Social Networking in Education: Blog 3, Week 6

 

Current Social Networking and Media Technologies to Assist and Enhance Education

How can Social Networking be used for Educational Purposes?

In the 21st century, the way technology can be used in today’s education has its advantages and disadvantages. Technology can certainly help individuals earn their college degrees online that would lead to road of financial success, but it can also become a distraction at the same time (O’Brien, 2012), For example, I have seen first hand students viewing their Facebook page when their supposed to be working on an assignment. Yes, I agree social networking can certainly assist with completing assignments and collaborating with other classmates, such as Q and A with the teacher and other classmates in real time, and taking notes (Bonk & Zhang, 2006). Technology can help individuals reach for success ands excellence but need to block out unnecessary distractions from social networking that isn’t relevant to the topic of subject in a class course (Vanwynsberghe & Verdegem, 2013).

Social networking used for Educational Purposes

I haven’t seen social networking used for educational purposes except for Q and A and live lectures in real time which can be helpful in collaborating with other classmates and the teacher on the subject matter being discussed at taught (O’Brien, 2016). Social networking can be useful in education, but students must learn to block out distractions, such as Facebook alerts, Twitter and live chatrooms (Vanwynsberghe & Verdegem, 2013).

How does the Church use Social Networking for the Kingdom of God?

The Bible does state to preach the word of God to all four corners of the earth in the last days, read Mark 15:16. Social networking can provide services, including sermons and prayer request through video in real time which can reach the lost souls for Christ. I have also seen the downside of social networking within services, including individuals viewing and texting which is extremely disrespectful to the church and God.

References

Bonk, C., & Zhang, K. (2006). Introducing the R2D2 model: Online learning for the diverse learners of this world. Distance Education, 27(2), pp. 249-264.doi:10.1080/01587910600789670

O’Brien, L. (2012). Six Ways to Use Social Media in Education. Retrieved Feb 27, 2018, from https://learninginnovation.duke.edu/blog/2012/04/six-ways-to-use-social-media-in-

Vanwynsberghe, H., & Verdegem, P. (2013). Integrating social media in education. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 15(3). Retrieved Feb 27, 2018, from http://link.galegroup.com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/apps/doc/A349722107/AONE?u=vic_liberty&sid=AONE&xid=c552dcc1

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Technology Apps – Special Education

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Apps for Special Education Students (Blog 2, Module 3 LUO 630)

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Educational Apps used to help assist students with delay developmental delay disability disorders, such as autism, physical impairments, behaviorally challenged, and cognitive deficits (Hamilton, 2015). Teachers find Symbaloo apps are helpful in assisting those students that struggle academically, socially, and behaviorally.

There are two apps that are useful for supporting students diagnosed with a known disability, such as the first app called ClassDojo which is used for social and behavior skills. Link to ClassDojo: https://www.classdojo.com/about-v2/ Overall accessibility and features of ClassDojo, including, transforming education for every kid in the world. To do this is simply connecting teachers, parents, and students in every classroom, and work with them every day to bring the best ideas into their classrooms. It’s not about creating an “ideal” classroom, a one-size-fits-all model that everyone must fit, because there’s no such thing. Instead, we believe that teachers, parents and students should have the power to create an incredible classroom that is best for them. And, teachers and other educational professionals believe that when you give good people simple ways to do the right things, amazing things will happen. That’s how we believe we can transform education. ClassDojo can certainly help and support every teacher, parent, and student in the world create an incredible classroom all their own (Sawyer, 2012). ClassDojo is used for grades K-12 and grades 6-12 for moderate/severe students in a high-school setting. The second app called PowToon which is commonly used by teachers abroad all grade levels due to its unique features, design and background templates. PowToon has the potential to be an effective tool for both teachers and kids. Teachers will need to familiarize themselves with the tool before introducing it to students, however, and they’ll need to spend some time walking students through the basics. Then, just let kids get creative. Instead of having them write reports, assign presentations on topics as varied as historical images, science experiments, or literary analysis. Have them work in groups and present to the class, or work on their own and present directly to you.  PowToon is great for Grades K 12, and adults seeking a higher education (Perez, 2012). Professionally speaking, I haven’t had the opportunity to use this software, but other teachers had nothing to say “what a brilliant and creative program for students of the 21st century. Teachers can liven up their lessons with attention-grabbing presentations on an unlimited number of topics.

The two applications can be used in for church organizations and affiliates, educational institutions and facilities, that can help support school and church classroom with individuals with exceptionalities. Now, ClassDojo isn’t designed for adult learners, but helpful for students grades K-12. However, PowToon is a great design tool for all ages.

How churches use mobile apps and presentation tools to members and seekers? Since, we do live in the 21st century, and the age of technology, that continues to advance and change every year. God is the creator of knowledge, wisdom and information which he provides scientists, technology design experts, and computer engineers knowledge on developing state of the art technology, that’s been used increasingly among churches (Purcell, 2017). Example of how apps are used within church organizations and groups, including online services, 24-hour prayer request, apps for tithing, and presentations tools for teaching Sunday school, church services, and holding conference, and seminars. Furthermore, technology tools such as apps and presentation tools help connect members and seekers alike within the church setting.

References

Hamilton, B. (2015). Integrating technology in the classroom. Tools to meet the needs of student. Eugene, Oregon: International Society for Technology in Education.

Perez, S. (2012). TechCrunch. “Now everyone can make marketizing videos: PowToon launches DIY presentation tool. Retrieved Feb 8, 2018. from https://www.techcrunch.com/2012/06/26/how-everyone-can-make-marketing-videos-powtoon-launches-diy-presentation-tool/

Purcell, K. (2017). Top 8 church app providers.  Church Tech Today. Retrieved Feb 10, 2018, from https://churchtechtoday.com/2017/06/02/8-best-church-app-providers

Sawyer, P. (2012). “ClassDojo taps $1.6 million in seed funding, as its student behavior-improvement platform rolls out of beta”. TheNextWeb. Retrieved Feb 8, 2018 from https//: thenextweb.com/insider/2012/08/15/classdojo-announces—1-6m-seed-funding-rolls-student-behavior-improvement-platform-beta/