SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM
Early in the year when students were still acquiring content knowledge, research skills, and research interests, the Ning site was useful
1) as a means for students to delve further into classroom topics (through web links, online videos, and other media resources)
2) as a way to have students reflect on their classroom experiences (through blogs, discussion boards, surveys and other written assignments)
3) as a platform for students to communicate with teachers, fellows, and administrators outside of the classroom.
As research projects became more developed, the Ning site was useful as a platform for students to share resources and research advice and as a vehicle for research groups to coordinate their efforts and share information. The Ning platform has since been adopted by 7 different 11th grade teachers and has become a virtual community for students, teachers, and administrators that has positively impacted the community within the Academy of Urban Planning's walls.