SWSI Social Networking Matrix

Social Networking Matrix - Choose your learning adventure!
The Social Networking Matrix provides an overview and user guide to a range of social networking tool-types, with information and resources and has been created to help you to use Social Networking tools effectively.

The bigger Social Networking Toolbox is designed as a flexible resource which can be used to explore the use of social software tools and strategies. If you are completing the SWSI Social Networking Course, you should explore each of the tools in the toolkit. However, if you are looking for some quick links and resources for tools and strategies you can use in your classroom now, simply select appropriate tools from the list below.

The matrix maps outcomes for each tool across:
  • Communication: Providing information to learners and supporting communication between learning community members
  • Collaboration: Supporting knowledge creation, collaboration and sharing between users including opportunities for learners to network and make connections with other learners, facilitators and/or subject experts
  • Motivation and Engagement: Tools which support engaging activities and motivate learners
  • Creativity: Providing opportunities for creativity, self-expression and exploration

Explore the matrix and identify the tools that you think will be useful to you - either for personal learning or for use with your students!




Motivation & Engagement



Wikis provide opportunites for information sharing and collaboration

Moodle Course:
Topic 8: Wikis in Education

Wiki Resources:
Wikis in Education
  • Asynchronous content creation and information sharing tools for use with multiple users.
  • Useful as a class website or portal - a space to compile all the info and resources for a class or learning community.
  • A simple tool for publishing resources and information for learners to access.
  • Simple discussion forum tools
  • Simple tools for collaboration with a class or learning community which allow all users to create, edit and update content.
  • Options for public, protected and private spaces.
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop “pride of authorship” and ownership in the team’s activities.
  • Page histories and versioning tools provide transparent information about each team member's contributions.
  • Simple tools for creative content creation including embedding social media content, video, audio, images, text etc.
  • Opportunities to be self-directed and discover, extend and share information with other learners.
  • Open structure which allows facilitators or students to create learning spaces which are personalized and customized.

Blogs are useful tools for information sharing, reflection, collaboration and class management

Moodle Course:
Topic 9: Blogs

Wiki Resources
Blogs in Education
  • Simple publishing tools which can be used for class management and information sharing
  • Provides students with opportunities to develop written communication skills - blog posting and commenting
  • Widgets and mashup tools integrated into the platform which provide simple ways to mashup content and create collective knowledge
  • Blogging and commenting provides opportunities for students to share, reflect and develop knowledge as a community
  • Highly personalized discussion forums that foster communities of interest
  • Options for public, protected and private spaces
  • Useful for creating opportunities for students to engage in debates and discussions
  • Tools for publishing engaging content - including videos, podcasts etc
  • Personalization and identity (themes, profiles etc) to support user ownership (especially true of personal blogs)
  • Blogs provide authors and readers with an avenue for unedited expression, reaction, and connection
  • Widgets, themes and embedding tools to support creative content creation.
  • Flexible structure - including blog posts and pages which allows facilitators or students to create learning spaces which are personalized and customized.

Free communication tools which make it easier to connect
Moodle Course:
Topic 10: Communication Tools

Wiki Resources:
Communication Tools
  • online tools for teams and groups to exchange ideas and solve problems
  • different tools available for different purposes eg instantaneous or things which require more time
  • meetings can occur online to save a lot of travel
  • Options for public, protected and private spaces
  • Provide opportunities for project groups (staff or students) to communicate at the time and space which suits best
  • tools can provide records of evidence, allow brainstorming or encourage different types of interaction

Video sharing enables teachers to locate multimedia resources for learning, as well as providing spaces to publish and share using tools like Youtube and SWSItube!
Moodle Course:
Topic 11: Video Sharing

Wiki Resources:
Video Sharing
  • Offers a rich web experience combining movies, sound, still images, and text, increasing the information. and potentially emotions shared with users.
  • Rich media allow authors to explore new ways of communicating
  • Camera-capable mobile phones and digital cameras that can record short video sequences make it relatively easy to acquire and post video to the Internet for sharing and collaboration
  • Options for public, protected and private spaces
  • Appealing to learners who want to share commentary, stories, and opinions in video format.
  • Can be used with students who find it difficult to work in text
  • Offers opportunities to share videos, slideshows and digital stories with a global audience.
  • Capturing, creating, editing and publishing digital media provides opportunities for students' creative expression

Finding, publishing and sharing images online
Moodle Course:
Topic 12: Photo Sharing

Wiki Resources:
Photo Sharing
  • Provides tool for publishing images and creating contacts via social networking tools built into the platform
  • Includes options for forming groups to facilitate sharing and communities of practice.
  • Allow groups to share and exchange images regardless of location
  • Images can be commented on
  • Options for public, protected and private spaces.
  • Appealing to groups who want to share commentary, stories, opinions and resources in visual format
  • Provides a central repository for storing and accessing images.
  • Build a shared library which can be used as required.

Using Feeds and RSS tools to manage the information flow!
Moodle Course:

Topic 13: RSS and Syndication

Wiki Resources:
RSS and Syndication
  • view the feeds for all the websites you are interested in by automatically receiving updates and publishing them in one place.
  • ensure you stay up to date
  • all team members can coordinate access to required information and updates
  • another way to communicate with team members
  • These tools can help you to stay current with new content soon after it is published without filling up your e-mail box or requiring you to check a long list of various web sites
  • Flexible enough for you to decide what information you need and when

Locating, recording and sharing information using social bookmarking tools like Diigo and delicious!

Moodle Course:

Topic 14: Social Bookmarking

Wiki Resources:
Social Bookmarking
  • Allows users to share, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of websites ie an online list of "favourites"
  • An excellent way for teams and groups to share the results of literature and other resource research
  • "Tagging" allows group members to rate & organise these websites according to their needs
  • Annotations on entries can assist in sharing
  • Options for public, protected and private spaces.
  • A single point of truth for teams to share their preferred websites
  • Opportunities to be self directed as well as sharing information with colleagues and peers.

Twitter and Yammer.. and some of the tools that come with them!

Moodle Course:

Topic 15: Microblogging

Wiki Resources:
  • allows for connection and following large groups of people
  • can reach out to a huge network or only connect to your private networks
  • can work on projects or comment on thread easily and instantly
  • ease of use and social aspect is highly motivating
  • allows for easy discussion and identification of ideas with a network of like minded individuals