Thinking about YOU in Social network tools
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Thinking about YOU in Social network tools

Hello, Carlos, good afternoon.
Hello, Antonio. Today we are going to talk about social
media networks in online tutoring, which is something quite
specific and I’d like to listen to your opinion
in this context. Can you from your
experience tell us what has been done with this type
of tools and activities in your teaching environment? Sure, well,
in my experience that is with students 10 to 15 years old, I can say that
social media is very important for those students but in the learning context
isn’t very useful because not every student uses those social networks
and I use them mainly for a way to complement the communication that I do
on a Moodle platform, for example, because to some students it’s very
important that I could use those social networks to make an
announcement but to the .. to the majority of our students it’s not very useful
because it’s not very organized. If I tried to share some content on
on a social network like Facebook in the long run it’s not useful, for
example, if a student needs to check some resource that I shared
three months ago, it’s really hard to search for information in a social network,
so it’s used mainly as a way to communicate with some students and it’s
it’s a nice way for the students to communicate with each other instead of
communicating inside the platform because not every student uses email ….
Antonio: It means that students get
lost, imagine if it’s not real moment, sometime
they get lost about the content, about your message
and so on, is that so? Yes, absolutely. There are lot of things to do in the social network
(Antonio) Beautiful and dreaming environment but they get lost with so many confusions
with so many posts and so on and so on. And there is another thing I would like to listen to your experience.
There are several types of networks, if all your
students are not in one time so you need to send messages
in several different environments or catch them or what happens? Yes, it’s hard because most of the
students use Facebook but not all of them so they don’t have
a profile they can’t see some some announcements for example if I used
Twitter if the message could reach to.. reach every student but it’s easy to…
its easy for them to miss my message in the middle of hundreds of messages that
they receive on social networks like Twitter so I really really think that
the best way to share content is using a platform and to …. So that that information
and those resources stay organized and… and these students could download
them at anytime, anywhere, anyplace Antonio: Inside the platform, if
we keep them inside the platform. It’s easier for you and
easier for them – is that so? Carlos: Yes. Antonio:
So you are opening the door for another question
that I consider very important – is the social
media a complement? Is it … can it be the main tool
for communicating in online tutoring or it can
be dispersing, confusing and a loss of time and not
really be a good tool to concentrate our students
on the learning process? From your experience – you should tell me?
Carlos: It’s a complementary tool, absolutely,
not the main tool, but it can complement and it could help some students,
like I said, not all of them, it could help some students so if I want
to make a quick announcement: “Don’t forget about tomorrow’s test well that
information could be posted on a social network. Antonio: So this
information can reach only a part of your students, not all, which is, let’s
say, an interrogation for the efficiency of the process. So we can make the
same information using your platform. So what you would suggest
your colleagues, teachers to do – use the platform mainly
or use the social network? Carlos: They could use both at some degree
for example, on a platform we can announce the date of that test and we could
remember students on the day before on a social network. Antonio: So you
mean that you should use the social networks as a reminder, a
complementary information and as a reminder, is that so? Yes. Because it’s useful because
I could use the news forum on a platform but
the message goes to the student’s email and in my experience I see that most of students don’t really
use email, they….they use instant messaging a lot but not email so they
could …. It’s possible that they miss a message that was sent to their email so
that’s the use of the social networks, because some of them are
always on – on that social network. Antonio:
It means that one of the objectives for teachers is to persuade
our students to use email because this is very important to use all along
life, and I think its absolutely necessary. Antonio: Ok another question now. The
question is when we started our meeting you mentioned that you
are reporting about the students between 10 and 15.
In your opinion, when we are talking about grown
students or post-graduate students and things like
this you think that the same comment you made are
absolutely adjusted or you have to change something when we are talking
about different ages of students?
Carlos: Well, for older students it’s easier to
use only the platform because they use email a lot more than young students
because if a student wants to create a gmail account for example he could only create
it at the age of thirteen so it’s normal that they don’t use at a young age
but when they get older they are using email a lot more and it’s easier for making an
announcement on a forum and the students receive an email with that message and like I said with all the students
it’s easier to put the social networks aside, we could … we can always use them but
in learning environment it could present some challenges because the
students don’t become very focused on the content and because like I said
before there are a lot of things to do on a social network Antonio: Ok, thank you very much,
your comments are very interesting and very important for focusing on
our message about social networks. I would appreciate if you
could summarize, you know, sort of conclusion
in one-two-three points and can I… can you give us your
conclusions about what we have been talking about, please.
Carlos: Sure, so the bottom line is we are … we must
use an e-learning platform like Moodle or other LMS to share the
content and we could use the social networks as an alternative way to
communicate with the students instead of … Antonio: Is that complementary
or alternative way? Carlos: It’s complementary Antonio: Do you understand
complementary or alternative because they are slightly different?
Carlos: Well, it’s complementary, not an
alternative in anyway because it’s really hard
only to use … only to share content on a social
network because like I said not every student’s likes the same networks, some students may
miss those messages because they are not in that social network and it’s easier
to organize all the information that we want to give to the students
on the social network. Antonio: Ok, thank you very much,
very interesting comments about these type of tools for online tutoring.
We’ll get together and we’ll be making some more comments about thinking
about Y.O.U. Thank you very much.

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