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Steve Heim, Associate Professor of Computer Science speaking at the Social Media in Teaching and Learning Conference.The benefits and pitfalls of the virtual world sparked lively discourse during a two-day Social Media in Teaching & Learning Conference at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University on July 11 and 12.

The conference ran concurrently with another event, the 2011 Summer Teaching with Technology Institute on “Rich Learning Environments at Long Island University: Now and for the Future,” organized by Liz Ciabocchi, associate vice president for instructional technology and faculty development at Long Island University. 

Topics addressed at both conferences included useful tools in social media, the integration of social media into K-12 and college curriculum, educating parents on social media, social media as a professional development tool, allowing mobile devices in the classroom, Long Island University's iPad initiative, teaching students how to obtain reliable information on the web, and stressing the importance of social media to teachers and administrators.

“You can't have out-of-the-box thinking unless you have out-of-the-box teaching,” said panelist Thomas Whitby, adjunct professor of education at St. Joseph's College in New York and founder of the internationally recognized educational Twitter series EdChat. “If we are going to be better educators, we have to be better learners.”

Whitby, who has over 11,000 followers on Twitter, was joined by a league of other experts in the panel “Schools, Social Media, and the Future,” held in the Great Hall of C.W. Post throughout the morning. Panelist Arnold Dodge, facilitator of the panel and Chair of Educational Leadership and Administration at C.W. Post, stressed the “Three R's” of social media, encouraging educators to determine their “Relevancy, Role, and Responsibility” in the virtual world.

In fitting with the tech-forward nature of the symposium s , Monday's keynote speaker Ray Schroeder delivered his interactive lecture on “interlocking social networks” via Adobe Connect remotely from his home state of Illinois. Ray Schroeder is professor emeritus of communication and founding director of the Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is also the founder of the Online Learning Update, a daily blog dedicated to providing a scholarly chronicle of the development of the technology, pedagogy and practice of online learning at all levels of education in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Tuesday's keynote address was delivered by Alexandra Pickett, associate director of the SUNY Learning Network, the asynchronous learning network for the State University of New York. The keynote speakers were presented in collaboration with the University's Teaching with Technology Initiative, which took place July 11-12 at Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus in Brookville and will continue on July 13-14 at the University's Brooklyn Campus.

For more information, please contact Dr. Liz Ciabocchi , associate vice president for instructional technology and faculty development at Long Island University, at liz.ciabocchi@liu.edu.

Posted 07/13/2011

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