Using Online Social Media To Engage Students

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Four online social networking tools used to engage and support students learning at TAFE


  • 1. Using online social media to engage students Presented by Simon Brown Stonemasonry teacher SkillsTech Australia

2. Using online social media to engage students

  • Aims
  • Brief overview of each tool:
    • Ning
    • Twitter
    • Flickr
    • YouTube
  • Questions: What is your view?

3. Aims

  • Connect with each student (one to one)
  • Build a supportive relationship outside class (one to many)
  • Encourage collaboration between students (many to many)

4. The WWWeb is the platform 5. Ning 6. Twitter 7. Flickr 8. YouTube 9. 10.

  • WhyNing ?
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Customisable profile questions
  • Visually oriented (photos and videos)
  • Aggregates Twitter and Flickr feeds
  • Embeds YouTube videos

Ning social networks 11. Ning social networks

  • Whystomas.ning ?
  • Stoma = alternative portal
  • Sounds a bit like stonemasoning
  • Stone Masoning = stone crafting

12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. I am joining this site because

  • i was held hostige until i did.
  • Simon said, Plus could be a good way to meet other apprentice masons
  • cause you can achieve so much more than what you can get out of it... example trade, knowledge, skills and a good future...
  • i think it is great
  • i'm an apprentice stone mason and would like to keep in contact with mates that i have meet down here at tafe.
  • im joining this site because our teacher wants us to become members of it to update and communicate with other stonemasons and apprentices online

23. I am joining this site because

  • simon said
  • meet more people
  • i want to meet other stone masons
  • to interact with people
  • i am learning at tafe at the moment.
  • something 2 do
  • i'm retarded
  • because I want to learn from the Guru
  • i am currently doing a stonemasonry apprenticeship
  • to meet others with similar interest and hopefully gain more info about stone

24. I am joining this site because

  • networking is good
  • keeping in touch with everyone from tafe
  • Simon made me.
  • I'm helping to build a network of stonemasons
  • i want to learn
  • to keep in touch
  • I'm interested in all things stone. Educating people about stone sculpture has become very important to me and I hope to be able to contribute in some small way.
  • its good

25. I am joining this site because

  • sumfin 2 do & my class teacher made me!!! lol peace
  • To share my interest in stonemasonry
  • Simon would like us 2 have a profile so we can discuss topics online
  • of tafe training and to learn more about the trade
  • its cool
  • I want to learn more about the stone industry
  • because it a good way to keep in touch with my trainer and also the other first apprentices involved in my trade as a stonemason.... and i have found it is a great way to find resources on stonemasonry...
  • We are trying to set up an online community to share stonemasonry stuff.


  • WhyTwitter ?
  • Its simple to use
  • Character limit forces good word choices
  • Twitter has many web applications
  • Can also be set up on a mobile phone

Twitter instant messaging 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36.

  • WhyFlickr ?
  • Very easy to use
  • Metadatasupports media searching
  • Social

Flickr image sharing 37. 38. 39. 40. 41.

  • WhyYouTube ?
  • It is a vast resource
  • Supports metadata
  • Embeddable videoclips

YouTube 42. 43. Questions

  • Has the project achieved its aims?
  • Is it OK to use the WWWeb?
  • Where to from here?