating a hashtag for language challenges. For February, she has set up a calendar of words that people will upload pictures for. For instance, today’s word is “outside” so students would take a picture to illustrate outside in the language they are learning. There is a lot of hype with using this social media, but done carefully, the results could be great!

http://www.lindsaydoeslanguages.com/using-instagram-for-language-learning/


  1. I found Lindsay does Languages to be very inspiring for applying a social media technology with online students. She uses Instagram as a tool for teaching and practicing languages. MIT uses instagram with the user name Mitpics for various reasons as well. For example, they recently asked followers to locate the number two all around campus. With their caption, they gave multiple facts about the number 2. With these two examples, I could see myself using Instagram to create a type of scavenger hunt with my students. However, I teach sixth grade and the minimum age to have an Instagram account is 13 years old. Therefore, Twitter would be the way to go if I wanted students to share photos via social network media. Twittter allows users to share photos and text of 140 characters or less.
Subject Grammar/Word Work
Grade Level 6th Grade
Social Media Twitter
Reason Students will be able to post photos that illustrate the vocabulary words we have studied using a class designated hashtag and appropriate captions.
Teaching Guidelines I would post the Twitter Terms of Service on our LMS. According to some of the websites I visited, there are options such as grouptweet and partytweet that allows multiple users to share a Twitter account. I am unsure how students would be held accountable for posting their own original work in a group account, so I would have students create their own Twitter accounts and allow me to follow them. There are a few other resources I can look into to give my students a clear written list of guidelines for using Twitter.

https://support.twitter.com/groups/50-welcome-to-twitter#: This gives a list of FAQs that will be very helpful.

http://www.fractuslearning.com/2012/12/19/students-twitter-for-research/: This is an article that gives ideas of how Twitter could be use for research projects.

http://journal.jaltcall.org/articles/5_3_Mork.pdf: Info on signing up for Twitter, creating group accounts, basic rules for students to follow, initial activities for Twitter in the classroom.

Longevity of Program Students could use Twitter over the time of a ten week course, tweeting photos at least once a week (or once for every lesson).
Types of Interaction Students would interact with one another, with the instructor, and essentially with the world by uploading photos or videos they have shot to illustrate words that we are studying.
Evaluation I would need to develop a rubric to grade their tweets objectively. Basic criteria would be that tweets were made on or before the deadline, the photo related to a word we studied, that a caption was created to give information about the word, and the hashtag was used in the tweet.
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About Margarita

This is my second year as a graduate student at CSUSB. I have taught in the Riverside Unified School District for eleven years. The Instructional Technology program has been extremely beneficial to my professional development as it has helped me use innovative ways in providing instruction an support to my sixth graders.
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8 Responses to Session 6: New Media/ Social Media, Collaboration and Sharing

  1. Margarita says:

    I was curious since I hadn’t seen an age requirement on Twitter’s Terms of Service. I know most social media have some sort of minimum age limit. This article answered my question.
    http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/social-media-minimum-age/501920

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  2. Hi Margarita,

    I liked the social media you decided to focus on. I have never heard about What’s App and Google Hangout (until I read about Google Hangout today). These are great resources.

    I like the manner in which you represented your information in lots of tables so it was easy to read.

    Guillermina

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    • Margarita says:

      Hi Guillermina,
      Thank you for your positive remarks. I really like What’s App because I am able to connect with family who lives a long ways from home. Although most other social network sites offer a private messaging component, I think what’s app offers a text/ phone call type connection.

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  3. Hi Margarita, This was a very nicely organized presentation. Your explanation of the different resources was very clear. Your breakdown of student vs. teacher perspectives was well thought out in my opinion. Good job!

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  4. I also enjoyed learning about some sources e.g. “LindsaydoesLanguages” that I had not heard of before.

    Thanks.
    Kristine

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    • Margarita says:

      Hi Kristine,
      Thank you for the feedback. I think Lindsay found a dynamic way to use Instagram. I wonder how long a sixth grader or middle schooler would maintain the level of engagement needed to keep a project like that ongoing, though. My idea is similar to hers, only I would use Twitter instead. I don’t think o would necessarily implement that this school year, but it’s an idea for the future.

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  5. edtechy says:

    Outstanding job!

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  6. lgersitz says:

    You blog is so easy to read and contains a lot of great information. You made me realize I need to go back and give photo credits on my images. 🙂

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