Ed Tech Talk Roundtable 42| Too Much Social Media

ChrisJamie and Michael discuss the articles of the week and share their edtech tips.

Articles of the Week


  1. A Call for Social Media Education in Universities: Eliminating the Skills Gap – Digital Marketing Blog by Adobe
    Com­mit­ting resources to a social media strat­egy is a no-brainer for busi­nesses. How­ever, increased depen­dency on social media inter­ac­tion demands com­pa­nies find peo­ple who are equipped with the knowl­edge, per­spec­tives, and prac­ti­cal skills to lever­age opportunities.
  2. Online, Researcher Says, Teens Do What They’ve Always Done : NPR
    Researcher danah boyd is obsessed with how teenagers use the Internet. For the legions of adults who are worried about them, that’s a good thing. With a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley, and a masters from MIT, and as a senior researcher with Microsoft, boyd is something of a star in the world of social media. For her new book It’s Complicated, she spent about eight years studying teenagers and how they interact online. She says she wrote the book in part to help parents, educators and journalists relax. “The kids are all right,” she says.
  3. It’s Complicated review – ‘online space is teenagers’ only public space’ | Books | The Observer
    It’s Complicated review – ‘online space is teenagers’ only public space’ This study of teenagers’ social networking habits shows that’s it’s not technology they are ‘addicted’ to – it’s friendship groups
  4. The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Google Drive For Teachers
    Now send voice feedback to students!

Tech Tips


  1. But here’s the thing: the history of social media actually goes back a lot further, and its roots can be found in blogging, Google, AOL, ICQ, the beginnings of the world wide web and, perhaps surprisingly, CompuServe. This infographic from Creative Ramblings takes a closer look at the history of social media, 1969-2012.
  2. A new iOS app called FireChat is blowing up in the App Store. But it’s not the app itself that’s causing such a stir, it’s the underlying networking technology it taps into. The idea behind FireChat is simple. It’s a chatting app. After registering with a name — no email address or other personal identifiers required — you’re dropped into a fast-moving chatroom of “Everyone” using it in your country. The interesting aspect, however, is the “Nearby” option. Here, the app uses Apple’s Multipeer Connectivity framework, essentially a peer-to-peer feature that lets you share messages (and soon photos) with other app users nearby, regardless of whether you have an actual Wi-Fi or cellular connection.





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