4: Social media tools and systems for learning

Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies

According to Jane Hart's Blog: Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies, there are four different categories of social [[#|media tools]] for learning.
  1. Public [[#|social media]] tools
  2. Self-hosted stand-alone social media [[#|tools]]
  3. Social and collaboration suites or platforms
  4. (Social) learning management systems

Purpose: Define social media [[#|tools]], give [[#|examples of social media]] learning tools, and explain how they can be used in an educational setting.

As a group we chose to focus on the first category: 1. Public Social Media Tools. The purpose of this wiki is to share the tools we chose to evaluate and give educators ideas for [[#|how to incorporate]] them into lessons and projects for use in their classrooms.

What are [[#|Social Media]] Tools?

They are online tools/networks that are usually free, or partially free to any user online. They usually have some type of feature that allows the content to be shared or published online either publicly or privately. Public social media tools are being used for many purposes, not only for personal and professional use, but also as "Personal Learning/Knowledge Networks (PLN or PKN)" shared between many individuals. Educators are even beginning to incorporate a lot of these sites into classroom lessons and learning. For more on social media watch the Youtube video below.

Social Media Tools for Public Use

Some examples of public social media tools are: Facebook, Diigo, Blogger, Google Docs, Wikis, and Twitter, just to name a few.
For a larger list of social media tools see Jane Hart's Top 100 Tools for Learning

How do you choose which Social Media Tools to Use?

According to Jane Hart, "The choice of tool will, of course, depend on a number of factors:
-Its purpose e.g. whether you are looking for a tool for your own personal or professional use, or you are looking for a tool to support a group or [[#|organizational]] use
-The functionality (or range of functionality) you require
-The level of integration between tools you require
-How private or secure the data needs to be
-The cost of the tools"
For additional ideas for usage of the tools we evaluated on this wiki, as well as others on the Top 100 Tools, see the Guide to Use of the Top 100 Tools.

We welcome questions, additional ideas, and any feedback you have for us. If you wish to add content to our site, please send a request for an invitation to this wiki. Thanks.


Ashley Cauthon(Wiki Creator): Glogster Edu and Wikis
Kasa Sullivan: Edmodo and Slideshare
Angela Patterson: Mango and Quizinator
Penny Cruz: Diigo, Blogs, and Wordle
D'Arcy Simmons: Pinterest and Quizlet