Unleash Student Connectivity & Engagement through Social Media in K-16 Online Learning
Thursday, March 9 11:30-11:50 AM Location: Bonnell
Presider: Brian Kinghorn, Marshall University, United States
Abstract: Secretary Arne Duncan once said “The hard thing is to stop doing old things. I think so often in education, we’re good at starting things and less good at stopping things that don’t have as much impact.” The rapid proliferation of social media in the 21st century has left teachers scrambling to understand the implications of networked students and the associated pedagogical possibilities and challenges within online learning environments (Krutka & Carpenter, 2016). To date, many educators and education policies have focused more on the problems associated with social media than the opportunities. School rules are often directed to what students should not do with social media, rather than what they should or could do (Carpenter & Krutka, 2014). Social media can be effectively leveraged to make “learning look like how kid’s live” (Barnes, 2014). Now is the time to learn how to liberate student engagement & connectivity through social media within K-16 online learning environments.