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Social Networking for Social Action at TIES 2008.

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  • 1. Read, Write, Act : Social Networking for Social Change TIES 2008 Scott Schwister [email_address]
  • 2. What comes after Web 2.0?
    • Web 1.0
    • Web 2.0
    • Web 3.0
    • Read-only
    • Read-write
    • Read-write- act
  • 3. Digital Youth Project Released November 2008
    • Youth use online media to extend friendships and interests.
    • Youth engage in peer-based, self-directed learning online.
    • Youth turn to specialized knowledge groups with the goal of improving their craft and gaining reputation among expert peers.
  • 7. Geeking out? Really?
    • Yep. Really.
    • Feedback and learning.
    • Reputation and recognition.
    • Adults are not necessarily the resident experts.
    • Adult-youth relationship: “co-conspirators”
  • 8. Friendship-driven vs. Interest-driven
  • 9. Social action as geeking out? Socializing  Social Action
  • 10. A new face of activism
    • “ The idea of real-world change is the most important factor overlooked by critics of social media. The goal of cause-related social media is not to limit awareness to the online world but to use the platform as a tool to reach the masses.”
    • Naomi Hirabayashi, Memo to Our Parents: We Do Care
  • 11. Millennial activists are
    • "Young people, ages 15-29, who practice a nascent model of civic participation that combines immersion in social causes, idealism, digital fluency.”
    • Allison Fine
  • 12. Millennials Changing America
    • Alex Steed’s cross-country tour
    • Goal of project is to “paint a comprehensive and diverse picture of what millennial activists think, look like, and how they function.”
  • 13. What does social action look like? Write a letter. Hold a food drive. Sign a petition. Donate to a charity. Tutor a student. Organize a poster campaign.
  • 14. What could social action look like? Write a blog post . Promote a food drive on Facebook. Sign a petition online . Donate to a charity via a ChipIn widget. Tutor a student through . Organize a YouTube PSA campaign.
  • 15. Cause-oriented social networking sites
    • DoSomething
    • Causecast
    • Facebook Causes
    • SocialVibe
  • 16. Wait a minute. Socialization = Social Action
  • 17. More cause-oriented sites
    • Protect the Human - Amnesty Intentional
    • Idealist
    • Taking IT Global
    • iEARN
    • WiserEarth
    • zyOzy
    • Global Youth Action Network
    • The Point
    • NetSquared
  • 18. Widget activism
  • 19. Student-teacher projects
  • 20. Project Global Cooling
    • Raising awareness about climate change through student-organized Earth Day concerts, video PSAs, blogs, and other creative work.
    • 2008: Seoul, Melbourne, Honolulu, Bangkok, Beijing, Santo Domingo.
    • Brainchild of Clay Burell
  • 21.  
  • 22. Project Global Cooling
    • Project Global Cooling site
    • Melbourne Ustream
    • Bangkok Ustream
  • 23. Life Round Here
    • Cross-cultural awareness
    • Global collaboration with multiple schools
    • 2007 project
    • Participation open for 2009 project
    • Brainchild of Chris Craft
  • 24. Students for Barack Obama
    • Civic engagement
    • SFBO website
  • 25. Team Shift Happens on Kiva
    • Kiva - social entrepreneurship and microlending to alleviate poverty
    • Karl Fisch : “Give until it feels good.”
    • Team Shift Happens on Kiva
    • The Pay It Forward Challenge
      • Lend $25
      • Send a gift certificate or two to a friend
      • Spread the word
  • 26. Implications for educators
    • Adults should facilitate young people’s engagement with digital media.
    • Adults have a role to play in interest-driven learning as models and peers.
    • Educational institutions need to keep pace.
  • 27. Final thoughts
    • Teachers can facilitate projects in which students engage in social action.
    • Cause-oriented social networks represent a new way to connect students to others who share their interests.
    • Old-school networking still works to find and create classroom collaborations.
    • To fully understand interest-driven networked learning, we need to be co -conspirators engaged in pedagogy of collegiality. We need to be part of the network.
  • 28. What’s next?
    • Join ReadWriteAct on Ning
    • Resources, links, peers
    • Grouped by cause
    • What are your ideas?
  • 29. Thanks to Alec Couros for sharing social justice resources , and Clay Burell for planting the 3.0 seed.
  • 30. Contact Scott Schwister [email_address]