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Top Ten Social Media Competencies for Teachers

  1. Help students use educational networking tools to solve information problems and communicate digitally with experts, peers and instructors.
  2. Know the major Web 2.0 categories and tools that are useful in the K-12 setting. Know which tools are provided/supported by one’s school.
  3. Use educational networking sites to communicate with teaching peers, students and parents.
  4. Navigate, evaluate and create professional content on networking sites.
  5. Use online networking to create, maintain and learn from a personal learning network – AND their students.
  6. Know the district networking guidelines, follow netiquette, conform to ethical standards and interact appropriately with others, especially students, online.
  7. Understand copyright, security and privacy issues on social media sites and share these understandings with students and professional colleagues.
  8. Understand the importance of identity and reputation management using social media and help students understand the long-term impact of personal information shared online.
  9. Create and follow a personal learning plan to stay informed about developing trends, tools and applications of social media.
  10. Participate in the formulation of school and district policies and guidelines related to educational networking and social learning.

Seminar Objectives

  • Provide technical knowledge and skills about applications relevant to the implementation of various New Media applications (such as Blogs, Wikis, social networks, etc) in education.
  • Provide general knowledge about client (WordPress, Google services, etc.) and server (Dokuwiki, Elgg, Mahara) software, with specific relevant information regarding the use of these for blended learning
    activities.
  • Raise awareness about pedagogical and methodological skills and differences vis-a-vis traditional teaching methods to effectively implement blended learning activities in the classroom.
  • Raise awareness on the need for a new “digital pedagogy” that will cater to IT-savvy students who are digital-natives.

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