Social media has changed how educators engage with each other and their students online. Recently, BestCollegesOnline.com compiled a list of the “50 Teachers Who Are Social Media Stars.” You may already be familiar with some of these names:
More importantly social media is being used to eliminate barriers to learning–from preschoolers using iPad apps, to professionals climbing the corporate ladder. Recently the New York Times reported on how the Kahn Academy is using YouTube to teach math and science to high schoolers, while global organizations like Deloitte are using Yammer to create an internal social network enabling employees to share and connect.
In the past year eLearn Magazine has published a range of articles that tackle the issue of utilizing and managing social media in the online learning space:
- The Effects of Twitter in an Online Learning Environment
- Managing the Flow of Information in Social Networks
- Backchannel Learning in an Organizational Setting
What about you? How are you utilizing Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Google , Tumblr, and Slideshare? Are you blogging?
If you’ve answered yes, then keep it up! You may be on next year’s list. If not, there’s no better time than the present.