Social media is changing everything. Nowhere is this more evident than on our college and university campuses. Yet there are unique challenges to incorporating social media into an already established and tested curriculum. We wanted to know how teachers were addressing these challenges.
Originally, we had only planned to create a special panel session at the 2010 AEJMC Denver Conference to address the issues of social media that particularly affect academe. We thought we'd simply host a competition that asked teachers to share how they incorporate social media into the classroom; the top three finalists would be named panelists, and we'd have a successful discussion on best practices in academe for incorporating 'social' into the media mix.
And then the response was so great.
We received 49 entries from teachers across the country, with tons of useful tips, tools, suggested articles, books, and other resources. It was a difficult decision to select a top three since so many offered successful analyses and examples of incorporating social media into the classroom.
That's when we knew we had to share. So with the authors' permission, we put together this blog on Social Media in the Classroom. We hope you'll find it to be as great a resource as we do.