I hope this post will be a handy reference guide, especially for those teachers new to social media technologies and how to integrate them into the classroom. This resource is by no means exhaustive, but it’s a good starting point for finding the information and people that will help you make the transition into a ’21st century learning environment’. I intend for this to be a wikipost (I will update resources as they are shared with me by others), so feel free to bookmark the page and check in periodically for new material. Enjoy.
Articles for Understanding the Importance of Social Media in Education
- Building 21st Century Skills
- Web 2.0 is the Future of Education
- Why Education Needs Social Media
- How Social Networking Will Transform Learning
- What Role Should Social Media Play in Education?
- 100+ examples of the use of social media in learning
Videos Explaining the Social Media ‘Revolution’
Social Media Revolution
Did You Know 4.0
The Machine is Us/ing Us
A Vision of Students Today
- Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century (PDF)
- Toward a New Learning Ecology (PDF)
- P21 Framework (PDF)
- Web 2.0 Productivity Tools
- Social Media tools by Social Media Classroom
- 100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner
- Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009
- 10 Tools for 2010
- 20 Online Tools to Make Learning Fun
- A Complete Guide to Google Wave
- Twitter Help for Educators
- 9 Resources for Website Evaluation Lessons
- 12 Essentials for Technology Integration
- Interactive Media Resources
- E-learning and Web 2.0 tools for schools
Blogs to Follow
- Free Technology for Teachers
- Social Media CoLab blog
- The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom
- education + tech
- The Technorate Teacher
- Constructing Meaning
- Steve Hargadon’s blog
- Derek’s blog
- Once a teacher…
- Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology
- more education/technology blogs worth reading
- Top 50 education blogs based on engagement
- Educational Technology Guy
- The Innovative Educator
- Twitter for Education
- Hans Mundahl’s wiki
- Social Technology in Education Lesson Plans wiki
- The Innovative Educator
Tips for Building your Network & Connecting with Teachers
- Seven Ways to Find Teachers on Twitter
- Twitter4Teachers Wiki
- 10 Places for Teachers to Collaborate and Communicate Online
Social Networks for Educators
- Classroom 2.0 (over 34,000 members!)
- K-12 Open Source Community – free, open source software for teachers
- Conversations.net – live interviews on the impact of social media on society & culture
- Worldbuilder – A Social Media Education Community
- New Media Literacies Community Site – discussing how to equip young people w/social skills & cultural competencies in the 21st century
- Discovery Educator Network – global community of educators focused on digital media literacy
- PBS Teachers Connect – discussions & free classroom resources
- Google teacher community – discussions & resources
- The Innovative Educator – connecting educators passionate about educating innovatively
- LearnCentral – connecting educators & resource sharing
- The Future of Education – charting the course of teaching & learning in a networked world
Organizations & Resources
- Socialbrite Sharing Center – comprehensive resource; tools, best practices, law
- Social Media Classroom – free & open source social media resouces
- Open Culture ‘the best free cultural & educational media on the web’
- Project New Media Literacies – research initiative based at USC; learning library & strategy guides
- Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies – Jane Hart’s site, packed with resources
- Project Look Sharp – media literacy initiative at Ithaca College; Curriculum Kits & Lessons
- Partnership for 21st Century Skills – organization infusing 21st century skills into education
- DMLcentral – digital media and learning: the power of participation
- futurelab – innovation in education
- Knowing Knowledge – theoretical views of knowledge and learning
- Social Media Club – a network focused on expanding media literacy
- Teaching Strategies – from Designing Effective and Innovative Courses
- PBS Teachers – preK-12 educational resources
- Tech & Learning – Ideas and tools for ed tech leaders
- Howard Rheingold’s Educational Technology bookmarks
- Steven Anderson’s bookmarks
- Susan Morgan’s bookmarks
- Milton Ramirez’s bookmarks
- New Media Literacies bookmarks
On Twitter – tech-savvy educators to connect with
@web20classroom – Steven W. Anderson; technology educator
@hrheingold – Howard Rheingold; prolific author & educator
@rmbyrne – Richard Byrne; teacher & educational technology blogger
@tonnet – Milton Ramirez; educator, blogger
@edutopia – info for what works in public education
@TipsForTeachers – Joel Heffner; instructional tech for teachers
