It’s heartwarming to hear the stories about students who have kicked off their school year by fighting against bullies with kindness, like in this story. But how can educators keep students focused on being nice to each other for the months to come? How do you get students to stop and think before posting an inappropriate photo of someone, when blasting out a post to their peers only … Continue reading Media Monday: Using Geo-Education to Fight Bullying
This blog is written by National Geographic Education Social Media Intern, Amelia Tidona, as a part of the Geography Awareness blog-a-thon. As the Social Media & Promotion Intern for National Geographic Education, I am always on the lookout for interesting articles that involve the collision of geography education and social media. Interestingly, these two areas are beginning to collide more often as cartographers attempt to … Continue reading Geography & Social Media Colliding
TECHNOLOGY When disaster strikes, chaos can ensue—especially on social media, where thousands of Tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagrams can overwhelm human capacity to get a clear picture of who needs what. “Crisis mapper” Patrick Meier is harnessing the information-gathering power of social media to improve the speed and effectiveness of typhoon-relief efforts in the Philippines. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to learn more about … Continue reading Crisis Mapping the Philippines
Hello! Bonjour! Hola! Oi!
Having already been in the nation’s capital for over a week, one would think that I would have taken the time to sit down and write. In the end, my assignment with National Geographic is to connect with all of you through our blog and social media platforms. Yet, I have been far too busy exploring Nat Geo’s immense campus, wandering the halls in search of explorers, and attending conferences to best educate myself on how to connect with you, the reader.
So now it’s finally time for me to sit down and say hey! (Well, I guess I already did so six separate times above). My name is Justin Fisch and I am the new Social Media and Promotion Intern with National Geographic Education. I officially started work with the Society last Monday, and will be with you until the beginning of August. I hail from Nova Scotia, Canada, by way of the great state of Florida, where I have been educated for the past decade. I recently graduated from the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences. At UF, I triple-majored (or so they call it) in Political Science, Geography, and Sustainability Studies. I also received minors in Latin American Studies and International Studies in Agriculture & Life Sciences, two very keen interests of mine.
1. Twitter. Teachers can now use Twitter, a popular micro-blogging service, to start dialogues with teachers and students in all parts of the world. A great example of how Twitter is redefining the concept of a global classroom comes from Overton High School teacher Adam Taylor. Adam connects his students with students from all over the world, even making time before regular school hours for his students to converse with their peers from Pakistan across an eleven hour time difference. Adam says, “I can see this project going a long way to helping my students understand different parts of our country and the world. With the right online tools students are not limited to learning from a book or the teacher in the room. The world and the people living on it become the classroom and the teacher.” To learn more about how Adam developed this project, and about his current work as a classroom innovator, check out his blog, 2footgiraffe.
2. Skype. With Skype, teachers can add face value to the cultural conversation. Skype can be implemented into the classroom in a variety of ways, in fact, teachingdegree.org lists 50 awesome ways to use Skype in conjunction with education. In terms of defying the traditional restrictions of place and space, one example from Seth Dickens of DigitaLang reveals how adding interaction over Skype can bridge a cultural gap between students negotiating a language barrier. Seth Dickens’ Italian language class had been using Twitter to practice written conversations with students in Italy learning English. To finish off a great semester of applying social media in the classroom, his students planned a “face-to-face” finale with their Italian peers via Skype. Seth wrote of the event, “overall my students left the classroom with big smiles on their faces after staying behind late (after a hard day of exams). In my book that’s a lesson that has worked well!”
3. Edmodo. Carol J. Carter, expert in student success and transition asks, “Have you ever wished you could connect your students with students across the world? What about provide a once in a lifetime experience to your students without having to leave the classroom?” Carol believes that Edmodo is the answer. A classroom of 5th graders has recently put this new social media platform to the test as they connect with other students around the world. The Quad City Times reports that about two dozen students participating in an Extended Learning Program project are communicating online with students across the country as well as in Canada, Japan, China, India, and Poland in an effort to put together projects about their daily lives and the things that make them different and the same. The students communicate through Edmodo, an online social network designed for teachers and students that is formatted similar to Facebook. The teams are assigned topics for their projects based on an aspect of their everyday lives, such as food, clothing, celebrations, housing, transportation and school.