Kim Cofino

Student Learning Through Social Media

We’ve all had the experience of settling an argument in a restaurant with a quick Wikipedia search, or navigating around a new city with Google Maps, but all too often our use of technology in the classroom is disconnected from these types of real-world uses. However, when we learn with technology the way we live with technology, the classroom can be just as relevant and engaging as our everyday digital interactions. How can we make the connection between our real-life experiences and our classroom learning environment so that we can better prepare our students to excel in this dynamic and interconnected world?

In this session we will have time to explore the innovative and creative ways that students around the world are sharing their learning through social media, as well as strategize about how we can implement that kind of learning experience in an academic setting. All participants will have time to develop or revise a unit or lesson to implement in the classroom on Monday!

Possible Outcomes

Participants will:

  • explore a variety of ways that students are sharing and creating in innovative ways online;
  • unpack how to apply these kinds of learning experiences in the classroom including management strategies, curriculum design and development, and selecting and teaching with the social media tools you have access to (like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, Flipboard, and Snapchat);
  • develop strategies to effectively use social media in the classroom that both engages students and demonstrates responsible use (including digital citizenship);
  • create an action plan (or revise a unit or lesson plan) to implement authentic and real world technology tools.
Intended Audience

All teachers who are interested in using social media with their students at any age level.

About Kim

Kim is an experienced, enthusiastic and innovative globally-minded educator. She is passionate about empowering teachers to become learning leaders, as well as building strong collaborative teams among teacher leaders.When working with teachers, Kim enjoys helping them to authentically embed current and emerging technologies in the classroom to create a global and collaborative learning environment. Her inquiry-based, constructivist approach to teaching utilizes project-based learning experiences developed by combining the Understanding by Design framework with the design cycle.

As a Technology and Learning Coach, Kim collaborates with all community stakeholders to create an inclusive, open and involved learning environment. At her current school this includes creating and implementing the Connected Learning Community (CLC): a 1:1 program for students in grades 4 – 12. The CLC features a whole-school blogging platform and Google Apps for Education (for both students and teachers), as well as regular parent sessions, empowered teacher leadership, and an integrated digital citizenship program. Due to the successful implementation of CLC, Kim, along with Clint, now leads the next evolution of the program, where all students in grade 7 are issued both a laptop and tablet. This innovative teaching and learning environment reflects the strong community connections, engaged students, and empowered teaching community Kim has been instrumental in building.

Kim is a COETAIL co-founder and as well as a regular presenter and keynote speaker at conferences and professional development sessions worldwide. Her work has been widely published in educational websites, journals and books. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a member of the K12 Horizon Report Advisory Board (2008 – present) and is an advisor and board member of the Learning2 Global Conference.

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