Research and Arguments

You’ve heard about it, maybe tweeted, surely posted to Facebook, and you may even know what “Klout” means, and yet the subject of Social Media may remain as amorphous and defying of anything short of a stale textbook definition as it did a whole decade ago, when people actually used the term “21st Century Learning”. This page and links are dedicated to being a one-stop shop for teachers interested in learning more about social media, teachers interested in piloting the use of social media in their classrooms, and people who are curious about what Ed Tech teachers actually do with their time.

Pew Internet: Teens and Technology 2013

“The nature of teens’ internet use has transformed dramatically — from stationary connections tied to shared desktops in the home to always-on connections that move with them throughout the day,” said Mary Madden, Senior Researcher for the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and co-author of the report. “In many ways, teens represent the leading edge of mobile connectivity, and the patterns of their technology use often signal future changes in the adult population.”

Pew Internet: Social Networking

Highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to social networking. As of December 2012, 67% of online adults use social networking sites.

Pew Internet: How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms

” Overview A survey of teachers who instruct American middle and secondary school students finds that digital technologies have become central to their teaching and professionalization. At the same time, the internet, mobile phones, and social media have brought new challenges to teachers, and they report striking differences in access to the latest digital technologies between lower and higher income students and school districts.”

The Onion’s Pitch-Perfect Parody of Social Media ‘Gurus’

A necessary and humorous corrective to taking the topic of social media too seriously.

How Students Benefit From Using Social Media – Edudemic

A lot of criticism has been leveled at social media and the effect it has on the way students process and retain information, as well as how distracting it can be. However, social media offers plenty of opportunities for learning and interactivity, and if you take a moment to think about it, it’s not too hard to see how students benefit from using social media. As younger generations use such technology in the classroom, they remake the educational landscape.

Controlling Social Media: Current Policy Trends in K-12 Edcuation

“As school boards address the overall challenge of social media use within schools, they should focus on the reality that the impact no longer lies only on the individual and local schools. Social networks include students and teachers all over the world and, therefore, teaching and coaching on digital literacy for teachers and students is where the focus should rest.”

Social Media Etiquette: 12 Step Checklist

“Social media is valuable, but we should teach etiquette to guide people on the best ways to use it.”

Social Media for School Leaders | Powerful Learning Practice

“The enormous popularity of social networking today leaves little doubt that while the form is sure to evolve, the desire for social connectivity is here to stay. I believe that the human heart is intrinsically made to connect to others, and Social Media allows us to be connected to others in a way never before experienced or imagined.”

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