Today, #NewhouseSM6 really exemplified the kind of collaboration I stressed throughout my presentation. My classmates and I shared our knowledge and ideas surrounding social media. We each had a chance to be an “expert” in our field. We shared information, links, images, videos, apps, and sound clips all through social media. We made all of our information available to each other, and to the broader community. What’s more impressive, is that we participated in a conversation that extended well beyond our small classroom in Syracuse, NY. We taught, shared with, and engaged each other. Now that is really amazing.
We embraced the “teachable moment,” we became “accidental teachers,” and we broke down the boundaries of traditional education. Hurrah!
I was able to connect with my interviewees through social media and email. They were gracious enough to quickly accept my request for an interview, despite their busy schedules. I connected with Lisa Nielsen through Twitter @InnovativeEdu, and we arranged an interview through Skype. I met Beth Lawton through personal connections and we conducted an interview through email. After contacting Howard Rheingold through Twitter @hrheingold, he was able to squeeze in the time, and answer my questions via email. Alec Couros @courosa was able to squeeze in an interview just hours after I emailed him the request. Thank you all.
I created the entire presentation through Google Drive. This made it really easy to switch computers and always have my work accessible. My research turned a mixture of academic and journalistic work. News and blog articles helped to flesh out practical use of social media in and outside of the classroom. Academic works helped to develop the overarching concepts behind collaborative learning and bridge them with social media.
During the presentation, everyone collaborated in making a mind map of social media. This app let us collaborate in real time and see the changes others were making. We only had a few minutes, but this is what we came up with (I got it started by creating the education section early):
There was a lot to say on Storify:
For more information, visit PearlTrees map:
View my presentation on Slideshare:
Here are some analytics from the presentation:
Just hours after the presentation, Hashtracking.com said there were 75 tweets and retweets in just short amount of time. The reach of #NHSocialEdu was over 53,000!
Thank you all for joining in on my presentation!