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11.1: Social Media

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    Social media\(^{148}\) can be Social Networking. Content Communities (YouTube, Flickr, tik-tok), Blogs, Micro-blogging, Forums, Podcasts, Social Tagging/ Social Bookmarking, Wikis, Skype/ IM, RSS, Widgets

    Social media\(^{149}\) is the content created, distributed, and shared by individuals on the web. Social media is where people are talking\(^{150}\), sharing information, participating, and networking through blogs, microblogs, social networking sites and podcasts

    Social media contributes to, or is sometimes better for:

    • Conversation (talking) two-way conversation as well as group-based conversations. Like comments and like functionalities
    • Sharing content like self-hosted images, videos, and information to a closed group or public.
    • Participation in the form of contributions, comments, and feedback from every interested person to get their view and thoughts.
    • Openness to feedback and participation by encouraging voting, comments, and the sharing of information.
    • Community / Networking found in social media are quick and easy to communicate or discuss effectively. Communities are formed on common interests like music, artist, photography, political issues, or TV show.

    Friday February 4, 2011

    Our [students]\(^{151}\) live in a world in which they expect to be able to create, publish, share, collaborate, connect, and have a voice. What can you do to tap into the educational power of your students as online collaborators, creators, sharers, and contributors?

    How are you (or should you be) tapping into the power of technology to facilitate differentiated, individualized, personalized learning experiences for your students?

    Everything is moving to the Web. Everything. When we teach our students how to write, are we teaching our students how to do so in hyperlinked, networked, interconnected online spaces for authentic, relevant worldwide audiences?

    Do we really understand what our [students] are doing with social media or is what we know primarily from the news media?


    Posted 2/4/2011 at 3:5 PM


    • What are some of the various genres of social media, beyond tweets and blogs (both covered in this book)? How do they all differ in content and structure?
    • Review the list above that claims social media contributes – or is better for – certain things. Do you agree with this list?
    • If you partake in creating any social media content, how do you think it has improved who you are as a writer (or reader)?
    • What does an effective Facebook post look like? What does an effective YouTube video do?

    \(^{148}\)“Social Media/Introduction." Wikibooks, The Free Textbook Project. 8 Mar 2021, 07:53 UTC. 31 Oct 2021, 13:59 <>.

    \(^{149}\)"Social Media/What is social media?." Wikibooks, The Free Textbook Project. 6 May 2021, 15:10 UTC. 31 Oct 2021, 13:57 <>.

    \(^{150}\)For more information on how popular culture really doesn’t affect literacy, check out the Popular Culture chapter.

    \(^{151}\)Snippet from: The word “kids” was swapped out for “students” to make more sense to all ages.

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