sábado, 16 de abril de 2011

Social Networking for Educational Use

Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Hi5, etc. are some of the most important social networks around the world. No matter the age, almost everybody has an account in at least one of these networks. So why not to use them for educational aims? Why not to take advantage of them if the students already know how to use them and they like them?

These are just some points to consider when trying to make teaching more real and updated. The use of social networking sites for teaching-learning is so useful that you can be surprise about it.

By using Facebook, students can be in touch all the time and comment on a topic, share information or even answer to your questions while you keep closer to them. On twitter the activities can be also fun and the level of complexity can vary. For example, make your students summarize or reflect is a 140 character space, or analyzing texts with a short and specific participation. That could be perfect for you, since they have to synthesize their opinions and you don’t have to spend all your time reading only 1 post.

The following videos will show you some of the advantages of using social networks for educational purposes. Try them and make you teaching real!

Social Networking in Plain English

Twiter in Plain English

Social Networking Sites Have Educational Benefits

Using Twitter in Education

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