- Australia–Asia BRIDGE School Partnerships
- BRIDGE professional learning
- Social media in education
Social media in education
The use of social media in education is an emergent and constantly expanding phenomenon. A Google search for ‘Web 2.0 tools education’ brings up more than 200 million results!
To help teachers sift through such a plethora of material, at BRIDGE we have identified our favourite online and social media tools to support student communication and collaboration across cultures:
What is social media – in simple English
View video below: an introduction to social media.
Wikispaces is the learning platform used for BRIDGE partnerships. Each Australia-Asia school partnership is allocated a shared 'workspace' for teachers and students to communicate and collaborate.
View school partnership Wikispaces:
Travelbugs is a fun, interactive learning site that allows students to travel the world online and learn about other cultures through the words and photos of the children that live in different countries. Students have the opportunity to share information about themselves, write articles about the country in which they live and collaborate with new friends. Travelbugs addresses the themes of culture, values, diversity and beliefs.
Glogster is a collaborative online learning platform for teachers and students to express their creativity, knowledge, ideas and skills in the classroom. It is a great way for students to create multimedia posters and easily add text, images and video.
Voki is a free service that allows students to create personalized speaking avatars. Voki for Education provides a range of examples and lesson plans on how to integrate this tool.
In recent years, the increased use of synchronous communication tools enables BRIDGE Partnerships to connect with each other in real time. The value of this is endless in building intercultural understanding and engaging students with peers in Asia. Some most commonly used synchronous communication tools being used by school partnerships are:
(commonly used in China)
(commonly used in Indonesia)
There are many other video conferencing applications available, including web-based ones.
Skype Education is a free community to support teachers everywhere to help their students learn through synchronous communication. It’s a place for teachers to connect with each other, find partner classes and share inspiration. Explore 50 awesome ways to use Skype in the classroom for ideas to use as part of your BRIDGE school partnership.