The Socially Networked Classroom: Teaching in the New Media Age

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Web sites like Facebook and Twitter have transformed the way young people interact and communicate. With appropriate guidelines, students' social-networking skills can be harnessed to develop new literacies and deepen teaching and learning in the 21st century.

The Socially Networked Classroom demonstrates how pioneering teachers have successfully integrated screen-based literacies into their instruction. This book includes

Real-world activities and lesson examples with assignment sheets, assessments, and rubrics

Ideas on fostering collaborative learning using blogs, wikis, nings, and other interactive media

Tips on Internet safety, blogging etiquette, protected blogging sites, and more

Blog entries from classroom teachers

With this accessible guide for Grades 5-12, teachers of all levels of technological expertise can help students develop the new literacies necessary to succeed in a digital world.

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Editorial Reviews

Bud Hunt
"Kist chronicles his journey in both the classroom and online, as well as that of many other teachers navigating these new spaces with their students. He writes as a learner should, sharing what he discovers along the way. I appreciate the notes from the road, and I suspect educators will find much to take back to their classrooms. I like even more that he asks important questions while capturing how he and several other master teachers have attempted to ask and answer them with their own students. You will, too."
Richard Beach
"The innovative classroom activities in this engaging book will inspire teachers to help students acquire digital-media literacies for collaborating on and sharing their work—literacies essential for participation in a networked world."
Sheila M. Gragg
"A veritable smorgasbord of ideas and suggestions. This text grabbed me right away, and I started flagging all sorts of ideas even in the earliest chapters. It is as if Bill Kist met me in the hallway, took me by the hand, and simply said, 'Come here, I want to show you something.' "
Sharon Elin
"This book marks our place in the whirlwind transformation of Internet technology that launched users in a surprisingly sudden (and often unnoticed) leap from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0. Kist shows educators both a mirror and a map, explaining where we are and where we might go in this vastly rich frontier of knowledge and learning. The paths he shows us spill into layered networks of inter-crossing connections and intersections—a true 'web' of knowledge—replacing old, tired, and narrow paths."
Elliot Soloway
"I loved this book. I learned a great deal about 'texts' and about how to teach 'texts' to students in the digital age. But what was so compelling about this book was the genuineness of the author; he cares passionately about his students and passionately about the subject matter. As Dewey points out, effective education must have an emotional component; indeed, the book’s credibility and authority derives from its core emotional energy."
Sue Collins
"This book is totally compelling and geared to a slice of the teaching profession that is in desperate need of the kind of guidance and insight that Kist offers. By sharing his creative teaching methods, he points out the openings in teachers’ practice where shift can happen."
Joanne de Groot
"This book is the push that many educators need to seriously think about why and how they 'do' technology in schools and implement the changes necessary toensure our students are networked andconnected 21st-century learners.It should be in the hands of all teachers and teacher-librarians."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412967013
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/20/2009
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,254,887
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

William Kist, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Kent State University. Previously, a middle school and high school English teacher and a Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum supervisor, Dr. Kist has become a sought-after consultant and trainer for school districts across the United States, primarily in the area of 21st century classrooms. With years of experience in imaginatively using instructional technology himself, Dr. Kist has also described the new media uses of teachers across the globe in three books and over 50 articles. His books demonstrate how teachers are making Web 2.0 applications, including social networking, work for them in their classrooms. His expertise in curriculum mapping and his knowledge of the Common Core performance assessment has been drawn upon by such organizations as the National Council of Teachers of English and the Ohio Department of Education . For his expertise on 21st century classrooms, Dr. Kist has been interviewed by publications such as U.S. News and World Report, The Observer (UK), and Education Week’s Digital Directions, and Tech & Learning Magazine.

Dr. Kist maintains an active blogosphere and Twitter presence. Find his blog at Follow him on Twitter at:

Dr. Kist holds a Ph D in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University. He received a master of arts in educational administration and a bachelor of arts in secondary education from the University of Akron.

Presentation Titles

· Updating the Standards: Bridging the Gaps

· Writing in a Digital Age

· New Literacies in Action

  • The Socially Networked Classroom
  • Motivating the Unmotivated Adolescent Reader
  • Curriculum Audits

Other Possible Topics:

· Mapping the Common Core

· Aligning high school curricula and college readiness standards

· Integrating the anchor standards through all academic areas

· Energizing the high school classroom

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Preparing Students for a World Gone Flat Kylene Beers vii

Acknowledgements xi

About the Author xiii

1 The Writing Is on the Screen: Social Networking Is Here to Stay 1

Terminology and Trends 2

The Myth of a "Safe" Adolescence 4

The Script at School 5

The Structure of This Book 6

New Literacies: Essential Questions 8

2 "Short": Social Networking in a Low-Tech Environment 11

How Have We Been Shaped by Media Experiences? 12

How Do New Forms Shape Reading and Writing? 17

How Do We Respond to Film Texts? 21

What Does it Mean to Represent an Idea Visually? 25

What Does "Genre" Mean, Particularly When We Are Working Across Texts? 26

What is the Power Behind Listing and Classifying Texts? 28

How Do We Form Communities? 30

How Do We Work Together? 33

Who is the Audience for Our Writing in a New Media Age? 37

How Do We Multitask or Do Things Simultaneously and/or Synchronously 40

How Do New Formats Transform Writings? 42

Pausing to Reflect 43

A Blog Post From the Field: Cassie Neumann 45

3 "Tall": Social Networking in a Medium-Tech Environment 47

How Do We Communicate Safely Online? 48

What Does "Fair Use" Mean in a Web 2.0 World? 50

What Does it Mean to Have a Dialogue With a Text Using Hyperlinks 51

What Are the Generally Accepted Rules for Blogging? 54

How Do We Co-construct What We're Reading and Studying? 62

How Can We Create Portfolios to Look at Work Over a Period of Time? 65

A Blog Post From the Field: William Chamberlain 69

4 "Grande": Social Networking in an Unlimited Tech Environment 71

What is it Like Being Part of the Blogosphere? 71

What Does it Mean to Do Inquiry? 75

How DoWe Evaluate What We Read? 79

How Do We Discuss Issues With People Face-to-Face and Across the World? 81

A Blog Post From the Field: Kim Whitaker 95

5 "Venti": Social Networking in an Unlimited Tech Environment 97

How Do we Use Facebook to Learn What We Need to Learn? 97

What is it Like to Telecommute? 99

What Does Learning Look Like Outside of the School Day? 109

A Blog Post From the Field: Clarence Fisher 113

6 "Refill": Continuing the Dialogue 115

Will Social Networking Be Used to Free Students or More Tightly Limit Their Freedoms? 115

What is the Relationship Between Entertainment and Education? 118

Is There Enough Time in My Schedule for Social Networking? 120

What Should Our Schools Aspire to? 121

Appendix: Sample Letters to Parents 123

References 129

Index 131

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