EdTech 543: Social Media in the Classroom

I loved this assignment and ended up getting so much out of it! I used a combination of Google and Pinterest to explore social media projects in the classroom. As a marketing teacher, I teach a unit of social media marketing in my advanced marketing class. It was awesome to be able to discover what was out there for projects, curriculum, and activities in social media marketing. I am so excited to to use these resources in my classroom next semester.

*Updated 10/29/16* It was brought to my attention that I needed to show HOW these projects have been implemented in the classroom. Along with my Pinterest board, I have provided explanations for each on how each of these case studies or projects were successfully used to enhance the use of social media in the classroom. I added in some additional case studies and went back to describe some of my original resources to explain how they have been already implemented.

This case study from Stephen F. Austin State University examines the importance of implementing social media platforms in marketing courses. This study describes social networking, mircoblogging, media sites, and social games. In the media sites section, it discusses the use of Pinterest in the classroom as a means of having students express ideas and organize information. I would like to do this in my marketing classroom by having students create Pinterest boards about various marketing topics.

This case study describes the implementation of the benefits of using Twitter as a collaboration tool between students at the University of Leicester. This would be beneficial in a high school classroom setting for students to get assistance with homework/studying, to post questions or sharing their work.

This case study from Marquette University describes students successfully implementing a fan page to increase social media use on campus. The study increased student engagement campus-wide. This could easily be replicated in a high school setting creating and managing a page for the school that could be student ran.

This case study from Memorial University studied the success of a large enrollment classroom implementing the use of Twitter. For each week, the were to post an initial Tweet and then one follow up Tweet as a form of discussion with their classmates. The case study yielded positive results and reactions from the students. This would be beneficial to create for all 3 of my marketing 1 courses to allow for collaboration for all sections as a whole, rather than just within each class.

This article describes how social media is being utilized in classrooms today. The article gives and example of a 7th grade classroom implementing the use of Skype and Wikispaces to collaborate with students outside of the country. This would be awesome to do when teaching about international business in my marketing classes. Through social media sites such as these, communication becomes an option and learning is expanded through new experiences.

Hoot Suite University blog post: This blog post describes the use and successful implementation of HootSuite University. Teacher and blog author Karen Freberg uses this curriculum in her classroom each semester. There are numerous projects for students learning about social media marketing in the areas of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Tumblr, ROI, branding, social media for businesses, and much more! Project activities can be found here.

This is an awesome activity created by PBS that would get marketing students thinking about the story behind a small local businesses and using Instagram in order to share a company’s history. Fun activity to share with the community and interact with one another! The use of the hashtags are active and have been utilized by many schools.

This blog post gives students a 30 day Twitter challenge. Each challenge has an example of how it was implemented in the classroom. There are fun and engaging posts for each day and it allows students to apply some of the challenges to their place of work.

Curriculum for a High School Social Media Class JEADigitalMedia.org created by Teacher Beth Phillips. This curriculum download (at the bottom of the page) is awesome! See page 3 for successful implementation of the curriculum. It would be very engaging for my students to be able to moderate Twitter chats or use Twitter to describe what they are learning in the classroom in 140 characters or less. There are several additional activities described in the curriculum.

I found this project on a blog called Sam & Scout. It is a social media inventory assignment for high school students. It was implemented by having students track their last 100 posts on the social media platform of their choice and categorize each post depending on what the post was about. Then students create a social MEdia visual that shows that percentage that each post makes up. An example is shown below. This will allow students to see what they post most about and if there are some post categories that they probably shouldn’t be posting about. It examines their digital footprint and gets them thinking about what future employers and colleges might think about their posts.


Here is the link to my Pinterest Board sharing my resources! Click on each to view and read its description. **Note: there are some additional resources that I pinned that did not show evidence of implementation, but I wanted to keep them as resources that I can use in the future šŸ™‚

EdTech 543: PLE Diagram Reflection

Before creating my personal learning environment (PLE) diagram, I decided to break it down into for categories. I came up with explore, create, collaborate, and share. Then, I brainstormed a list of networks, resources, and tools that I utilize in each category. It wasn’t surprising that some of these ended up in multiple categories. After seeing my classmates great ideas I wanted to come up with a visual that really focused on the connection between the 4 areas. I Googled “connect” and saw a picture of hands coming together. This was my inspiration! I decided to show through icons that there is an overlap in some categories and that in order to have a beneficial PLE, they must be connected and working together. I used Piktochart to create my image and I am pleased with the finished product!

