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*$50 enrollment fee is for 1 individual micro course. Or, enroll in our PDLN Suite to access all PDLN courses for just $250. 

If you're reading this, you're probably already involved in social media to some degree. And if you teach teens or tweens, you know that your students are steeped in it every hour of every day.

What camp are you in? 
"These kids are wasting their lives staring at screens." 
"Why fight it?" 
"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." 
"The kids are our future, let's follow them there."

No matter where you land on the topic, this course will help you understand your students, master the breadth and opportunities available in social media, begin to shape curriculum to motivate, engage, and challenge them to own their learning, and to connect yourself with colleagues and professional growth resources worldwide.

You'll learn about various social media channels, how to maintain safety, how teachers and students are using them, the arguments for and against engaging social media in class, and how to use them for your own sake: to grow as an educator and create a thriving and supportive professional community. You'll also get a student perspective on the role of social media and technology in school.

Even more than that, you'll find scads of resources (with links to scads more) to immerse yourself in this issue: philosophically, pedagogically, professionally, and creatively.

You can choose an AOK option to demonstrate your competency in the basics of social media for educators that you can also use with your students.

The micro-badge you earn at the end shows that your grasp of the possible role of social media in education is comprehensive and will contribute to developing dynamic curriculum and the well-being of your students online.

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