Welcome to Week 8 – Mobile Learning
This week you will be exploring the digital world of social media. For our mobile learning module, we encourage everyone to use our OER and participate in the activities with their mobile devices! Our intent is to showcase how easy it is learn and share while on the go. Click HERE for our OER and to view our LAUNCHPAD on the homepage!
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Hi mobile learning team! Weighing in on the OER. It offered some great suggestions for using social media to engage students. I was kind of hoping, since you were focusing on social media, that you would address the divisive issue of mixing personal and professional life. Do you all personally agree that our personal lives, opinions, actions, and influence should be open for public scrutiny? I am actually on the opposing side of both arguments; I don't think social media should have any influence on one's professional life (after all, interviewers don't follow us out on our free time and judge us!), just like I don't believe students, educators, or employees should be engaging with work matters outside of work. The former creates a constant, panopticon-esque fear that anything we engage in, anything we connect to outside of our own physical homes can be used against us, and the latter encourages unhealthy work-life imbalances resulting from our personal choices or through pressure from our employers. If you choose to update your OER, I hope you address this point! Thanks again for the great resource!
Hi Mobile Learning team! I enjoyed going through your website and interacting with your activities on Twitter. While I am quite familiar with social media as I use it for both professional and personal purposes, I too was a bit confused that the focus was entirely on social media within mobile learning. Using the site on a mobile device was a great idea, since that is how most students (and probably educators as well) experience social media but I too experienced some design issues that you may want to consider changing, but they have been addressed by others. While it is important for educators to model appropriate behavior and to instill reflection and thought before posting online I would have to agree with Brogan that we shouldn't be expected to help them set up accounts to practice and that many may be using them in violation of the platform's Terms of Service. I use Twitter as an educator and also Tweet on behalf of my school, and use Instagram and Facebook to maintain personal relationships with friends, family and former students around the world. Thanks for all the great insights everyone!
Hi, Mobile Learning team! I really enjoyed working through it on a mobile – great idea. As several others have expressed here, I also am a very limited (near non-user) of social medial. While I had a twitter account years ago, I discontinued it as I found it of no real benefit at that time and have not changed my view since. I am somewhat active on LinkedIn for professional/work purposes, but even that is for a very narrow range of uses. My digital footprint is very limited with the exception of a few references to areas of personal or professional interest. It is further diluted by a number of online spaces referring to a Czech politician of the same name. As an educator I work only with adult learners. I find that there may be more space for social media for learning purposes, but largely in informal ways, i.e. within self-selected communities of practice. As Wenger (1998) and later Wenger-Trayner (2011) mention, this broad view of learning within communities centred around domains (areas of professional or personal interest/need for skill or knowledge) can function well outside formal contexts. That is where I see the benefits of social media for learning purposes. I am much more hesitant when it comes to using social media in formal learning contexts, especially due to the largely permanent nature of one’s digital footstep and the increased levels of concern about this among both adult and younger learners today. I am not convinced that the benefits outweigh the potential personal risks to the learner. There are of course areas where one can exploit the benefits of some environments within more closed interactions (limited Facebook groups, unlisted Youtube content), but that seems to take away arguably the greatest benefit of social media, i.e. its open and global nature. For younger learners I think the risks are that much greater and alternatives to open social media (e.g. Brainly) may be reasonable ways to still use mobile learning in such teaching contexts. I found it interesting that you felt teachers are responsible for educating learners about their digital presence / use of digital media – certainly, I would agree that this is part of what today’s education needs to address (especially in relation to digital security etc.), but I am not convinced that it is the role of every teacher today, in fact not of most teachers. Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning, meaning, and identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Wenger-Trayner, E. (2009). Communities of practice and social learning systems. Retrieved from: https://wenger-trayner.com/resources/publications/cops-and-learning-systems/
Hello Mobile Learning Team: I did a search of my name, there were only a couple of people with my same name and last name. Although when I searched for my complete name (including second name) no matches. As for FB, there were 3 with my same name and last name. The truth is that I am not a social media person. Although I have to confess that I have a FB account. The reason that I have one is because I was forced to open account for my friends when I moved abroad. I try to provide as little info as possible when it comes to signing up for social media account. I prefer to provide my thoughts through this platform rather than opening a twitter account. The reason why I am not active on social media is because I feel that is like doing homework. I seems that I need to be posting, twitting and liking every post that is out there. That is my personal feeling towards social media. Although I do not think that this tool should be banned from education. Is there a reason why you chose Twitter? My other concern was the accessibility of social media. The MET is an online course that can be accessed by students from all over the world. Have you considered that maybe some students of a cohort might be living in countries that social media is blocked? Might not be the case for our cohort, just a thought. Students, specially teenagers, are all about social media. They are always posting things. I am afraid that sometimes they are too addicted to social media. However, I have to say that it is through social media that students learn what is going around the world. Kids might not watch the news or read the newspaper. These news are also available on social media platforms, which are more accessible for students. It can be a powerful tool for education, but its use can also be abused. As a parent or educator, I try not to banned social media from students and children. I believe that with the correct guidance and monitoring of its use it would be an additional tool for learning. Presentation wise, the background image used on “Social Media for Education”. The image was too busy and I was not able to read the text as easy as the other sections. “How is social medica used in #Education?” you might want to use a color as a background rather than an image. At the bottom of the page, the links with black text are not are not very legible.
