Meaningful Learning and Social Media


Please complete the following immediately (if you’ve not already done so):

  1. Complete the student information form, if you have not done it yet.
  2. If you don’t have dropbox account, please create one.


Are we type A, B, or C?

We’ll do a short activity to learn more about your classmates and share each other’s portfolios.


What was the big idea or takeaway you had from the Meaningful Learning with Technology chapter? Was there anything that surprised you? My favorite takeaway? This quote from the Jonassen text (p. 2): “In order for students to learn meaningfully, they must be willfully engaged in a meaningful task.” I strongly recommend you memorize it. Seriously, say it with me: “In order for students to learn meaningfully, they must be willfully engaged in a meaningful task.”

Each group has been assigned a characteristic of meaningful learning with technology. Let’s watch a video of a learning activity and see if we can identify any of the characteristics.

If you are going to memorize anything this semester (besides the quote) – I would strongly recommend that you memorize these 5 characteristics.  You’ll be seeing and using them all semester long . . .


Social Media can be a great resource for professional development. It can also really get in the way of getting a professional position. So how do we navigate a world with amazing potential and potential pitfalls? We all need to think about how we might develop a professional social media strategy.  At most, you are three or four years away from entering your chosen profession – it’s time to create your social media profile so you don’t find yourself removing tags from Facebook photos, creating a barebones LinkedIn account, and learning what Twitter is the night before a big job interview.

Today’s task has several parts. Please make sure to read the directions carefully and complete all required tasks. Remember, this project is worth 5% of your final grade – take it seriously.

Step One: Reading About Social Media

It’s impossible to find the “perfect” article for you to read about social media. The problem is – the “perfect” article depends on what you’re interested in. There’s so much good stuff out there – I want you to find your own article.  So here’s what you’re going to do:

  1. Think about what it is you want to know about social media: teaching with social media in science classrooms, using social media in a marketing plan, creating a social media identity, guidelines for teachers using social media, creating a personal learning network (pln) with social media, speech language pathologists on Twitter, etc.
  2. Use this topic to do a google search for an article/video/resource that is directly related to your interest. Find something that interests you and READ IT!!
  3. Create a Google or Word Document called “Social Media”
  4. Link to the article you found, write a brief explanation of why you chose that topic and how you found the article (2 or 3 sentences), then write 3 or 4 paragraphs about what this article means to you, how it informs your understanding of social media, and what is in the article that you will use in your profession.

Step Two: Exploring Social Media

There are many different social media tools – and to have a social media identity, you don’t need to actively use all of them. I’ve created a list of nine social media tools – you will need to choose 3 tools to begin to create your social media identity. You’ll be using these tools to build a professional identity – so if you already have a personal Twitter account – think about having a separate one for the professional topics. If you have another social media tool you’d like to use and it isn’t listed here – feel free to include it. These tools aren’t linked because you simply need to type the name of the tool into your browser address bar and it will take you directly to the tool. If you need help creating a profile on one of these sites – please text or email me.

Facebook          LinkedIn          YouTube          Twitter          WordPress          Blogger

Vimeo                Pinterest          Google+          FourSquare    Instagram

Step Three: Building a Social Media Strategy 

Once you’ve created accounts for your 3 tools, think about how you might use these tools in your profession. On your “Social Media” Google Document, set some current and future goals for your identity. These should be realistic goals and should be very specific.  You’ll want one set of goals for each of the 3 tools you chose. Make sure to include a link to your Twitter feed, Pinterest board, LinkedIn profile, etc. Please note that you will also be asked to follow some K12 related boards and feeds later in the course, even if you are not an education major.

Here’s an example of goal-setting for Pinterest for an elementary school teacher:

**Build a professional Pinterest account around learning centers for a 2nd grade classroom.
Immediate Goal:
 Create a board for each subject area and spend at least 5 minutes a day pinning ideas. Find at least 2 new people to follow each day in order to collect more ideas to pin. Comment on at least 5 pins each day to generate traffic to my boards and to build a network of teachers to collect learning center ideas.
Future Goal: Develop my own original learning center ideas and post to Pinterest.

Step Four: Growing Your Social Media Identity

Now that you’ve set some goals – work on them for the remainder of the semester. During the last week of class you’ll be reporting on how much progress you’ve made towards your goals. So make sure you chose tools that interest you and relate to your profession and make sure you chose goals that are doable. There will also be some small tasks related to this project that you will complete over the course of the semester.

Here’s an example from Maymester.  And I have some social media resources on my Pinterest board for my EDIT 4020 class.

Step Five: Turning it in

In order to turn in your work, you will need to do the following:

  1. Save your completed document (you’ll need to download your Google Doc as a pdf if you didn’t use Word).
  2. Save your completed document to a DropBox folder that you will need to create for this class.
  3. Add a link to your DropBox folder onto your portfolio
  4. Add your 3 social media tools as apps onto your portfolio.

**If you are unsure of how to do any part of 1-4, please have your document completed and come to class at 8:00 on Thursday for assistance.


  1. Need more reasons to clean up your social media? Read this short article.
  2. Read Bray, B., & McClaskey, K. (2013). A step-by-step guide to personalize learning. Learning & Leading with Technology40(7), 12-19.  You can find this article in the May 2013 issue of Learning & Leading with Technology in our Readings DropBox folder. This article directly relates to a large portion of what you will read from the NETP. It is also a good introduction for the 20% Project you’ll begin working on this week.
  3. Don’t forget that your Social Media Identity project (step one) is due at the beginning of class on Thursday.
  4. And remember: “In order for students to learn meaningfully, they must be willfully engaged in a meaningful task.”

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