EdTech 543: Final Reflection

Crazy that another semester in the EdTech program is coming to an end! I can remember when I was considering the EdTech program at Boise State and recall seeing this course as an elective option, thinking how awesome it would be to take a course such as this. I can honestly say that this has been one of my favorite courses in this program so far and have gotten so much out of it! Here are the key components that I have learned from this course and how I will apply them to my professional practice.

Social Media Interactions Set Up (Module 1): The basic set ups for this course helped me to realize that there are several platforms that can be used for classroom communication. I look forward to incorporating this into the courses that I teach, by using something such as Google Sites, a class Facebook page, or Edmodo to post announcements, assignments, and a place for collaboration.

PLE & PLN (Module 2): I now know what these acronyms stand for! I loved creating my PLE diagram and seeing the uniqueness of everyone else. I loved that we got to create our diagram using the platform of our choice. It was awesome to be able to develop a PLN within the course. This really helped with any questions that I had, I always knew that I would have people there to help. Our group ended up working very well together and I appreciate the team effort, as this is not always, especially in an online course. Developing a PLN within this course opened my eyes to see the importance of having a PLN not only where you work, but outside your school as well. There are so many people around the world that you can connect with and can benefit from. I am happy to say that I joined an amazing PLN group on Facebook of business educators that are willing to share ideas and resources with one another. I hope to stay in contact with Katie, Ben, and Jasmine, my amazing PLN members!

TweekDeck, Live PD, & Digital Footprints (Module 3): Before this course, I had no idea what a TweetDeck was. I have learned not only how to use this site, but also utilized it when participating in Twitter chats. The live PD was very beneficial as well. I especially enjoyed the Twitter chats. I was able to make new connections through these chats, gain numerous resources that I can use right away, and expand my PLN. I plan to not only use these resources, but participate in more Twitter chats in the future. I think live PD is an a different, yet rewarding way of learning through collaboration and interaction. I would definitely suggest this to others. The idea of digital footprints was also introduced in this module. I think this was a very important assignment and something that is quite relevant to the business and marketing courses that I teacg. I am excited to incorporate this into a lesson with my high school students and also use it to discuss brand and company images through the words and pictures that they post on social media and online.

Curation (Moduel 4): It took me awhile to understand what the word curation actually meant. I appreciated be able to explore this module with my PLN and I think our group did a great job of creating our curation criteria. I loved using my new resource ScoopIt, and look forward to using it in the future to curate content. In addition, I really benefited from examining my group’s curated data. It allowed me to explore new resources and ideas that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise learned about.

PLE Diagram (Module 5): This was an assignment that I thought I would struggle with to come up with something unique from everyone else, but it ended up being one of my favorite assignments! As mentioned, I loved the freedom to create your own interpretation of the assignment using the platform of you choice. Through assignments such as this, I was able to explore sites such as Piktochart and Canva. This assignment was one of my favorites because I was able to make it personal to me. Through this assignment, I realized the numerous parts that make up my personal learning environment, that it has really grown since the beginning of this course, and that it will only continue to expand!

Research & Social Media Policies (Module 6): The research assignment allowed me to explore how business and marketing teachers incorporate social media in their classrooms. I got so much out of this assignment and can’t wait to incorporate the resources that I acquired next semester! The other assignment had has look at different social media policies and then create our own. Again, I was able to use Piktochart to create my own set of social media policies that I will be able to use in my classes as guidelines for proper social media use.

Social Media Mini Unit (Module 7): This assignment allowed me to work with my awesome PLN once again. I think our group worked very well together and I realized how easily technology and social media can be incorporated into any subject. I look forward to enhancing my social media unit that I had last year for my Marketing II students, I know there is so much more that I can include from this course! I also enjoyed the peer review process through a screen cast. This was a great idea and allowed me to see what others did for their social media mini units. I would like to incorporate a peer-review process such as this in my classroom in the future.

It is obvious that I gained multiple resources and learned so much from this course! I am excited to transfer what I have learned through this course into my own classroom and know my students will greatly benefit. I give myself a 75/75 points on my blog posts because I was always very thorough in each post, made sure that I had everything included that was expected in the requirements, and was reflective throughout. Thank you all for an awesome semester, only 3 more classes to go! 🙂

 

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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.

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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 🙂

EdTech 543: Tweet Deck Hashtags

gilin-tweet-deckI really enjoyed exploring and becoming more comfortable with the features of Tweet Deck and searching for hashtags that would benefit my content area. There were many great hashtags that I explored, but decided on the following 5 as the winners. #edtech #busedchat #pbl #deca and #marketing

I have learned a lot by reading the posts in these categories and had a hard time keeping up, as many are updated every second with something new! 3 things that I learned while exploring the hashtags are:

  1. I learned that there are lots of great resources and class conversation starters in the #busedchat section that I had no idea existed. Many Tweets related directly to current business events happening in the real world! I also learned about edpuzzle.com which allows you to create videos for class and add notes and questions along the way. This will be a cool resources to bring more technology into the classroom.
  2. I learned that looking at specific hashtags can take you to resourceful articles such as What Students Really Remember Learning in School from the #pbl category. This insightful article discusses that the things students remember are the ones that are meaningful and aren’t just strictly memorization, but rather, have application to real life. This is something good to remember and implement in my own classroom.
  3. Finally, I learned about a great resource to follow @MarketingResul2 that tweets daily tips, articles, and infographics that relate to marketing! I can’t wait to use this as a resource in my classroom and share some of these tweets with my students!

I love the idea of using Twitter as professional development. It is convenient, easy to navigate, I can search for exactly what I’m looking for through popular hashtags, all while connecting with different users across the globe! I also like that it is on my own time. I can do it whenever I want and some sort of information will always be there! Another great thing about using Twitter for professional development is that it is current and updating every second! How awesome! Finally, I love that everything is limited to 140 characters. This allows you to decide quickly if it is something that your are interested in reading more about or if you are going to pass it by, which is a huge time saver for the busy teacher! I am looking forward to exploring the hashtags that I have chosen and utilizing Tweet Deck to keep up!