Social Media Inundation in America<br /><ul><li>More people than ever are using social media.
Use among middle and high school student is as high as 78%!</li></ul>*Statistics from Mashable<br />
Social Media Literacy in teens<br /><ul><li>57% of teens who use the Internet could be considered media creators
Teens are living in the most participatory culture ever. </li></ul>*Statistic from Mashable<br />
In the classroom...<br /><ul><li>76 % of American K-12 teachers use digital media.
However, only 14% of that group uses social media or participatory (wiki-based) sites.</li></ul>* Statistics from PBS.org<br />
Diversity in Social Media<br /><ul><li>Social Media is rife with diversity, especially racial diversity.
In areas of the country where schools are racially homogenous, social media can be used to increase racial diversity learning.</li></ul>* From DMS Research<br />
Racial Minorities in Social Media<br /><ul><li>Seven in ten African-Americans and English-speaking Latinos use social networking sites—significantly higher than the six in ten whites who do so.
Compared with white cell phone owners, African-Americans and Latinos are significantly more likely to use their mobile devices to: use social networking sites, use the internet, and post multimedia content online.</li></ul>* Statistics from Pew Research Center<br />
Language Diversity in Social Media<br /><ul><li>Facebook is available in more than 37 languages.
Efforts are being made to include more language learners in social media to improve language skills.
Communities of language learners exist throughout the social media landscape, utilizing the communication to find immersion in the language and study the culture even more than traditional classes.</li></ul>*From: Diversity Dimensions<br />
Users with disabilities in Social Media<br /><ul><li>12% of Internet users are disabled.
People with disabilities use social media in the same and for the same reasons as users without disabilities: to connect with friends, share their views and converse with other users.
People with disabilities may expand the usage of social media and Web 2.0 to look for those who are similarly disabled or for support networks and educational resources.
Many people whose disabilities impair mobility say that they receive most of their interaction and informal education utilizing social media or Web 2.0 tech like YouTube</li></ul>Source: Disaboom<br />
Social media allows<br />All students to expand their worlds<br />
External Links<br />Twitter4Teachers– a listing of educators using Twitter for their classes <br />Social Media Primer– a brief video used to develop social media awareness<br />Edublogs – a blogging service developed for educators and their students<br />TeacherTube – videos, pictures, audio and docs, all centered around reaching children through Web 2.0<br />Case for Social Media in Schools– a Mashable article that details why schools should embrcae rather than fear social media.<br />