Major Project idea

I have been thinking a lot about what option to choose for my major project. Like AdamCatherine, Laurie, and many other of my EC&I 832 classmates  I decided to select Option 2: Personal journey into the media.

I am not a heavy user of Social media, and I feel it is about time to learn about different applications. I have four kids’ age ranges from 11 to 18. I need to understand the world they live in and be able to discuss things based on knowledge, not on what I prefer or used to when I was at their age.

For example, I never read the terms of use or privacy policy for any of my apps or software. Is it essential to do so for social media apps?

It is crucial for me at the end of this personal journey to be able to answer some of these few questions

  • What are the benefits of social media for our kids?

  • What are some of the privacy issues those apps have?
  • What they need to know to handle any issues they face using them?
  • How can “parents” keep them safe on social media?
  • How students can digitally collaborate?
  • Understand what is Cyberbullying; how can it happen using the selected apps and how our kids can stand up against it?
  • Can social media be used to help solve national/ international problems?

To be able to answer these questions, I will:

  1. Create accounts on these platforms and use them a fair amount of time
  2. Review each app in details
  3. Check the terms of uses and privacy policy for each app
  4. Highlight the pros and cons.

I hope to develop infographic guidelines at the end of reviewing each app for parents and students that include:

  • How to safely use each app
  • How can  (educational) resources be accessed through apps?
  • Variety of resources to educate students about digital citizenship
  • How to use social media for digital commerce in a cashless society?
  • social media culture and etiquette
  •  rights and responsibilities of users

I asked my kids about the most popular apps nowadays. They mentioned Snapchat, Tiktok and Instagram. I choose Snapchat and Instagram.

They weren’t much of a help for the educational one. I am thinking of starting with Flipgrid. Can you recommend some of the other educational apps you use in the classroom?

10 thoughts on “Major Project idea

  1. Hi Nataly,

    I’m excited to see that you’re exploring Snapchat, as this is an app I’ve always been curious about in an educational setting. I’ve heard of it being used, but haven’t come across anyone I know who is using it in their classroom. I’m looking forward to learning more about what you discover as you investigate this app. While I’ve been utilizing twitter in my classroom for the majority of my career, I just recently switched over to Instagram as I too realized that this was one of the most popular apps my students were on. I’ve found it to be a very beneficial way for my students to document and showcase their learning each week. While I’m still figuring out new ways to use the app with my students, I would be happy to share any knowledge I can with you if you have any questions. You can also follow our class account if you want to see how I’ve been utilizing it so far this year.: https://www.instagram.com/thebrescianibunch/

    I look forward to following your learning journey!

    Matt

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    1. Thanks for sharing your class account I will definitely start following it. I have a Twitter account since 2009. I was a silent follower and observer until I started taking classes with Alec. I find Twitter has a huge amount of accessible information. Getting professional feedback in any subject matter is a big plus I see on Twitter.

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  2. Dean Vendramin

    Hi Nataly,

    There was a typo in your blog should be Flipgrid (you have a b instead of a p). You may want to check out the app Remind (https://www.remind.com/landing) I have used this in my class to ‘remind’ students about assignments (through text pictures files) and can also turn on a chat feature and connect with kids through text messages. Remind basically allows on to connect to their students through a third party (they can’t see your number and you can see theirs – parents can sign up to a class through a code to) – you can send group messages but also send individual messages too. I find it very useful. Good luck with your project.

    Dean

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    1. Many thanks, Dean, for pointing out the typo. I have fixed it. I never thought of Remind. I used it as a parent and found it pretty useful. It makes it easy to communicate with teachers. I will add it to my list of apps to look at.

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  3. mnhegi

    Hi!

    Many of our teachers use Seesaw and while it seems almost now “an oldie but a goodie”, it seems really user friendly for our parents who come from a variety of technological skills, knowledge and eagerness for knowledge ranges. Seesaw makes uploading and sharing incredibly easy for videos, photos and on the fly posts that teachers can make without much time or effort or using an entire prep! It has, in many cases, taken the place of digital portfolios.

    Look forward to following your journey!
    Michala

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  4. catherineready

    Looking forward to comparing our social media journeys! I am also going to look at Flipgrid for an educational app – it is completely new to me, but like the idea of students being able to respond to videos with videos. Amanda also suggested that I look at the “For You” section of Snapchat because it is often inappropriate for kids. Something to consider!

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  5. Hi Nataly! I really like the structure and detail that you put into the questions in which you are going to look into your apps. I have rarely seen Snapchat used in the classroom, but it is immensely popular with us millennials and our students. Instagram is definitely becoming more and more popular for use in education. Flipgrid is a great app for educators, and I can send you some resources for Flipgrid if you are looking for some, as this is one app I encourage teachers in my school division to explore.

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