Hello mobile learning team, I just wanted to say your approach to taking on social media was a bold choice! I’ve actually found it really interesting to see the peer response to this week’s interactivities! In fact I checked Twitter and it looks like only a few people so far have used the platform to answer your questions. It seems that our peers take digital privacy as a serious issue. That being said in my response I wanted to point out that being positive role models in the digital world is also important for our students… If we hide behind our privacy curtains, we are letting our students be totally and completely influenced by everything and everyone else on the internet. If we want students to develop the best digital behaviours, we should also be willing to demonstrate it to some extent. Just a thought! Thank you for addressing this tough topic. I think it would be really interesting to see within your OER, how social media has shifted even in the last decade. As you pointed out in the 2018 research paper, students don’t even use Facebook anymore. Snapchat and Instagram are inherently very different platforms so the experience of our peer group using Facebook as our key social media platform is going to be very different to kids born after 2000. Also, there is a lot of debate nowadays about breaking up these giant tech and social media companies (in particular Facebook-Instagram-Whatsapp), I think some analysis into this sector would be a great way to demonstrate your EVA skills!
Reading the varied opinions on social media here has been very interesting. I’m not incredibly active on social media, but I value the importance of an online presence and its impact on building reputation and professional credibility. I work in higher ed and we use social media extensively in our journalism courses, not only as a source for breaking news and leads, but also to train students on how to use it effectively when they’re out working in the field. Social media has become so ubiquitous in our environment that we’ve moved beyond discussing how it can be used in education, and just treat it as another communication and creative tool. After reading the discussion questions, I find the “in the classroom” aspect of social media use quite interesting since the power of mobile learning is that it can be done mostly anywhere at any time. I question why we often think of social media use in education as something restricted to the classroom. Social media can be an excellent learning resource, but it’s important to think of learning spaces as something beyond the physical constraints of a classroom. Something I’ve also noticed is that Reddit rarely finds its way into the list of social media platforms and I think it’s an amazing source for learning that is both social and mobile. Overall, good work and thanks for bringing attention to a worthwhile topic, though some additional focus on the mobile aspect of social media could have been beneficial.
Hello Mobile Learning Team. Thank you for your thoughtfully put together OER. It's such a big topic, I can only imagine the difficulty in narrowing down to a small scope for this project. My relationship with using social media (as an educator) has changed over the years since I have started teaching. I used to be very "for" using social media, such as Instagram or Twitter, because I felt like those were the best mediums to reach my students. I would definitely still separate personal from work social media platforms, but in general I was open to having them. However, I have become increasingly more paranoid about having these platforms. What it boils down to is: I don't want them having so much access to *me*. My 11-12 year old students aren't old enough to own an Instagram (though more than half already do); it definitely sends the wrong message if I were to have a "class instagram" for them to follow. I don't feel comfortable navigating in these spaces with them, even if I'm using a professional account. I guess they could "find" my professional accounts, but I don't want them following me! A former colleague uses her class instagram for parents to follow, but that also makes me uncomfortable because I don't want to have access to PARENTS' personal accounts. I'm now at the point where I would like as big of a gap as possible between my social media use and theirs. That being said, I do think it is important to be up to date with what students use. It's a difficult task because apps come and go, but it's easier to get my message of "internet safety" across if I know what I'm dealing with, rather than sounding like An Adult Here To Warn You Off The Internet (which would not be well-received by students!). While it is not a teacher's JOB to get to know all the social media platforms, teachers who choose to, will have a way to reach students than those who are in the dark. Perhaps your brand of mobile learning is more suitable for students in secondary and post-secondary education! I liked the Snapchat example you shared. For teachers who are okay with work accounts, it also provides a way to connect with students that they may not be able to in a traditional classroom.
