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Social Media To Create Authentic Multicultural Dialog Among Students


Social Media To Create Authentic Multicultural Dialog Among Students

This group is for college professors and Secondary School teachers who are interested in using social media platforms (such as Ning and Facebook) to create authenticate multicultural dialog among students from different cultures and nations

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Comment by Rossel Mulaire on April 5, 2011 at 10:49am

Good morning.....calling all teachers, students, colleagues, etc...

My name is Rossel Mulaire. I am a Canadian teacher who has been living and working in Monterrey, Mexico since 2004. For the past two years, I have been teaching 8th and 9th grade Social Studies/World History. My other responsibilities include being our school's Model United Nation's advisor and Social Studies Department Head. I have taught many different grade levels (first through tenth grades), in Canada, South Korea, and Mexico.

I recently started a little project on Twitter with my 8th and 9th graders, tweeting daily about historical facts and events, sort of like a "this day in history". We are wondering if you'd be able to give out our twitter address to students and teachers. Not only wherever you find yourselves now, but anywhere else you may have contacts. We see this as a great way to teach and appreciate history, bit by bit, one small step at a time. We are trying to use technology to reach more students, and to open dialogue with students and teachers around the world.

If you are in a position to help us, please do so by JOINING US ON TWITTER and by sending our twitter address to students and colleagues, past and present. Ask them to follow our many daily tweets. At the moment, we are tweeting about historical events and facts from around the world. We'd love to see students commenting on our tweets, and also, by adding to our project by posting historical content from their respected countries.

We are hoping to hear from teachers and students from all  parts of the world! The students are keeping a record of the various countries following us! Please help out by following us. The more people (students, teachers, family members, etc) we have following us, the more excited the students get. This excitement then becomes a motivator to continue! Help us make learning about history a little more interesting!

Our  twitter address is: www.twitter.com/rosselmulaire

Please feel free to contact me anytime. I'd be happy to answer any questions or doubt you may have.

Rossel Mulaire

Colegio Euroamericano, 8th and 9th grade Social Studies


Comment by Gail Casey on October 24, 2010 at 3:41pm
I am using a ning for all of my classes from year 7 to 10 and try to build in global projects wherever possible - http://ghs2010.ning.com/group/onedayoneworldglobalproject

Nings are much harder to use for smaller global projects because of the nature of joing (unlike a blog you cannot comment unless you are a member).
Comment by Dr. Rita Oates on October 16, 2010 at 4:23pm
How about other social media platforms -- those that were designed with education in mind and observe the federal laws of US for children under age 13?

Ning and Facebook were not built for education and introduce significant problems in many districts, particularly for internet security and people who are concerned about child safety and data integrity. We need to expand the conversation about social media into the many companies who are building tools specifically for use in K12 settings, with robust protection of students.

Lots of multicultural dialog is occurring among students from different cultures and nations in these education-designed sites.

Look for sites designed with RBAC (role-based access control) and that have received independent certification of child privacy from TRUSTe.com. Then you have a really interesting discussion!

Dr. Nelson Heller of MDR named 20 companies building education-oriented social learning network sites or tools in Sept. 2010.

Right now the biggest single example is the IB virtual community (International Baccalaureate), which is rolling out their integrated web 2.0 platform in more than 120 countries for IB students and teachers. See a three-minute video of what they built -- after rejecting Ning and Facebook as unsafe and not powerful enough for what teachers want and need to do -- at: http://bit.ly/IBvideo or http://ibo.epals.com.

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