Applications of Social Media for STEMx Teaching
Today’s web users are prolific creators of content, and they upload photographs, audio, and video to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and many others by the billions. While the initial emphasis of social media was placed on producing and uploading media to these popular sharing sites, as the notion of social media has evolved, it has ultimately become more about the conversations started and relationships formed surrounding this media. In this mini-course, educators will gain a better understanding of how social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, can be leveraged for teaching and learning. Participants will specifically learn how to integrate social media into STEMx curriculum to: (1) engage students in insightful discussions, (2) build thriving STEMx-focused online communities, and (3) help students discover new areas for informal STEMx learning.
Mini-Course and Registration Schedule:
Session 1 (BETA): July 10 – Aug. 7, 2013. Registration: June 24 – July 8, 2013
Session 2: Aug. 12 – Sept. 9, 2013. Registration: July 10 – Aug. 9, 2013
Session 3: Sept. 23-Oct. 21. Registration: Aug. 10-Sept. 16, 2013
Instructors: Samantha Adams Becker and Holly Ludgate — The New Media Consortium (NMC)
- Activity One: Review three social media platforms and create a concept visualization that outlines the features of these platforms that you would like to use.
- Activity Two: Of the three social platforms you reviewed in Activity 1, select one and create a test account/page/community for experimentation.
- Activity Three: Review the social media (test account/page/community) you created in your last Activity and showcase (via a format of your choice) a few ways to integrate ideas or concepts from this tool for implementation into your environment
- Final Activity: Draft a comprehensive social media strategy for your STEMx environment.
About the New Media Consortium
The New Media Consortium is an international not-for-profit consortium of learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. For 20 years, the NMC and its members have dedicated themselves to exploring and developing potential applications of emerging technologies for learning, research, and creative inquiry. The role of the NMC is to help our hundreds of member universities, colleges, museums, and organizations drive innovation across their campuses. We do that by performing research that catalyzes discussion, by convening people around new ideas, and by building communities that encourage exploration and experimentation.
About Samantha Adams Becker
Samantha Adams Becker is the Senior Director of Communications for the NMC. She is the lead writer and researcher for the NMC Horizon Report series, which charts the emerging technologies, trends, and challenges impacting education worldwide, with a readership of over 2 million education professionals across 150 countries. The NMC has a wide variety of social media platforms, including seven Facebook pages, and Samantha manages all of these communities, developing and implementing relationship-building strategies. She specializes in content strategy, production, management, and dissemination and has an extensive background in digital publishing. In her previous life, she worked with large international publishers on the digitization of their catalogs and was the managing editor of a monthly luxury lifestyle magazine. Samantha has a deep passion for working on projects that bridge the gap between the sciences and humanities.
About Dr. Holly Ludgate
Holly Ludgate has been working in the field of education, instructional design and technology, along with e-learning for the past 13 years. This passion for blending cutting edge education with technology immersion led her to the New Media Consortium, where she currently is the Senior Director for Program Development. Previously, Dr. Ludgate launched and ran the Education Media Design and Technology Masters degree online at Full Sail University. She currently serves on advisory boards for Apple Education and K-12 institutions around the country.