Call to Action! Social Media in the Classroom

Friends, Romans, PLN, lend me your ears/eyes!

That’s me!

On Saturday, Andy Marcinek and I led a discussion on the use of Social Media in the Classroom at EdCamp Boston. Andy masterfully worked the room giving reasons and examples as to why social media should be utilized in class (meet students where they are at, create an active classroom, develop a class and school community) and I contributed examples of how we integrate social media in the classroom at Burlington High School (also, I told an epic joke about a buffalos). Leading this was (for me) a thrilling way to have a discussion about the benefits (and possible distraction) of using Twitter, Blogger, and Youtube in the classroom.

Some classroom examples we shared
Using Twitter for Vocabulary via Molly Stuart 
The Living Facebook Project via Andrew Marcinek
The Enlightenment Meets Social Media via Michael Milton (me)

But this wasn’t just an opportunity for us to share our contributions to Classroom 2.0, we wanted continue the discussion beyond the 60 minute discussion. So, with that in mind we ended the discussion by assigning homework to the conference attendees (and now you!) to contribute lessons to help build an online resource.

How you can help!

Teachers around the world are utilizing social media in amazing ways and our goal is to begin to bring their ideas together to share on a free site. The primary purpose of this site is to share and connect with people utilizing social media as a resource in the classroom. To help facilitate this process, we are requesting contributors answer a few questions add links to their content on this Google Form so that we can aggregate them  for this site that can be accessed by anyone interested in using social media in the classroom.

There’s a story about a wave that is nervous as he begins his descent into the beach until he realizes that he is not just a wave, he is part of an ocean. We look forward to people joining the ocean!

Edit to add!

Andy and I wrote about our idea in this post for Edutopia! The site that we are developing is The Educators’ Village and is currently under construction. We actively seeking contributors who want to help bring this idea into fruition. While we are collecting tech-integrated lesson plans, we are building a “tools” section that gives an overview of the tool, a video on getting started, and a few examples of lessons using the tool. So more in definitely coming soon!

About Michael K. Milton

I teach students Social Studies at Burlington High School. When I became a teacher, I believed that students would frequently give me apples. This has not happened (not even a Red Delicious ~ a name which is a misnomer). However, my school has given me a MacBook Pro and an iPad in an effort to right this wrong (I assume). I'm very lucky to work in a 1:1 school.
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4 Responses to Call to Action! Social Media in the Classroom

  1. mluhtala says:

    I’ve been calling this TEAM21 – Teachers for Educational Access to Media for 21st Century Learning. Last summer, in preparation for Banned Websites Awareness Day 2011 (It is scheduled for Oct. 3 2012 this year), I put together a list of New Canaan High School lessons that used mainstream social media – There is a TEAM21 community at as well.

  2. danriles says:

    Social Media Activated Classroom Kit? SMACK
    I really enjoyed the resources comeing out of #edcampbos about social media in the class.
    I read a good list article of ways to use Twitter in the class, but my curation fails me right now.
    It was like this one:

    • @42thinkdeep says:

      Thanks Dan!

      Our goal is to develop a searchable database of teacher-created lessons. So the 50 Ways to use Twitter/Blogger/Youtube isn’t really ideal for us.

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