Math. Science. English. Facebook. Snapchat. Instagram. Welcome to the modern classroom, where the way in which a teacher is expected to engage with students, deliver the learning experience and manage discipline has forever changed thanks to the increasing prevalence of social media. With this new dynamic comes the expectation that teachers are appropriately managing their own social media actions, both in the classroom and in their personal lives. These new expectations recently led the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) – which governs and regulates the province’s teaching profession – to launch an employee-focused campaign called Social Media Tips for Teachers to proactively reinforce the proper use of social media both in and out of the classroom to its more than 200,000 accredited members. The OCT primarily used social media to successfully share the social media refresher.
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We all have a story to tell. It could be one of personal hope, sacrifice, mentorship or despair. Others could be told from numbers or raw data – the stuff that drives work and project results. As social media becomes a more popular medium of communication and an avenue for influence and story telling, it’s the metrics that tell a bigger story and help to validate the hard work of a communications department.
Social media by its nature is about collaborating, networking, sharing and generating knowledge and content. It has transformed the way we interact with one another. According to a report by the Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson Learning Solutions, faculty members’ use of social media has been steadily increasing since the survey was first conducted in 2010. (Wired for teaching) Online learning has been popular for quite a long time, but the inclusion of social media is something that’s relatively new. Could social media play a more central role in education especially in online education in the future?
Organization: Wilfrid Laurier University Industry: Post-secondary education Contacts: Melissa Stephens, Laurier’s manager of marketing and communications – recruitment and admissions, firstname.lastname@example.org; Sandra Muir, Laurier’s social media strategist, email@example.com Web references: Wilfrid Laurier University and its social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram, as well as other sources with links posted throughout this blog entry. Like any suitor… Read more »