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Going Beyond the Hashtag: Leveraging Social Media for Authentic Learning Experiences

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 7

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Team Lead & Student Coordinator
SDG Warriors
Simar Mohanty is the Team Lead & Student Coordinator of the all-girls Student Club - SDG Warriors. Passionate about the Global Goals, she's a TeachSDGs Ambassador, Winner - UNESCO Smartphone Film Festival 2020 & UNESCO Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition 2020. A 'STEMinist' & Student Changemaker to the core, Simar is the First-ever student to clear the Adobe Creative Educator Certification: Level 1 & 2, become a Flipgrid Student Voice Ambassador, India's 1st Wakelet Student Ambassador, an Official Minecraft Student Ambassador & now, she is all set to represent her country India for Graphic Design at the 'Olympics of Skills'- The WorldSkills Championship.
Educator Innovation Lead
I'm Kamal Preet - Educator Innovation Lead at Flip 💚 Microsoft, working towards amplifying EVERY voice - because IT MATTERS! 📣✨ Prior to joining Team Flip, I was a Middle School Science Teacher where I got the opportunity to shape & impact the lives of students - our future. I’m super passionate about everything- STEM (I'm partial to Science & Technology), The Global Goals / The UN SDGs, Gamification (gamer at heart), Social Emotional Learning, and live by the adage "Be The Change you wish to see in the World" 🌏

Session description

I. Introduction Importance of leveraging social media for authentic learning experiences II. Benefits of Social Media in Education 1. Increased student engagement 2. Improved collaboration and communication skills 3. Opportunities for global connections and cultural exchange 4. Development of digital citizenship skills III. Integrating Social Media into Curriculum 1. Best practices for incorporating social media in the classroom 2. Strategies for using social media to enhance learning outcomes IV. Overcoming Challenges and Addressing Concerns 1. Addressing privacy and safety concerns 2. Mitigating distractions and ensuring focus on learning goals 3. Encouraging responsible use of social media V. Creative Uses of Social Media in Education 1. Using social media for project-based learning 2. Creating and curating content 3. Leveraging social media for professional development VI. Measuring the Impact of Social Media on Learning Methods for evaluating effectiveness VII. Conclusion 1. Summary 2. Call to action

Session specifications

Student agency, choice and voice
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.