'It’s the information provided in the book and on the website, and the ease of navigation Dr Poore has created in using social media in learning, that make it an essential resource for teachers. The extensive and useful contents pages clearly identify the ‘topics’: the nuts and bolts of social media, as well as the ways of accessing them, using them and thinking about them'-James Dellit, J&J Dellit blog
'It is refreshing to come across a book which combines practical ideas, tips and considerations with serious pedagogical content. It considers how to use social media in the class, as well as why this is such as great opportunity to promote learning and what we should be looking for to ensure students are being appropriately challenged. It is written in accessible language, de-mystifying concepts for the beginner, and challenging experienced social media users to focus on higher-order thinking skills rather than on the 'bells and whistles' technology itself. Highly recommended'
>Margaret Meredith, Senior Lecturer Primary Education
York St John University
'This book claims to 'bring together the information you need to safely, knowledgeable and creatively integrate social media in your classroom'. It does a good job.
It is not a step-by-step how to guide - there are plenty of those on line. It is an accessible, informative read that will give the teacher the background they need on the topic, ideas of how to get started and useful advice on putting ideas into practice. The inclusion of advice on how to scaffold the introduction of social media to learners is particularly welcome.
Importantly; risk, safety, the digital divide and anticipation of problems are discussed - the things that can otherwise put teachers off. Links are made to educational theory, with reference to further reading for those who want to explore this further.
I would recommend it to practicing teachers, trainee teachers and those involved in the training and development of teachers'
-Andrew Connell, Keele University
'Megan Poore's Using Social Media in the Classroom provides a balanced and thorough account of that ways in which social media and Web 2.0 technologies can be used by teachers to enhance and support the learning of students across the curriculum. Poore provides a strong rationale for the use of social media in the classroom, and carefully links the technological applications to contemporary learning theory and pedagogical approaches. Her treatment of the possible social media and web 2.0 applications is comprehensive and detailed, and contextualised within the broader issues related to young people and ICTs. Using Social Media in the Classroom will be useful for experienced teachers searching for ways to meaningfully integrate ICTs into their pedagogical repertoire and for teacher education students thinking about how to integrate their current use of social media into their practice'
-Nicole Mockler, The University of Newcastle, Australia
About the Author
Megan Poore is the PhD Academic and Research Skills Advisor at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. For over ten years she has worked as an academic, researcher, academic skills advisor, and an educational designer, giving her a unique understanding of the issues that confront both staff and students in the integration of social media into their every day study and research practices. Megan has won several awards – both nationally and internationally – for her SkillSoup podcasting project and is particularly known for her best practice approaches to risk management in the area of social media. Megan is the author of Using Social Media in the Classroom: A Best Practice Guide and co-author with Gail Craswell of Writing for Academic Success (Second Edition), both also published by SAGE. Megan holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Australian National University.