@frankiesuther – KSU student; education technology
@Twilliamson15 – Todd Williamson; science teacher, tech junkie
@hmundahl – Hans Mundahl; educator; experiential learning & technology
@21stcentskills – Shawn Kimball; student-centered technology integration specialist
@akamrt – Gregory Thompson; progressive educator, EdTech blogger
@carl_young – Carl Young; English educator at NC State
@halavais – Alex Halavais; associate professor in interactive communications
@stevehargadon – Steve Hargadon; educational technologist
@c4lpt – Jane Hart; social learning consultant
@kate__k – Karen Schweitzer; former teacher, MIT grad, working for an education startup
@scmorgan – Susan Morgan; teacher; educational technologist
@daveandcori – David Andrade; physics teacher; educational technologist
@cliotech – Jennifer Dorman; Account Mgr for Discovery Educator Network; adjunct prof
@InnovativeEdu – Lisa Nielsen; mgr in Office of Instructional Technology, NYC DOE
@cmalamed – Connie Malamed; author & eLearning specialist, Information & Visual Designer
you can also follow this list, made by @ShellTerrell, and connect with over 300 educators worldwide
Live Chat on Twitter
#edchat – every Tuesday Night from 7-8pm EST; to learn more click here
Anyone aware of other good resources to provide teachers an entry point to social media, please let me know! I don’t want the list to get overwhelming, so simple, concise resources are best.
Hans Mundahl said:
Wow, this is a great post – awesome resources here!
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Some great resources!!!
Add the following:
Blog for educational technology, project based learning, and more: http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com
Follow on Twitter: @daveandcori – physics teacher and educational technology specialist.
Alvis Brigis said:
Awesome list. Wouldn’t it be awesome to feed the doc into a search engine and pull up any associated twitter accounts, then auto generate a Twitter List that corresponds to the post DNA? Or maybe that’s a task for Wave, use it to pull salient links out and fill up databases, then pass them over to humans for voting/vetting, then back to database from and/or Twitter list format….
Def include John Moravec and his educationfutures.com site, consistently solid stuff there.
Ethan Zuckerman at Berkman also dabbles in education, as I’m sure you’re aware, and it’s poignant when he does – ethanzuckerman.com
Also, the National Institute for Play is solid: http://www.nifplay.org/
And of course the Katie Salen led Institute of Play: http://www.instituteofplay.com/
Kim Caise said:
This is a fantastic list of ways to integrate social media for educators! Another growing social networking community is LearnCentral at http://www.learncentral.org. The site has grown to over 24,000 members that host webinars, share resources and communicate within the community. The community is sponsored by Elluminate and Steve Hargadon is one of the organizers for the community. Gailene Nelson started the network and has facilitated its growth by adding features and resources to help grow the community. It is almost as large as the Classroom 2.0 Ning in less than a year.
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Richard Byrne said:
Great list. Thank you for including me.
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Great post! Very helpful information.
One site no teacher should miss is http://texercises.com
A site which makes it easy for teachers to create new exercise sheets using LaTeX.
Jose Erigleidson said:
Congratulations! This blog is amazing!!!! A really comprehensive guide for educators interested in new media
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Steve Hargadon said:
Hopefully not too self-serving to mention http://www.futureofeducation.com, where there are a ton of interviews with great folks.
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shawnette via @simplek12 said:
Excellent post. These are really great resources!
Robert Iskander said:
Another Web 3.0 Platform for Teachers with easy on-demand access to free third-party applications and large content repository of teacher-developed and teacher-rated teaching resources.
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Awesome list! Here to add one more resource. http://www.twiducate.com.
Social networking for schools. Pure micro-blogging. No fancy gimmicks. Private networks for classrooms.
A tool created by teachers.
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This is a good bog for students they can easily access to the required destination through this blog.
Mr. R said:
Thanks for the mentions. I just want to update the new address to ‘education & tech’ : http://www.educationandtech.com/
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Wow. Just… thanks!
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