Social Media Tools for Projects and Assignments

Overview

Social media represents a broad range of applications, tools, and software that are meant for social interaction. Some of these platforms include: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WordPress. Today, learners expect engagement beyond lectures. These digital networks allow for users to experience different modes of communication.

The use of social media in the classroom can help provide students a foundational experience for exploring broad issues. Social Media can be utilized for writing, curation, and discovery. Moreover, it can also help to provide students the tools they need to be responsible digital citizens. By giving them these tools and skills to evaluate and contextualize digital content, students can become leaders in ensuring the validity of information.

You will find various suggestions for resources, tutorials, assessment, and possible learning goals in the guide.

For further questions or inquiries, feel free to reach out to any of the Educational Technology staff at their information below:

Jon Breitenbucher, Director: jbreitenbucher@wooster.edu

Emily Armour, Educational Technologist: earmour@wooster.edu

Megan Smeznik, Educational Technology Associate: msmeznik@wooster.edu

Maria Senoo, Educational Technology Associate: msenoo@wooster.edu

Goals

Student Learning Goals

Goals

  • Hone and build communication skills in digital spaces
  • Exploration of social perceptions
  • Collaborate and explore within digital spaces
  • Further digital skills to become an informed digital citizen

Expectations

      Students will:

  • Learn about and use new platforms to understand their benefits, challenges, and opportunities
  • Engage in thoughtful curation of their material whether through writing, discovery, or otherwise
  • Work towards building more effective communication with their peers and others
  • Use of features that are particular to social media tools such as mentions and hashtags
  • Attend and participate in any workshops

      Faculty will:

  • Specify which types of technologies and tools that students should expect to use
  • Clearly outline the project and its goals by working with Educational Technology and other campus collaborators
  • Define and present to students a clear outline of the project assessment

Parts of a Successful Projects/Assignments

  • Demonstrates an attempt to utilize a variety of tools, technologies, and methods in the project
  • Collaborated with peers, faculty member, and other groups such as Educational Technology (where applicable)
  • Meets the goals of the course and the assignment as set by the faculty member

Students should be expected to complete various posts/uploads depending on the type of social media tool that will be utilized for the course. However, basic expectations should include students engaging in thoughtful curation of their material, conscious choices, and effective communication with their peers and others.

Important Consideration

Students are highly encouraged to create a new account in order to protect their anonymity and to preserve their private, academic, and professional lives.

If you or your students have questions about this aspect, feel free to reach out to Educational Technology. We would be happy to discuss these aspects with you and your students.

Resources

On Campus Resources

Educational Technology, Morgan Hall 4th Floor, educationaltechnology@wooster.edu

Jacob Heil, Digital Scholarship Librarian and Director of CoRE, jheil@wooster.edu

Digital Studio and Production Planning Studio, Andrews Library

Digital Media Bar, Andrews Library

Example Projects

3 Students, 3 Ways to Use Flipboard

 Dr. Jessica Hardin’s Use of Twitter in the Classroom 

Dr. Katie Holt’s Wooster Encounters

Suggested Readings and Materials

Bryan Alexander’s, “Blogging literature: the Draculablog begins again.”

Chris Dede, “Social Media and Challenges to Traditional Models of Education.”

WikiEdu

Daniel Miller, et al. “What Is Social Media?”

Rebecca Onion’s, “Snapshots of History: Wildly popular accounts like @HistoryInPics are bad for history, bad for Twitter, and bad for you”

Jerry Saltz’s, “Art at Arm’s Length: A History of the Selfie”

Tom Standage’s, Writing on the Wall: Social Media – The First 2,000 Years

Common Platforms and their Uses

Social Networks

These digital spaces are typically used by individuals to connect with one another. Platforms like these allow for the sharing and the connecting of ideas between individuals, businesses, and leaders.

Facebook: As one of the largest social networking sites, Facebook connects individuals globally through friends, news/media, groups, and more.

Twitter: A micro-blogging site that allows users to connect globally through 140 characters or less. Tweets usually utilize mentions, hashtags, etc.

Blogging and Publishing Networks

Blogging and publishing networks allow individuals and businesses to publish content in formats that allow for discovery, discussion, and commentary.

WordPress: A content management system that is used by many for blogging and dynamic website creation.

Tumblr: A micro-blogging site that allows users to post content and media in a short form blog style.

Media Sharing Networks

These platforms are used to share media such as images and video to others. While these may seem like social network sites, media sharing networks primary function is to share media.

Instagram: A web based application used for sharing media (photographs and video).

Snapchat: Similar to Instagram in that you can share media but typically the Snaps are only available for 10 seconds. However, Snapchat has been rolling out limitless application.

YouTube: A video sharing platform that allows individuals to upload original videos, comment, and share.

Bookmarking and Content Curation Networks

These networks are used for discovery, curation, and discussion of new content and ideas.

Flipboard: Similar to Pinterest, but is considered a magazine style app. You curate posts while being able to share and collaborate. Flipboard has become a new favorite amongst educators for its ability to connect people, perform research, and post pertinent information.

Tutorials

Hoonuit 

More Tutorials Coming Soon

Assessment

Coming Soon