What I learned while creating this graphic is that I have really expanded my PLE. Prior to this course and other courses at Boise State, I feel as though my PLE was rather one-dimensional, sticking to social media sites, resources, and tools that I have used before and am comfortable with. I have really expanded my PLE by discovering and exploring new resources and tools. This PLE will only continue to grow as I network with others.


Image created by Ally Gilin using Piktochort

There were multiple great examples created by my classmates. Like myslef, Mary divided her PLE into 4 categories: creating, communicating, connecting, and collecting. Although her categories had a few different names than mine, our ideas where similar. I loved her puzzle piece example. We are different in a few of the icons that we chose to represent. I only use Google docs and Gmail when completing graduate work, but I didn’t really think to include those in my graphic!


Image created by Mary Carter

Jasmine had an awesome graphic using a Christmas tree has her visual. She also divided her PLE into four categories: collect, communicate, create, and collaborate. I noticed that Jasmine included Voice Thread which is a tool that I don’t use that often. She also added PowToon which is something that I will have to explore its uses! Feedly was an icon that I should have added to my PLE, but just forgot about it!


Image created by Jasmine Quezada

Katie’s Venn diagram approach was similar to my thought process of different areas overlapping. Her for areas includedĀ collecting, connecting, publishing,Ā andĀ reflecting.Ā I really liked that she added the reflection aspect. This is something that I did not consider when creating my own PLE.


Image created by Katie Lauritsen

Alanna did an awesome job creating a unique Bee Hive visual. Again, it was broken down to 4 categories, the bee, sources, hive, and the new product. The man difference in our PLE’s is that I did not mention much about the “bee,” or the teaching doing the collecting. None of this would be possible without the teacher!


Image created by Alanna Shaw

KristiĀ divided her PLE into 4 categories as well:Ā research, create, connect,Ā andĀ share. A difference from others is that she displayed her PLE as a process, using arrows to show the connection to one another. I enjoyed this about her visual. The icons that we used to describe our PLE’s were very similar. She added in Edutopia which I could have put on my graphic as well as Canvas.


Image created by Kristi Christensen

Finally, David continued the categorical trend: connecting, collecting, reflecting, and publishing. A few icons that he included in his graphic were Dropbox and a Wifi signal. I do not use Dropbox often, but think it was really important that he included the Internet. This is something that I should have added to my graphic, many of the other resources and tools would not be available without a proper Internet connection.


Image created by David Yargo

Overall, there was a common theme of dividing a PLE into 4 sections. Regardless of what each class member referred to each category as, they were similar in nature. Although a majority of the resources and tools were similar, there were some differences. This is because it is a personal learning environment and it will be unique to each individual person depending on preference. As mentioned, there were some icons that I did not have that others did that I would have benefited from including in my PLE image. This assignment reinforces that our PLE is always growing. What may work one day may be replaced by better tools or resources. This is why staying connected is vital and as educators, we should always be seeking to be life-long learners.

EdTech 543: Online Communities

For this week’s module, we were to find 4 new, online, educational communities to join. It was difficult at first to find communities that were current and active. Another struggle that I faced was that for the LinkedIn groups, your membership must be approved. This meant a delay in being able to view the content in each community. I found 4 online communities, two linked in groups and two Google+ groups that will benefit me! They are described below.

Social Media Marketing LinkedIn Group: This group was of interest to me because I teach marketing and I wanted to see the world of social media through a marketing perspective. In my advanced marketing course that I teach, I teach a unit on social media marketing. I thought this would be a great group to join to stay up to date on current social media marketing trends and also find information that could assist in the teaching of this unit in my class.


Mobile Marketing & Advertising LinkedIn Group: This group was of interest to me because it again relates to what I teach. I wanted to join this group because of the mobile aspect of marketing that was included and advertising is one of my favorite units to teach. Currently, some of my advanced marketing students are completing marketing research projects and I found some beneficial articles that I will share with them.


