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Megan Poore
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1 Oct 2012 144620281X 978-1446202814

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 How much do you know about using social media in your teaching?

Using Social Media in the Classroom is an essential guide to Web 2.0 sites and services, providing both an overview of different types of digital technologies as well as constructive guidance on how to safely and intelligently use them as tools for learning.

This comprehensive, accessible textbook combines practical information on using all forms of social media for educational purposes and provides indispensable advice on how to tackle issues arising from social media use in the classroom.

Analysis of important contemporary topics is also included:

  • digital literacy and new modes of learning
  • digital participation and overcoming the 'digital divide'
  • cyberbullying and understanding risk online

An accompanying Wiki website including additional resources and handouts supporting the book can be found at allowing you access to Megan, her additional resources, and any other materials other students post and share.

This is crucial reading for all students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education courses, and practising teachers seeking to improve their understanding of using social media for teaching in informed and appropriate ways.

Megan Poore is Assistant Professor in Teacher Education at the University of Canberra.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (1 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144620281X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446202814
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 17 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars the definitive work on the subject 3 Oct 2013
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This excellent work is academic in style, so it is not a "dummy's guide" for that section of your bookshelf. That isn't to say that it is complex, the reverse is true in that this book is easily assimilated, but the writing style leans a little more towards 'thesis'.

The author has rigorously examined the various aspects of social media and harnessed them to demonstrate how teaching can be enhanced or delivered.

Full consideration has been given to the issue of blogging - all aspects are considered, discussed and presented. Wikis, social media and podcasting are given the same in-depth analysis, using a structure that gives the book a helpful layout and allows easy comparison between the subjects.

The issue of enriching teaching practice is also given a great among of space, and a discussion of how you can use IM, chat, Skype and Twitter.

There is also space devoted to the consideration of various productivity tools and there is still space for the discussion of hot items such as new methods of learning, the digital divide and cyber-bullying.

This serious aid for the teacher, presenter or public speaker is a professional attempt to give a one book solution; it may even have succeeded.

I cannot recommend this book enough, it will enrich your teaching and engage your learners.
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3.0 out of 5 stars quite an informative read for teachers 15 Sep 2013
By P. Bradshaw VINE VOICE
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Using Social Media in the Classroom: A Best Practice Guide is a book squarely aimed at educators. Despite the author being Australian - this book has ideas that could work in many classrooms around the world, albeit only if they are connected to the internet.
The style of writing is quite dull, in my opinion, and I wasn't that excited about the guidance on how to use the power and opportunities that the World Wide Web eschews as tools for learning - blogs, wikis,social networks and podcasting, though no doubt some readers would find these sections useful.

The sections I most enjoyed (though still very dry) were the chapters in Part 4 on Social Contexts - covering digital literacy, digital divisions and digital participation. Chapter 15 on cyberbullying is also quite thought-provoking.

I would certainly recommend teachers with any interest in new media to read this book but caution them that for excitement and cutting edge practice they would need to look elsewhere.

Best quote... page 175
"students may appear confident around digital technology and social media, but confidence should not be mistaken for competence."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful as a reference book 8 Dec 2013
By Eleimon Gonis VINE VOICE
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The era of social media has been truly upon us for some time now. It seems that if schools, universities and even companies want to engage students and staff alike, they need to move with the times and make use of the tools of the electronic trade, as it were, that hide as many dangers as their benefits.

As such, this book is written with the educator in mind; the person that needs to make all these things possible and try hard to maintain students' engagement. It is a reference book in my opinion, as it blends the academic aspect of using social media in education with the more practical applications of it.

Many previous reviewers commented on the dry and academic nature of the text. This did not bother me much, as I come from a Higher Education background, where most of the times language can be "archaic", but I am sure that other colleagues at different levels might want something more engaging and more applied.

All in all, it is a good reference book, which covers most areas of social media and reminds us that although sometimes we take for granted that our students are more tech-savv than us, this is a) not necessarily the case and more importantly b) there are easily implementable ways of "catching up" and making their "journey" a more pleasurable one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for the Modern Teacher 3 Nov 2013
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As a Secondary School Teacher who is, I would like to think, averagely IT savvy, I found I had a great deal to learn from this book. Though the style is quite academic in nature, there is much food for thought and suggestions as to how to integrate use of wikis, twitter and survey monkey into your lessons every day. I have tried out several of the ideas, though time poor as I suspect many teachers are these days, I will continue to dip into this tome for inspiration (though don't see me using facebook in my day job any time, there are plenty of other useful suggestions), and will explore the possibilities of mobile learning as explained in this book.

Only really for those teachers who really want to improve their use of IT in their teaching, an informed and informative book on this topic.
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By M. W. Hatfield VINE VOICE
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Good little book,which I we could recommend to all teachers. It spells out, clearly and simply, ways in which social media can be used to support learning.No, it is not exciting, and the prose lacks vigour. This may actually be a strength,because it is high in clarity and readability. Worth buying, but only if you intend to use it!
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This will be an interesting read for teachers. Social media as an educational tool is a hot topic at the moment and the subject of much debate in the sector. We can all appreciate the benefits it could provide, but there are a also a lot of thorny issues to consider such as cyber-bullying and all of these aspects are covered in the book.

Although this is a useful guide for beginners, I would prefer to have a much more engaging text to offer teachers. This is an area that is alight with opportunity and should get educators excited about the possibilities, but this book is rather more plodding than inspirational.
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