10 Social Media Competencies for 21st Century Teachers

Digital social networking is a game changer in the learning landscape. It is an invention that amounts in its importance and usefulness to the big inventions that marked all mankind history. In ancient times, cultures, in the absence of any established sign language to encode its content, were orally based.

Storytelling was the major vehicle to pass on the human legacy from one generation to the other. Stories constituted the basis of collective learning and now with this rapid uptake of social media networks and their widespread , the notion of collective learning has been revived. There are several communities and affinity spaces where people get to meet and learn from each other irrespective of their geographical locations, race, ethnicity, and gender. The web is teeming with professional learning networks that span a wide variety of disciplines and interests and that, so often, open to anybody to jump in and participate in knowledge building.

The potential of social networking sites in education is huge and we need to capitalize on it to enhance educator professional development and consequently improve the quality of teaching and learning.  Doug Johnson’s post on the 10 social media competencies for teachers inspired this infographic featuring all of these skills.  Have a look and share with your colleagues.

What are The Top Ten Social Learning and Educational Networking Competencies for K-12 Teachers?

  1. Help students use educational networking tools to solve information problems and communicate digitally with experts, peers and instructors.
  2. Know the major Web 2.0 categories and tools that are useful in the K-12 setting. Know which tools are provided/supported by one’s school.
  3. Use educational networking sites to communicate with teaching peers, students and parents.
  4. Navigate, evaluate and create professional content on networking sites.
  5. Use online networking to create, maintain and learn from a personal learning network – AND their students.
  6. Know the district networking guidelines, follow netiquette, conform to ethical standards and interact appropriately with others, especially students, online.
  7. Understand copyright, security and privacy issues on social media sites and share these understandings with students and professional colleagues.
  8. Understand the importance of identity and reputation management using social media and help students understand the long-term impact of personal information shared online.
  9. Create and follow a personal learning plan to stay informed about developing trends, tools and applications of social media.
  10. Participate in the formulation of school and district policies and guidelines related to educational networking and social learning.

Original post by Doug Johnson on Big Blue Skunk at http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2015/10/5/bftp-top-10-social-media-competencies-for-teachers.html.

Infographic posted on Educational Technology and Mobile Learning at http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/01/10-social-media-skills-for-21st-century.html.

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