What is Social Networking?

PMI on Social Networking?

Plus - allows communication with "friends"

Minus - you might not be on my networks
social networking also allows for students to input data concerning their personal life

Interesting - when social networks connect across all the networks

Why has it become an important part of education?
Students in many regions world wide are spending up to 3 hours online every day - so educators can use this to their advantage.

Types of Social Networking


Examples of Social Networking Tools/Services:
Facebook seems to be the most popular service in Australia but wikipedia lists a multitude of others.
Facebook is rated as a very high use site by web2list - http://web2list.com/forum.php?logoid=107
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
Educause lists two support documents on Facebook that are useful resources:


Twitter is an online application that is part blog, part social networking site, and part cell phone/IM tool. It is designed to let users describe what they are doing or thinking at a given moment in 140 characters or less. As a tool for students and faculty to compare thoughts on a topic, Twitter could be used academically to foster interaction and support metacognition.
Educause outlines some positive with using twitter in their 7 tips.



Formal Platforms for Web Conferencing:

Wimba - People Teaching People
Presenters Guide - http://www.wimba.com/support/webhelp/v5_2/WCPresenterGuide/WC_Presenter_Guide.htm

A Three Free room is available otherwise this web conferencing tool costs a few dollars ($42 per session - July 2009 price).
This platform is very similar to wimba and well worth using this application - make sure you have java or the ability to add some applications.
Up and coming free events on elluminate - https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/event/schedule?etn=training;demo&eef=0

How to set up your system for the first session
Examples of using elluminate on classroom 2.0 for teacher professional development

Free for Three People using the Vroom - http://www.learncentral.org/user/vroomreg

Dim Dim
Use powerpoint, webcast, websites, text and audio applications without downloading any applications.
Dimdim is a free web conferencing service where you can share your desktop, show slides, collaborate, chat, talk and broadcast via webcam with absolutely no download required for attendees.
Hosting up to 20 people free.



Good examples of the application of social networking tools in education:
http://ltc.umanitoba.ca:83/wiki/Facebook (includes some of the concerns regarding the use of social networking sites)
http://www.edumorphology.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/fb_classroom1.pdf (presentation on how to set up a class facebook with messaging platforms, video, audio and course control.

Using Courses on Facebook - Instructor information - http://www.edumorphology.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/instructor_guide.pdf

Say Wire is a controlled social networking site for teachers and students from individual schools or districts