"The rapid expansion of blogs, Twitter, wikis, and virtual worlds has dramatically transformed the landscape of education. Through highly accessible networks, these new media can integrate students into a learning community by enabling them to create, customize, and share content online. Using Social Media Effectively in the Classroom shows educators how to: utilize social media to best support learners resolve potential problems create a powerful sense of community within user-centered Web 2.0 technologies. Moving beyond basic explanations of technologies and how to use them, Using Social Media Effectively in the Classroom provides research-based, jargon-free, practical examples of what works, what doesn’t, and why when it comes to social media. Organized according to the systemic process of instructional design, contributors describe innovative strategies for incorporating social media into educational settings as well as significant issues to be taken into consideration at each phase of planning, designing, teaching, and evaluation"-- Provided by publisher.
1. Analysis in virtual worlds : the influence of learner characteristics on instructional design / Aimee deNoyelles -- 2. Blurring the lines : teacher insights on the pitfalls and possibilities of incorporating online social media into instructional design / Thomas Highley and Kay Kyeong-Ju Seo -- 3. Analysis of Second Life as a delivery mechanism in EFL education / Kay Kyeong-Ju Seo, Noah Kreischer and Muruvvet Demiral -- 4. Designing recorded voice reflection as a pedagogical strategy / Dana A. Tindall -- 5. Live in your world, learn in ours : virtual worlds- engaging the new generation of students! / Elizabeth M. Hodge and Sharon Collins -- 6. Developing a wiki for problem-based online instruction and Web 2.0 exploration / Teresa Franklin and Briju Thankachan -- 7. Learning and teaching as communicative actions : social media as educational tool / Scott J. Warren and Jenny S. Wakefield -- 8. Everyone’s all a-twitter about Twitter : three operational perspectives on using Twitter in the classroom / Matthew Krüger-Ross, Richard D. Waters, and Tricia M. Farwell -- 9. Online videos in the classroom : exploring the opportunities and barriers to the use of YouTube in teaching introductory sociology / Nick Pearce and Elaine Tan -- 10. A framework to enrich student interaction via cross-institutional microblogging / Suku Sinnappan and Samar Zutshi -- 11. Designing assessments for differentiated instruction using social media applications / Seung H. Kim and Ying Xie -- 12. VoiceThread® as a facilitator of instructional critique / Jamie Smith and Teresa Franklin -- 13. Is there (still) a place for blogging in the classroom? : using blogging to assess writing, facilitate engagement and evaluate student attitudes / Tricia M. Farwell and Matthew Krüger-Ross