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

Facebook

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.
http://www.facebook.com/about.php
Educause lists two support documents on Facebook that are useful resources:
http://www.educause.edu/ELI/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutFaceb/156820
http://www.educause.edu/ELI/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutFaceb/156828

Twitter

http://twitter.com/
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.
http://www.educause.edu/ELI/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutTwitt/161801
http://www.masternewmedia.org/social_networking/twitter-instant-messaging-mobile-messaging/twitter-a-beginners-guide-20070425.htm

iVocalize

https://www.ivocalize.com/

Formal Platforms for Web Conferencing:



Wimba - People Teaching People
http://www.wimba.com/products/wimbaclassroom/#jt3
Presenters Guide - http://www.wimba.com/support/webhelp/v5_2/WCPresenterGuide/WC_Presenter_Guide.htm

Elluminate
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.
http://www.elluminate.com/demo/recorded_demos_list.jsp
Up and coming free events on elluminate - https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/event/schedule?etn=training;demo&eef=0

http://www.elluminate.com/
How to set up your system for the first session
http://www.elluminate.com/support/faq_recordings/FirstTimeUser.jsp
Examples of using elluminate on classroom 2.0 for teacher professional development
http://live.classroom20.com/

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.
http://www.dimdim.com/


http://www.dimdim.com/documents/Dimdim_Features.pdf
http://www.dimdim.com/documents/dimdim-quick-reference-guide.pdf
http://www.dimdim.com/documents/Dimdim_Web_Meeting_User_Guide.pdf




Examples:

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
https://saywire.com/index.php?go=home.welcome