Top Ten Social Media Competencies for Teachers
- Help students use educational networking tools to solve information problems and communicate digitally with experts, peers and instructors.
- 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.
- Use educational networking sites to communicate with teaching peers, students and parents.
- Navigate, evaluate and create professional content on networking sites.
- Use online networking to create, maintain and learn from a personal learning network – AND their students.
- Know the district networking guidelines, follow netiquette, conform to ethical standards and interact appropriately with others, especially students, online.
- Understand copyright, security and privacy issues on social media sites and share these understandings with students and professional colleagues.
- Understand the importance of identity and reputation management using social media and help students understand the long-term impact of personal information shared online.
- Create and follow a personal learning plan to stay informed about developing trends, tools and applications of social media.
- Participate in the formulation of school and district policies and guidelines related to educational networking and social learning.
- 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
- 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.