I'm a pretty avid user of social media, or so I thought. I'm constantly checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc., but there's a lot more to social media than what I knew before starting this course. I have to be honest, joining all these groups, using these tags, and starting a Diigo account has been overwhelming!
I follow several edtech related groups on my personal social media to get ideas for professional development to share with our teachers during Tech Talk Tuesdays. It's also nice to see a break in everyone's life stories to see something about educational technology in its uses in the classroom. Our district just launched a social media campaign to stay current and to help keep students, parents, and faculty informed of all the happenings. I've had to brush up on my skills to help start this exploration into social media as a school district, but it has been fun!
I have little experience using social media as an instructional strategy in a learning environment. When I taught developmental math at Piedmont Technical College I used a Facebook group for students to contact me easily without having to send an email. It worked pretty nicely and students enjoyed having that ability to connect. I've not used social media to actually share content and help create lessons before, but I look forward to learning more about that.
As for expectations of the course, I really want to be able to take my social media experiences to the next level and become better at it on the professional-use level. It would be nice to create different groups for teachers to share and collaborate. I'm really interested to see how Diigo works and to see if it would be a nice resource for our district to use. I'm keeping an open mind about all of these social media outlets and how they can be used in education and I hope to put something I learn to use in real life soon.