Tuesday, January 26, 2010

3rd Week (20 Jan 2010)

“What steps can educators take to stay current on the quickly changing social media universe?”

The best step, in my opinion, educators can take to stay current on the ever changing social media universe is by interacting more with their students. Teenagers.

By interacting with teenagers,it opens doors for educators to top social networking applications such as Friendster, Facebook and Twitter. The positive thing about these websites are that they have very similar templates or rather basic click-ons such as contacts, pictures etc. Educators who familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of one social networking website, will have not much of a difficulty to navigate around other newer applications.

Another step an educator can do is to “hang” around Youtube. It is a very good place to update yourself about things that are happening all over the world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpIOClX1jPE & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIFYPQjYhv8
show good examples of what social media is. In short, social media creates and communicates to people in different ways.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2nd Week (13 Jan 2010)

What is Social media? Social media designed to be spread through social interaction. It uses the Internet and web-based technologies.

So, “does social media in the classroom require a textbook?”
In my opinion, I feel that it is NOT compulsory that all students have to own a textbook for social media classes as as defined, social media is a form of interaction. How are students going to learn how to interact with people through text books? I feel that through class participations(hands on activities), students will be able to learn more life skills than reading definitions from text books. Moreover, social media creates awareness to the public via the Internet and web-based technologies. Learning how to create web sites, video etc will arouse students' curiosity,interest and might even inspire their creativity, rather than reading textbooks or Guides for Dummies on how to create websites. For example,“The Great Schlep” is one of the most interesting way of promoting a campaign, and this cannot be taught from a text book. It requires innovation and hands on skills. Therefore, I strongly feel that social media in the classroom does not require a textbook. (Save the tress, Save Earth, and Save MONEY).