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  • Social Media in the Classroom Cindy Royal, Ph.D Associate Professor Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication [email_address]
  • Social Media in the Classroom
    • Teach students professional use of social media to achieve goals: promote, interact, share, connect and evaluate
    • Any class, whether technology-related or not, can use social media to engage students
    • Many colleges now include Social Media-specific courses
    • Social media can be used in special projects or events
  • Blogs
    • Use blogs as discussion forums for courses; encourage students to fully utilize features of blog: links, images, embedded media, commenting
  • Twitter
    • Set up accounts
    • Follower recommendations around course topic ex. Follow local or national politicians or media that focus on politics, like @texastribune
    • Encourage students to follow meetup groups in their field and attend events in real life
    • Twitter assignments
    • Use of course hashtag
  • Facebook
    • Set up a Facebook group or page for class – students don't need to “friend” instructor
    • Show examples of Facebook pages for groups and entities
  • YouTube
    • Search the site to find instructional or related videos
    • Have an assignment where students find relevant videos and embed on blog
  • LinkedIn
    • Regardless of whether it is course-related or not, all instructors should encourage students to sign up on LinkedIn. It's a great way to start their professional networks.
    • Professors' networks can be helpful to students.
  • Guest Speakers
    • Always great to have guest speakers, whether in person or via Skype.
  • Social Media Course
    • Social Media at Work –
    • Goal of course is for students to explore the concept of professional uses of social media and personal branding; students should emerge from the class with a the tools necessary to develop and improve their own personal brand
    • Students create their own blog on a topic; we use Wordpress
    • Twitter and Twitter assignments
    • Facebook group related to blog
    • YouTube video embedding
    • Integrated discussions on current topics and implications
  • Social Media Course
  • Photo and Video Assignments
    • Most students have access to a camera that shoots photos and video
    • Students are to develop both a photo slideshow (using Picasa and Flickr) and a video (uploaded on YouTube)
    • Both projects require context and content; captions for photos; interview or demonstration for video.
    • Students don't need to edit video, just point and shoot. But can if they want to. YouTube even has a video editor now ( )
    • Embed media on blog
  • Final Assignment
    • Social Media Strategy paper
    • Can write on ideas for improving own personal brand or how they would implement concepts for an organization
    • Requires background, research, and 4-8 specific strategies with detailed descriptions of how they would implement
    • Summary blog post
    • Many students have indicated that this paper, along with their developed online presence, helped them in interviews and in securing a job
    • Students practice writing, linking, visual journalism and have a perspective on current topics
    • Course itself does not require advanced technical skills, just a curiosity to try out new things.
  • Special Projects
  • Other Examples of Political Use
    • Arrested tweet - 2008
    • Mumbai attacks - 2008
    • Iran Election - 2009
    • Egypt – 2011
    • Japan earthquake - 2011
    • Jeff Jarvis use of #fuwashington hashtag
    • Obama tweets for #compromise
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