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Using Social Media in the Classroom

Using Social Media in the Classroom
A Best Practice Guide

Second Edition
  • Megan Poore - Australian National University, Australia

November 2015 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

 ‘A book for every teacher’s bookshelf. This book gives a comprehensive overview of the tools and apps that can be used to help turn a mediocre teaching session into an outstanding one.’ - Cheryl Hine, Leeds City College

Megan Poore’s updated text is needed more than ever, as social media becomes increasingly integrated in many aspects of education. I would recommend it to all practising teachers and trainee teachers, whatever their subject.’ - Sue Howarth, University of Worcester

This is an essential guide to using social media to enhance teaching and learning in schools. It combines practical information on using all forms of social media for educational purposes and provides indispensable advice on how to tackle issues arising from social media use in the classroom.

Key topics include: using blogs, wikis, social media networks and podcasting, digital literacy and new modes of learning, digital participation, cyberbullying and understanding risk online.

This second edition includes:

·         Reflective tasks in each chapter inviting you to critically consider important aspects of using social media in education.

·         Expanded coverage of game-based learning and mobile learning.

·         New examples tailored for use in primary and secondary schools.

·         A website including additional resources and handouts c.

This is essential reading for anyone training to teach in schools, and experienced teachers seeking to improve their understanding of using social media for teaching in informed and appropriate ways.

Part 1 Getting Started: The Essentials
Social media and education
Sound educational design using social media
Common aspects of social media functions and practice
Part 2 Social Contexts
‘Digital natives’, new learning, and digital literacy
The digital divide and digital participation
Understanding risk online
Practical and in-class considerations
Part 3 The ‘Big Four’
Social networks
Podcasting, music, and audio
Part 4 Enriching Your Practice
Visual media
Instant messaging, Chat, Skype, and Twitter
Bookmarking, Pintrest, mindmapping, and polls
Educational games
Mobile learning
Productivity tools

A practical text to support teachers with using new technologies in their classrooms.

Sasha Pleasance
Teacher Training, South Devon College
July 6, 2016

A useful discussion about the contoversy of whether to use or not use social media in the classroom.

Mr David Eversley
Manchester College of Arts & Techn., Manchester College of Arts & Techn.
June 30, 2016

Already reviewed - I received two copies!

Dr David Waugh
School of Education, Durham University
May 13, 2016

This is a topic many students choose for their dissertations. The book is well-written and accessible with plenty of practical ideas underpinned by theoretical perspectives.

Dr David Waugh
School of Education, Durham University
May 13, 2016

A useful text for all those who are developing their practice to include more social media.

Mrs Jane Boothman
Education, South Gloucestershire & Stroud College
June 14, 2016

A useful tool for new teachers who are trying to understand how to incorporate technology and media in the classroom, particularly given the nature and widespread use of mobile devices and social media platforms.

Mr Kevin Zwierzchaczewski
Faculty of Education, Royal Academy of Dance
April 11, 2016

This is a good book for reference. The subject is current and could be seen as chalk and cheese. Those who use social media with learners get good results. Maybe those who don't use it don't fully understand how to use it? This book will help

Mr Pete Jackson
Initial Teacher Training, Lincoln College
April 28, 2016

Great book lots of new ideas to use in the classroom and what more importantly what not to do.

Mrs Lesley Crone
Southend Campus, South Essex College
April 4, 2016

Social Media is the way forward and an excellent way to engage with students.
Very clear and concise. A good resource.

Amanda Burgess
Education , Workers' Educational Association
January 19, 2016

Clear and accessible - really useful

Mr Steve Dixon
Education Department, Newman University
April 28, 2016

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