Social Media

Presented by Kathy Salzano
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Social Media are media for social interaction. Web-based and mobile technologies make interactive communication accessible. The above picture says 1000 social medias. A Conversation about Social Media leads to its source and an explanation of Wikimedia Commons- a way of sharing licensing and fair use.

Some interesting statistics:
  • Social networking now accounts for 22% of all time spent online in the US.[9]
  • A total of 234 million people age 13 and older in the U.S. used mobile devices in Dec-2009.[10]
  • Twitter processed more than one billion tweets in December 2009 and averages almost 40 million tweets per day.[10]
  • Over 25% of U.S. internet page views occurred at one of the top social networking sites in December 2009, up from 13.8% a year before.[10]
  • Australia has some of the highest social media usage in the world. In usage of Facebook it ranks highest, with over 9 million users spending almost 9 hours per month on the site.[11][12]
  • The number of social media users age 65 and older grew 100 percent throughout 2010, so that one in four people in that age group are now part of a social networking site.[13]
  • According to a report by Nielson[22]“In the U.S. alone, total minutes spent on social networking sites has increased 83 percent year-over-year. In fact, total minutes spent on Facebook increased nearly 700 percent year-over-year, growing from 1.7 billion minutes in April 2008 to 13.9 billion in April 2009, making it the No. 1 social networking site for the month.”

Relevance for Educators:
  • Makes formative assessments easy and instantaneous
  • Students can "speak up" when they otherwise wouldn't
  • Adds motivation and can increase instructional effectiveness
  • Teachers and students can communicate with others around the world

  • Overuse on students' or teachers' part can be a distraction from education
  • Inappropriate use by or with teachers
  • Cyber-bullying and other inappropriate use by students

I think the brain research is still out there and coming in. Clearly the brain develops differently when exposed to so much media. The Nielsen report was scary. I have often said that too much TV sucks your brain cells right out. Of course, I was being facetious. But, I think we as teachers should model appropriate and moderate use of technology and should be aware of media use by our students.