Hi Mobile Learning Team, Thanks for your great work for this week’s OER. Unfortunately, I am another person who refrains from having much an online presence. I used to be a heavy user of WeChat and did a lot of sharing with my friends. However, since I was forced to use WeChat to work, and I had to add a lot of contacts (colleagues/vendors/customers) as my WeChat friends, I immediately stopped to use WeChat as a social media platform (text messaging only). Personally, I don’t want to use my personal social media accounts to do work related things to blur the line between my personal and professional life. Interactivities & feedback: 1. I googled my full name in both English and Chinese. Apart from some searching results with people who have the same name as me, these meaningful digital footprints are my LinkedIn profile and one of my essays that recorded in the Google Scholar database. 2. I am not a proponent of using general social media in K-12 education as I am prone to believe that the potential benefits cannot justify the possible risks as these social media is not designed for education purposes. Definitely, we should provide some guidance (as parents or educators) to help our kids use the social media properly, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to expose them to these environments before they become mentally mature enough to handle all these challenges brought by social media platforms. 3. When we talking about the education-related social networks/ventures, we expected to elaborate more about Quora, Piazza, GitHub or Brainly. There is even more broad selection for mobile learning. 4. It seems that most educators really don’t use LinkedIn very much as I found the varied typos from the OER and it was wrongly spelled as “LinedIn” or “LinkeIn”. 6. I am a little bit confused about the section “Free vs Paid”. First of all, I would not categorize text message into one of the social media; second, do we need to pay to use Facebook or Pinterest? Please correct me if my understanding is wrong. Thanks!
Hi Team, First, excellent work on having us go through this content on our mobile devices, it adds to the experience of working through the content. However, as others have mentioned, i’m a little confused as to why we’re going through social media, as opposed to mobile learning? It is an interesting take on the subject none the less. I’ll argue against the idea that educators have a “duty to educate students [with using social media] in this digital age”. I do not believe that it is all educators duty to educate students to create social media accounts in order to teach them how to use social media appropriately. There is little guidance available for educators on instructing proper digital citizenship in social media platforms, and on top of this, many Terms of Services on these platforms to not allow students under 13-14 to use the the platforms as it is. While I agree that educators should talk about digital citizenship and footprints, I would not go as far as saying it is our duty to have students practice social media through the creation and curation of accounts on various platforms. Hearing this, would you still argue that it is our duty as educators to teach students about For the digital footprint, you say to “make sure we have accounts” for many of these services, but do not provide a strong argument as to why we should have all of these accounts beyond having a “digital presence”. Why exactly should we have these accounts for a digital presence? What exactly does this do to provide a benefit as an educator to create shadow accounts if we never intend to use them? I like the idea of purchasing your own domain, I have at broganpratt.com, and it is a great way to curate your online presence so that people see first what you would like them to see. I would have liked to see you expand upon this idea. A few formatting things you may want to clean up for better flow: - It is unclear whether I’m supposed to view your write ups on specific social medias or not, and there is no simple way to go back to the website “flow” with a button on the bottom of these pages. - The infographics are really small to read on a small mobile device. Much easier to consume these wordy and small texts on a computer screen
Hello Team. I'm afraid I am also one of those who refrains from having much of an online presence. In my case I have unfortunately become acquainted with the darker side of the Internet and social media. I have gone through your OER and I thank you for it. The teaching I do is with adults and within a higher education context, so I was intrigued by much of what I read, as it seemed to relate to a K-12 environment. I can see that the use of phones and social media platforms would naturally be compelling in that environment as they seem to be so important a part of young peoples' lives. Handled properly, no doubt there are many ways they could be leveraged to improve learning. I have to say I was a little alarmed at the suggestion (not yours) that teachers surreptitiously photograph their students performing exercises in school and post them to Instagram. While the writer indicated that everyone likes to see what their kids are doing at school I think I can visualize without too much difficulty some parents taking exception to that level of publication. That may just be my few decades of legal practice talking. While I know there is certainly an endless amount of scope for a discussion of mobile learning, and recognize the amount of work you must have put into exploring the aspects you did, for me, I think there has to be a good deal of discussion regarding the potential downsides and need for caution. Again, I grant that my years in law have perhaps made me naturally look at that. I echo, and won't repeat, many of the comments others have given here in that regard. We are at an odd time with many technologies; they are coming at us from all directions at a dizzying speed and our social mores have not as yet found ways to deal with them. No doubt there will become norms around mobile learning that will make how we use them in the future much different from how they are now used. I expect there will become more and more varied uses applied to education. I considered how I could make use of mobile learning in my classes and thus far have come up blank. The platforms we use seem to work well. I know some of my students log on to them with mobile devices, which helps them no doubt. Another thing that had me thinking was how important mobile devices have become for informal adult learning. I think of the Arab Spring or Antifa experiences, where mobile devices proved crucial to inform and communicate. I know you had to draw the line somewhere in your OER, but I would have liked to see consideration of present learning outside of a structured K-12 classroom. Most of our life goes on after secondary school and these days continuing learning is an increasingly important part of that life. Thanks again for your OER; it provided much food for thought