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8th grade SS students are creating faux profiles for the Founding Fathers on our internal @elgg social network

Alessandra Cozzi is the 8th grade Social Studies teacher at The School at Columbia University. She asked if we could have the students do some sort of social networking activity where they would make Facebook-esque faux profiles for the Founding Fathers. I told her that not only did we have an internal social network (powered by @Elgg), but our 8th graders had experience doing this last year as 7th graders when they created faux profiles for the annual Great Mathematician Project led by math teacher, Dr. Sabrina Goldberg. Easy peasy.

As per every academic year since 2007 or 2008, our server admin, Cristina Martinez, sets up a completely blank Elgg social network and archives the previous year’s work. This allows us to continue to use the space for annual projects, and it also reaffirms that a social network is a completely blank and empty space until users freely and willingly populate it with information. @DonBuckley says a social network is nothing until users answer the following questions: Who are you? Who do you know? What do you do?

Alessandra and I created a .csv file with usernames, profile names, common passwords, and faux email addresses for the 55 delegates, and I uploaded this .csv file to The Social Network (btw, we named our internal online networking space The Social Network way before the movie came out). Today, students edited their assigned Founding Father’s avatar and profile and then also linked with the other founding fathers.

For this activity, Alessandra used the lesson plan linked below, and students filled out the worksheet linked below:

Lesson Plan for “Teaching Six Big Ideas in the Constitution”:
http://www.archives.gov/legislative/resources/education/constitution/

Student worksheet for creating a “Founders Social Network”: http://www.archives.gov/legislative/resources/education/constitution/images/handout-2.pdf

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Creating faux profiles of mathematicians in 7th math with Sabrina Goldberg:

 

Dr. Sabrina Goldberg is the extraordinary 7th grade math teacher here at The School at Columbia University. It’s about that time of year for Sabrina’s students to embark on the Great Mathematician Project (GMP). Each student is assigned a mathematician to explore deeply. They learn about that person’s history, education, skills, interests, life-work, and contribution to mathematics and beyond. Later, students write a research paper and eventually participate in a GMP Expo where they make a large informative poster, set up experiments, dress up in costume, and interact with their audience of students, teachers, and parents.

A few years ago, Don Buckley had the idea to use our in-house social network (powered by Elgg) to create fake profiles for these mathematicians. This gave students an opportunity to learn about how to fill in an online profile, connect with others, blog as their person, and locate commonalities amongst their mathematicians. Yesterday, I created accounts for each of the mathematicians. Today, students started fleshing out the profiles with an image, an image citation, a list of skills and interests, and a bit of background bio in the “About Me” section. We discussed how a social network is where people share who you are, who are your friends, and what do you do. I reinforced that we archive the previous year’s social network and use a blank social network every year. Thus, they see that a social network is empty and full of nothing until users willingly populate it with information. I quoted Danah Boyd a lot.

The students have had great success with the GMP over the years. Recently, Sabrina wrote a scholarly article about the GMP, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) chose it as their cover story for the December’s Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School journal.

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Comparison chart of @facebook @edmodo @schoology from @InnovativeEdu

Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu) wrote a great post for Tech & Learning (@techlearning) charting the differences between Facebook, Edmodo, and Schoology so schools can be better informed about choosing a platform or platforms for learning and collaborating. Also, the best way to recognize their benefits and/or limitations is to just try them out…

The full article is here, but I pasted Lisa’s comparison chart below:LisaNielsen

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Really liking how @RebelMouse gathers stuff from multiple sites into a “social front page”

(Follow me on RebelMouse by clicking the image above.)

Below is an explanation about RebelMouse from their website:

What is RebelMouse?

RebelMouse is based on the idea that people are proud of what they share on social networks, but are starting to feel embarrassed about their websites. RebelMouse creates your social front page, building a dynamic site around what you share.

But you don’t have to take our word for it; check out these articles by amazing writers:

By Sarah Lacy of Pando Daily
By Allyson Shontell of Business Insider

We’ve also been using our own RebelMouse to help us collect press like the above and provide updates that will help users better understand RebelMouse and how they can get the most out of it 🙂

But another way to say think about this is: What if you could build an awesome, social-first blog without spending on developers and designers and losing hours on your own efforts?

What if you could be active and engaging on Twitter and Facebook, and just because of that have an incredible site too?

What if you could also mix in your original content, creating blog posts, slideshows, and galleries on RebelMouse, complete with links that support your thesis (either personal or for your business or passion)?

Making this simple, effortless, and beautiful is our mission at RebelMouse.

Best,
Paul

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