Social media is an umbrella term that defines the various activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio.This interaction, and the manner in which information is presented, depends on the varied perspectives and building of shared meaning among communities, as people share their stories, and understandings.Wikipedia
Or more simply…“Social Media is a social trend in which people use technologies to get the things they need from each other, rather than from traditional institutions.” From Groundswell by Charlene li and Josh Bernoff
Even More Simply….. People having online conversations.
Because 3 Out of 4 Americans Use Social Technology. Forrester, The Growth Of Social Technology Adoption, 2008
Because 2/3 of the Global Internet Population Visit Social Networks. Nielsen, Global Faces & Networked Places, 2009
Because Visiting Social Sites is Now the 4th Most Popular Online Activity – Ahead of Personal Email. Nielsen, Global Faces & Networked Places, 2009
Because Your Students Are Using It… Right Now. Especially the Students You Teach
Because Today’s Education Requires More Than the Classroom Today’s pre-k student was born during the invention of the iPad While… 10 years ago, a pre-k student would be born during a time when cell phone backgrounds were still not made in full color.
412.3 YEARS The length of time it would take to view every YouTube video.
13 HOURS The amount of video uploaded to YouTube every minute.
100,000,000 The number of YouTube videos viewed per day.
3,000,000 The average number of Tweets per day on Twitter.com
500,000,000 The number of people using Facebook.
What is CCISD’s Policy on Social Media? A certified or licensed employee, or any other employee designated in writing by the superintendent or a campus principal, may communicate through electronic media with students who are currently enrolled in the district. However… Employee cannot text message a student. Employee must create a separate social network page (professional page) to communicate with students. Employee will not communicate w/students between the hours of 10:00 p.m. & 5:00 a.m. Employee continues to be subject to applicable state and federal laws, local policies, administrative regulations, and the Code of Ethics & Standard Practices for Texas Educators Public Information Act & Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
A social journal for your life. Share your life easily with friends, family and fans. www.plurk.com Launched in May 2008
Instead of a Tweet, it’s a Plurk.
Same as Twitter – messages can only be 140 characters in length.
Updates are then shown on the user’s home page using a timeline which lists all the updates received in chronological order.
Think of it has in between blogs and social networks & email messaging and instant messaging.
Online photo management and sharing application. www.flickr.com Launched February 2004 Offers two types of accounts: Free and Pro Free account users can upload up to 100 MB of images a month and 2 videos – Pro is unlimited Users organize photos using tags – this allows people searching for images related to certain topics to find them quickly 2010 – feature became available for users to label their photographs as suitable for stock use
Online slide hosting service. www.slideshare.com Launched in 2006
Users can upload and share PowerPoint and Keynote presentations, Word & PDF documents, and professional videos.
Public can browse presentations by category, or use the search bar to find slides on specific subjects.
Presentations can be viewed directly on the website, emailed, embedded into a website, or shared on other social networking sites.
Free internet radio, videos, photos, stats, charts, biographies and concerts. www.last.fm Launched in 2002
Users listen to music online or from their personal portable music device – every track you play, will tell your Last.fm profile something about what you like – this connects you to people who like what you like.
When you listen to a song on the site, you increase its importance which then affects how many people it is recommended to.
Uses a music recommender system called “Audioscrobbler”
Social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. www.delicious.com Launched in 2003 Delicious
Social site where users can tag bookmarks they find interesting and share them with the rest of the world.
This allows for a combined view of everyone’s bookmarks on the website.
On the homepage, Delicious will list the most “popular” and most “recent” pages.
It’s free to use the site & all bookmarks are available to the public.
Software application that allows users to make voice calls over the internet. www.skype.com Launched 2003
Free to sign up – Users create a profile where they can add Skype contacts.
FREE video/voice calls through Skype to other users.
Calls/Text messages to landlines and mobile phones can also be made – for a small fee.
Video conference with multiple people at the same time.
Free web hosting service for wikis. www.wikia.com Launched 2004
What is a wiki? - A website that allows for the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser.
Users can customize their own wiki with topics that interest them. These can then be shared with other users across the internet.
Like Wikipedia, wikia content is published under a free license. – Therefore, take the information at your own risk.
What Can I Do Now?
Get involved. Not on a social networking site? – join one. Not using social media in addition to district curriculum? – use it. There are too many social media sites out there to not take advantage. – so, take advantage