Social media is always growing and changing. There are so many ways it can be used in education:
- As part of a teacher’s or librarian’s Professional Learning Network (PLN)
- To inform parents and the community about school-related events and information
- As an engaging technology tool for students in the classroom.
Many educators don’t realize that it’s a School Librarian’s responsibility to teach students about social media!
SCHOOL LIBRARIANS TEACH SOCIAL MEDIA
According to the American Association of School Librarians (a division of the American Library Association) and National School Library Standards, the School Librarian is tasked with teaching students the responsible use of social media, evident by these 5 references:
- III.B. School Librarians demonstrate the importance of personal, social, and intellectual networks by modeling the use of a variety of communication tools and resources.
- III.C.1. The school library provides opportunities for School Librarians to connect and work with the learning community by facilitating diverse social and intellectual learner networks.
- V.C.1. The school library [and School Librarian] prepares learners to engage with a larger learning community by modeling and promoting the use of personal and professional learning networks.
- VI.A. School Librarians promote ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information by directing learners to responsibly use information, technology, and media for learning and modeling responsible and ethical use of information, technology, and media.
- VI.C. The school library [and School Librarian] encourages participation in a diverse learning community to create and share information by providing both online and physical spaces for sharing and dissemination of ideas and information.
The Young Adult Library Services Association (another division of ALA), offers a 13-page downloadable PDF “Teens & Social Media Toolkit” for teaching students positive ways to use social media. The document suggests helping teens “learn about a variety of social media technologies,” which includes “photo-sharing technologies, …video creation technologies, …image editing. …connect with favorite authors, artists, musicians, and so on via Twitter, Facebook and personal blogs.”
The International Society for Technology in Education has 3 Standards for Students that directly relate to social media:
- Digital citizen – Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
- Creative communicator – Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
- Global collaborator – Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
SCHOOL LIBRARIANS: TEACH CLOUD COMPUTING
Lessons using social media tools are abundant in print and online, but these rarely give students an understanding of the larger concept of cloud computing. And, as online tools steadily replace desktop apps, School Librarians need to emphasize Cloud Computing, so students learn the responsible use of ALL online tools.
For every School Library Lesson we can provide a deep understanding of cloud computing as a prelude to introducing a digital tool. I teach each different aspect of cloud computing by focusing on the type & purpose of digital services, rather than brand names, so students learn how & when to use a particular kind of tool regardless of who makes it.
For my School Library Lessons I group cloud computing tools into 3 types of services:
- Personal services: individual tools for organization, communication, and learning—email, drop box, digital documents, digital storage.
- Presentation services: tools to create and publish original multimedia products—blogs, audio podcasts, slide shows, videos, webinars, live broadcasts.
- Group services: tools for collaborating with others—chat rooms, discussion forums, wikis, social networks, video conferencing.
Within and across these 3 groups I teach the specifics which differentiate the services and individual tools from each other:
- Audience interaction —
- 1-to-1 (personal individual tools)
- 1-to-many (presentation tools)
- many-to-many (group tools)
- Method of delivery —
- 1-way transfer (drop box, digital storage, podcasts, blogs, slide shows, videos, live broadcasts)
- 2-way exchange (email, some digital documents, all group tools, webinars)
- Transmission interval —
- synchronous (chat rooms, some social networks, video conferencing, webinars, live broadcasts)
- asynchronous (email, discussion forums, wikis, some social networks, blogs, podcasts)
Next I decide whether to teach the scope of a tool—all its potential uses—or the efficacy of a tool, that is, its best use. I make that decision based on the purpose of the library visit, as noted in my Library Lesson Matrix, and then I create the lesson with my Library Lesson Planner.
THE SCHOOL LIBRARY LESSON
Consolidating all online tools under the umbrella of Cloud Computing allows me to introduce a variety of media for students to express themselves, add creativity and value to student assignments, and inculcate responsible online behaviors. I can keep lessons short and simple, focused on the purpose of the library visit, with a classroom-related activity so students can practice what they learn. Often my Library Lessons help teachers understand Cloud Computing and see how to integrate it into their own lessons.
Cloud Computing is my first technology lesson of the school year with Spanish and Art classes, and I’ve also incorporated the concept into lessons with core subjects, ESL, and Special Ed. Using just a few slides, I introduce the concept, types of tools, their purpose, and form of audience interaction.
The best way to teach technology is to demonstrate how to use it, so I close the slide presentation and open the online service. I distribute a handout showing images of the tool to help students follow my demonstration. Then students use the rest of the period for a daily grade activity that guides them through 2 features chosen by the teacher which they will use throughout the school year to respond to assignments.
Often after the lesson students ask other teachers to give them assignments using the tool, so the teachers come to me for help, and I’m able to expand student use of the service through short lessons during library visits with other subject classes.
Other ISTE Resources:
- 5 social media sites to engage teens in learning, 3/30/2016
- 6 ways to help students learn with social media, 4/6/2015