Google Apps in Education Google+ Community: This group will be very useful to me. Although we are not a “Google school,” I still use Google Docs quite frequently. Being a member of this page will allow me to stay up to date with the most current Google Apps and trends and will also be a good place to go when I am struggling with a feature of how to do something in Google Docs.


Educational Technology Google+ Community: This is an awesome group for any EdTech needs. There are numerous articles that include current trends in EdTech, suggestions for apps, technology in the classroom, blog posting, etc. I am excited to utilize this community in the future as there were many interesting and useful resources available!


EdTech 543: Live Virtual PD!

Over the last few modules, we were assigned to attend 8 live PD events: 4 Twitter chats and 4 Webinars. I was very interested to see what I would think of these live events and ended up getting a lot out of each! The Twitter chats were honestly a lot of fun, I had no idea that an hour could fly by so fast! Here is a PowerPoint of screenshots of my participation!

#edchat: (Participated on 10/4/16). This was my first Twitter chat. There were two moderators and several participants. The question for the night was “Many educators are dissatisfied with PD. What are the specific shortcomings of PD as you know it?” To begin, I used TweetDeck, but still found it hard to keep up and read what everyone was saying all while replying to the different responses that were coming in at rapid fire! It was also difficult to filter out Tweets that were not intended for the specific #edchat, but rather came up as people unaware of the chat posted and used the hashtag. Although somewhat beneficial to discuss, there wasn’t a lot of organization with the chat and we kind of just rambled the whole time. I contributed by saying that the best PD that I have been to was when we went to different stations and learned about resources/tips from our teacher colleagues. It was interesting to hear about the amount of people who feel as though their district’s PD is not beneficial to them. See the archive for the Twitter chat here!

#busedu: (Participated on 10/4/16). This Twitter chat was AWESOME! It was moderated by Sean Crevier and Nebraska native Mickie Mueller.This chat was very well organized and engaging, explaining chat norms of using Q1, A2, etc. for responses to each question. The moderators made the chat very fun and even included a brain break! In the end, they gave out a prize, Mickie archived the chat and sent it to us which was awesome! Through this chat I gained multiple new resources that I can use in my classroom and also expanded my PLN to new business educators (and joined a BusEd Facebook group!) Looking forward to participating in this chat again each month! See the archive for the Twitter chat here!

#21stedchat: (Participated on 10/16/16). I heard about this chat from other #EdTechSN students via Twitter and thought that it would be a great one to participate in! Like the #busedu chat, this chat was well organized with the Q1, A1 format with different questions asked. I got some really great edtech resources and am very excited to look at some of the apps that people suggested. One specifically is called Aww, which is an app that is an interactive whiteboard. I think this would be great to use in my classroom as a quick way to check for understanding. Another app that I am going to check out is Explain Everything. It has similar features and I am going to compare the two to see which would work better in my classroom. Very beneficial chat with numerous resources that I had no idea about! See the archive for the Twitter chat here!

#formativechat: (Participated on 10/17/16) This chat was great! There were 3 main questions that really made me think about formative assessment, what grade reports REALLY mean, and what we as teachers can do to not only help students, but communicate with parents as well. I had originally planned on participating in the #edtechchat, and as I was waiting for it to begin I stumbled upon this one! Not only do I have a new resource to check out (Formative), but I was also introduced to the site Participation Learning that made keeping up with the chat super easy! Below are the three questions that we discussed during the chat. See the archive for the Twitter chat here!


In the beginning, I struggled to find free, educational Webinars that were relevant to me and fit into my schedule as many occur between 1-3 pm CT when I am teaching. Here is a summary of each Webinar that I attended. All Webinars were through edWeb.

What’s the Fuss All About? Bringing Social Media into the Classroom (Participated on 10/5/16): I really enjoyed this Webinar and came away with some great new resources that I am excited to try out! This Webinar was presented by Jennifer Smith, Instructional Technology Coach at South Middle School in Arlington Heights, IL. There were over 200 people participating in this Webinar and the conversation was very beneficial. We collaborated about technology and social media tools that we currently use in our schools and Jennifer gave us additional resources. Ideas included using Tadpoles, Edmodo, Seesaw, Schoolology, and Animoto. I had not heard of many of these. Jennifer then discussed simple ways to use social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter in the classroom for things such as sharing work or exit tickets. This was exciting as I was able to contribute by explaining way that I currently use social media in my classroom. This was one of my favorite Webinars! Here is the webinar chat log to show my contributions during the Webinar and my participation certificate.

