The Super-Secret, Never-Before-Revealed Guide to Web 2.0 in the Classroom
8 easy steps to put even your most reluctant faculty on the pathway to social media mastery.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
In spite of the fact that web 2.0-enabled tools and services are supposed to be easy to set up and simple to use, some faculty in higher ed never got that memo. They don’t know a tweet from a tag, identify Ning as a four-letter word for “river in China”; and would probably guess that Squidoo is a friend of SpongeBob and Patrick. This guide shares foolproof, unintimidating methods for incorporating social media apps into the classroom—guaranteed to work for even the most squeamish scholar.
CT gathered advice from faculty members and other experts from institutions and organizations around the country who have experienced real success in helping timorous teachers incorporate social media in their classrooms. Our panel includes:
- Mary McGlasson, economics faculty, Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ)
- David Ullman, CIO and associate provost, New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Bill Reynolds, director, Instructional Technology and Media Services, NJIT
- Blake Haggerty, assistant director, Instructional Technology and Media Services, NJIT
- David Parry, assistant professor of emerging media and communications, University of Texas at Dallas
- Michael Staton, founder of the Facebook application developer Inigral
This article is what is called, in magazine parlance, a pass-along. That means, give a copy to faculty members and staffers you know will be open to learning more about social media—and who are most likely to talk about it with colleagues.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.