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The Social Platform

The Social Platform

Author: Jenna Smith


  • Interweave the creativity skill set from the Torrance Incubation Model into lesson planning.
  • Understand the social collaboration revolution in teaching and learning.
  • Learn how to use some of today's latest social platforms for teaching.

**Lesson Packet designed for the N.E.T.T. Conference August 23, 2011 

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The Social Platform: Platform Examples

The Social Platform

Prepared for the 2011 N.E.T.T. Conference

Presented by Jenna M. Smith



Sophia enables innovation by connecting learners, teachers, experts and parents. By providing an academic community where everyone has access to learning that surrounds and supports the traditional classroom, it encourages variety and creativity in teaching so that everyone can learn in a way that makes sense to them. It is a social teaching and learning platform that taps the teacher in all of us and enhances the learning process by providing access to a wealth of knowledge, help, instruction, standards-aligned content, and expertise available to learners everywhere.

Started by Salem Khan, The Khan Academy is a site with a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history as well as 125 practice exercises.  This Khan Academy’s mission is to help anybody including students, parents, teachers etc.   learn whatever they want, whenever they want, at their own pace.

No Right Brain Left Behind is a speed innovation challenge, calling on the creative industries to concept ideas that can help the creativity crisis happening in U.S. schools today.

In collaboration with Social Media Week 2011, teams from creative industries will had 5 days to concept ideas. On the last day of the week, ideas were submitted virtually, and an expert panel will picked 3 winning ideas. The best ideas are to be piloted in 2011 and 2012.

Stixy helps users organize their world on flexible, shareable Web-based bulletin boards called Stixyboards. Unlike most personal productivity or project management software, Stixy doesn’t dictate how users should organize their information. Users can create tasks, appointments, files, photos, notes, and bookmarks on their Stixyboards, organized in whatever way makes sense to them. Then they can share Stixyboards with friends, family, and colleagues.

Knoodle provides a cloud-based social presentation, training, and learning management system in a single platform.  Deliver more effective and engaging online training and presentations to your target audience within minutes by using a combination of slides, video, audio, images, surveys, tests, multiple delivery options, and data analytics.  You can use Knoodle for sales pitches, product demos, sales or product training, video resumes, professional career and employee development, e-learning, and more

Organize, share, and discover research papers! Mendeley is a research management tool for desktop & web. You can also explore research trends and connect to other academics in your discipline.

Edmodo is a free and secure social learning network for teachers, students and schools. Edmodo provides classrooms a safe and easy way to connect and collaborate, offering a real-time platform to exchange ideas, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices. It is accessible online and from any mobile device via free smart phone applications.

A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.

Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.

Resources Exploring Technology and Education


MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions – covering cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more.

Key articles to look at….


N.E.T.T. Conference Blog

Are collaborative social platforms changing education?

Click the link located below to view a presentation that digs deeper into the idea of collaborative social platforms in education.

Bana Nah Nah Nah Rap Video

From the time we are small we are taught to peel a banana from the stem. This often presents challenges for us. If you look at the banana another way by flipping it over, you can easily peel a banana from what we perceive as the "bottom." Monkey's have been peeling banana's like that forever but why do we still try to peel the banana from the stem?

You just practiced one of the creativity skills identified by E. Paul Torrance "Look at it another way"

Now, take a moment and view this video where we "Let Humor Flow and Use it"

Source: (2008). Bana Nah Nah Nah [Web]. Available from

Creativity Materials

Attached you will find the "Manifesto for Children" by E. Paul Torrance, "the father of creativity," a listing of a creativity skill set identified by E. Paul Torrance and a resource list regarding creative teaching and learning, E.Paul Torrnace's Incubation Model and other creativity resources.


The Creativity Crisis Article from Newsweek

This pivitol article changes the way we view creativity and education.