Fostering Understanding, Empathy, and Dialogue in Our Students (Participated on 10/10/16): The title of this Webinar was a little deceiving. My understand was that we were going to understand tips to foster understanding, empathy, and dialogue with our students. I was excited for this because I feel like these are characteristics that many students in this generation are lacking greatly. However, the Webinar was still beneficial and was presented by Generation Global. The presenters discussed the FREE resources that connect students to one another in classrooms all around the world. This is done via videoconferencing and takes students beyond the classroom and textbook. Each video conference is moderated by a trained Generation Global facilitator. This would be very cool for my own marketing classes in order to connect with students in a different country and learn more about international business. Here is the the webinar chat log to show my contributions during the Webinar and my participation certificate.

Building Brand Loyalty for K-12 Public Schools (Participated on 10/13/16): This was my other favorite webinar and it discussed the importance of building brand loyalty in public schools. It was presented by Teri Wilson, who is the Chief of Staff for the Grand Prairie Independent School District in Texas. She compared the image of school district to the importance of having a positive brand image for a company or product. This was awesome coming from a marketing teacher standpoint! Wilson discussed how they go about training their staff to represent their “brand” and that it only takes one bad moment from one person to tarnish the reputation. In addition, she discussed how they market and advertise their school to parents and future students. This was an excellent Webinar and I really enjoyed attending! Here is theĀ webinar chat log log to show my contributions during the Webinar and my participation certificate.

Leading for Writing Fluency: Language and Basic Skills Fluency for Argumentation and Editing (Participated on 10/17/16). I was surprised how much I got out of this Webinar! It was presented by Kevin Bard. He broke down the writing process and gave great tips! He discussed the importance of teaching students to analyze vocabulary before they can understand the text as a whole. He expressed the importance of having a solid prompt for students to write about. Something interesting that he discussed is that writing should be collaborative. I had never thought of writing in this way. I asked the question of “how do you make sure that these groups are productive?” He answered by making sure that the topic is rigorous and that you have high expectations set in place for such collaborations. Finally, he gave all participants access to numerous writing prompts and the resource IXL that gives micro skills and practices for students of all ages. Here is the webinar chat log! My participation certificate will be in tomorrow šŸ™‚

Overall, I feel as though my brain is currently overloaded with new ideas and resources, but I really enjoyed the different types of live PD that I participated in! I gained a lot from the live Twitter chats including resources, insights, ideas, and new people to follow and expand my PLN. I am excited to participate in Twitter chats in the future. They are quick and easy ways to learn something valuable in a short amount of time! The Webinars were also a good way to expand your resources, knowledge, and PLN. I would definitely suggest Twitter chats and Webinars other teachers!

EdTech 543: Creating a Positive Learning Environment (curated content)

For this week’s module, we were assigned to pick a topic and use a curating tool to find 25 resources that aligned with our topic. I chose the topic of ways to create a positive learning environment. I used the tool Scoop It and loved it! I had no idea that such amazing tools existed. Before this discovery, I was a person that wouldĀ  just bookmark resources that I found valuable and then struggle to find it later when I needed it. Those days are long gone and I can now organize everything in one place according to each topic! I am very excited to use this tool again. Click here to view my curated content!

Click to look at my self-assessment using our group’s curation criteria.

EdTech 543: Criteria for Effective Curation

This week our group of Katie, Ben, Jasmine, and myself created an alphabet to describe effective curation (via great idea of Katie!) I thought our group worked very well together. We used email, Facebook messenger, and the Google Doc to communicate with one another. Katie jumped right in, creating the Google Doc and came up with a creative idea of the alphabet to express our criteria. Next, the rest of our group members completed research and added in our contributions. I think our alphabet turned out awesome! I learned a lot about curation in the process and honestly had no idea what it was before this module. Looking forward to working with this PLN in the future!

Criteria for Effective Curation: An Alphabet