Participants in this course will examine how social media is an integral part of the school community. The positive and negative impact of social media on the school community will be discussed and explored. Participants will learn strategies to navigate social media concerns and issues. The course will help educators learn about norms in digital citizenship and how to plan and integrate social media tools in their classroom and school community. Social media frameworks for projects, lesson plans, and school functions will be reviewed. Participants will leave the course with social media tools to engage their students in new learning mediums and improve the classroom and school community environment.
By the conclusion of this course, each participant should be able to do the following:
- Review positive impacts of social media in the classroom and community
- Review common issues with social media in the classroom and community
- Develop an acceptable use policy of social media in the classroom
- Assess Facebook and Instagram in the classroom
- Assess Twitter and Snapchat in the classroom
- Apply current research and trends to educate students about responsible social media use
- Examine successful strategies for preventing social media bullying, harassment and violence at the classroom, school and district level
- Identify and modify educator behaviors that can foster bullying
- Create a plan for intervention (digital citizenship) and/or prevention of social media misuse
- Assess social media use and cyberbullying scenarios
- Reflect on current social media laws and norms
This course is recommended for K-12 teachers and administrators looking to gain background information concerning social media in the school community and learn how to effectively implement social media tools into their classroom. Participants must hold a baccalaureate degree.