Social Media: Session 1 Introduction to Social Media
Agenda for the session
• Why it is important to have a social
• Social media misconceptions.
• Overview of social media sites and how
to use them.
• Start to build a presence.
• Time to set up accounts and work.
Why is it good to be on social
• Integral part of current media landscape.
– #Election2012, #Olympics, #Sandy
• It is good to try new things out before
making a judgment.
• We need to be on social media to set a
good example for our students.
• It is a good place to learn and stay
• It is a chance to connect with peers #FHSDpd
other people all over the country and
Misconceptions about social
• “I don’t want people to find out bad things about
– You control your own message, so don’t put bad things out
• “If I am not on there, people won’t talk about me.”
– You can’t control what others do whether you are on it or
• “It is just all about that Bob ate Taco Bell for
– Most of it is not that. Plus, you don’t have to follow the
“Bobs” of social media.
• “Social media only brings trouble.”
– It is just like anything else, there is good and bad. You can
choose to focus on the good.
Power of Social Media
• Cory Booker and Sandy
• When news broke that the Del Taco in midtown
St. Louis, known for its saucer shape, was to
be demolished, a social media storm broke out
in St. Louis. Even Mayor Slay got on the
Twitter bandwagon with it.
– River Front Times Article
– June 22, 2011 is when the FB group started by June
24 they had 10,000 signatures on a petition to keep it
Why we need to be there for
• The Voice of the Active Learner
• People I have met
• People I have not met
My personal examples
• Have connected with
all over country.
• Yes we run in real life
5 tips I follow
Have a voice.
Think before posting.
These are guidelines I like to follow, but there is not exact one way to do social media
• People are going to take away a
message from you no matter what.
Social media gives you the power to
give them the message you want them
to take away.
Popular social media sites
• SNL social media clip
• Twitter Gov
• Twitter Political index
• More simple and streamlined then
• More freedom of who you can follow.
• The ultimate network.
• Less is more.
• Main Idea
Every tweet is a max of 140 characters
Interaction is important (@replies and RT – retweets)
Use link shorteners like bit.ly or goo.gl
# hastags make it easy to follow specific people or events,
• When you sign up for a username, you want to
keep it as short and simple as possible, so when
people @ reply you or RT you, the name doesn’t
take up too many characters.
• Start by following people who are interested in
some of the same things you are.
– For example: education, football, cooking, photography…
There are a lot of people to
If it is news, it is here.
Best place for tech news.
• Main Idea:
– Visually organize your ideas
– Create boards to organize your interest
– Pin pictures, videos or URLs on your boards
– Visual way to organize your bookmarks
• Very sharing community
Find people to follow
Follow people your friends follow
What are you interested in?
For Session 2
• In the next two weeks, login to your
social media site of choice consistently.
(this is going to vary depending on
your time constraints) Become familiar
with the site. Start posting a little, and
try to find interesting people to follow.
• Next time we will talk more about
developing a Professional Learning