What is Social Networking?

Social Networking "is the grouping of individuals into specific groups" [WhatIsSocialNetworking.com].

Interesting questions

  • What is the educational potential of Social Networking?
  • How to use Social Networking in Teacher Education and Teacher Training? (Application fields)

Application scenarios in education

  • Let two groups or individuals quizz each other. By giving hints and questionning each other in facebook, they try to solve each others quizz.
  • Micro-Networking for language learning: Use the chat-function of any tool (Skype etc. will also work). Give the students a theme to discuss and let them agree on when they will chat, who will monitor the discussion (small groups!) and who will send the protocoll to the teacher.

Tools

Facebook, LinkedIn, Xing (Business Networking)
Google+

For Students
StudiVZ, Hyves

How Social Networking works

Social Networking - Video Tutorial



References

Literature

Saunders, S. (2008). The Role of Social Networking Sites in Teacher Education Programs: A Qualitative Exploration. In K. McFerrin et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 2223-2228). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. EdITLib

Özkan, B. & McKenzie, B. (2008). Social Networking Tools for Teacher Education. In K. McFerrin et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 2772-2776). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. EdITLib PDF Slides