Interview with Dr. Jonathan B. Singer on Social Media in Social Work Education
- Figure out your learning objective (regardless of the tools you’ll use to facilitate student learning).
- Become familiar with different social media sites and their function.
- Pinterest: The School Social Work Association of America has a nicely organized and extensive example of pins
- Once you’re clear on your learning objectives, understand the platform, decide which one would help your students best achieve their learning objective.
- Do a technology inventory with your students (could be as simple as a show of hands) to find out how familiar they are with the social network. Many faculty quickly realize that the millenials have been over-sold as technology natives.
- If the social media platform is appropriate and you can manage the tech hand-holding that it might take to get your students comfortable with completing an academic assignment on a social network, then assign it, evaluate it, and write up your findings for the Social Work and Technology community on Google+.