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  • Wikipedia is social media—interactive, participatory! That also means to use it efficiently and meaningfully, you have to be social media literate
  • The term “literacy” has traditionally been used to suggest the ability to write and read; it is now being applied more generally, to suggest an active proficiency in something. Social media literacy is NOT just knowing how to do the basics in a social media site—so, if you know how to log-in and post, that doesn’t mean you are social media literate. It is a set of skills not unlike information literacy that indicates a higher level of understanding and interaction with the technology. You know where to find it, you know how to use it ethically, and how to evaluate it
  • Social Media literacies adapted from Howard Rheingold’s article “Attention and other 21st Century Social Media literacies” found here:
  • In what other situations do we encounter this skillset? When do we use critical thinking? What kind of information do we evaluate, and why?
  • What kind of networks exist? (Imagined communities!) What kind of interactions do we have in certain networks? What does it mean to join the conversation? We are entering in to a dialogue here, the same way that we do when we do research. In this, we need to be conscientious of the conversations that precede us—how do our viewpoints fit within the larger conversation?
  • When we consume information, we must do to critically—so, in the same way that it is important for us to evaluate a website we find through google or an article we find through a database search, we also need to evaluate information we get through our social media channels
  • You need to be conscious of the fact that when you do research, or, for that matter, when you post on facebook, you are creating new information. You are contributing to a conversation. This is empowering! (but with power comes responsibility). [Pedagogically, when a student produces information, it is an indicator of what they do and do not know. Social Media, then, can become a site for assessment, and real application of concepts that produces dynamic content that has a life outside of the classroom.
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  • Social Media Literacy

    1. 1. Social Media LiteracyWhat is it? Why is it important? Jessica Critten University of West Georgia Last updated 4.8.12
    2. 2. Is social media “good” for us as a society? • A=Yes • B=No
    3. 3. Is social media “good” for us as a society?• A=Yes• B=No• C—It depends on how you use it.
    4. 4. What is social media?• “media for social interaction, using highly accessible and scalable communication techniques. Social media is the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue” (Wikipedia)• Why did I choose a definition from Wikipedia?
    5. 5. How many of you use?•A=YES B=NO• Facebook• Twitter• Blogs• Wikis• What other social media outlets do you use?
    6. 6. How do you use social media?• Stay connected to friends and family• Find out about and/or publicize events• Reach out to celebrities and/or other public figures• What else? What an insightful tweet, Jessica.
    7. 7. Why do you think we are using social media in our class?
    8. 8. How can you use social media?• Building networks—professional, interest-based• As a type of information source! So, as a way to find and evaluate information• Most importantly, as a way to become a producer of information, not just a consumer
    9. 9. What do you think it means to be social media literate?
    10. 10. What is social media literacy?• What does Literacy mean?• “Social media literacy is having the proficiency to communicate appropriately, responsibly, and to evaluate conversations critically within the realm of socially-based technologies. (Karen Tillman)
    11. 11. Types of Social media literacy• “Reputation Management” • “…to communicate – Privacy appropriately, – Personal Branding responsibly…”
    12. 12. Types of social media literacy • Critical Thinking/Crap• “…and to detection evaluate conversations – Remember that anyone critically…” can post anything online. It is important to employ critical thinking to determine what is credible
    13. 13. Types of social media literacy• “…within the realm • Network Awareness of socially-based technologies.” – Identify our networks – Find new contacts – Join the conversation
    14. 14. Why do you think we are using social media in our class?• Social media is an information source!
    15. 15. Why do you think we are using social media in our class?• You are a producer, not just a consumer
    16. 16. Twitter—activity Use the hashtag #uwglibr1101• Find your classmates and “follow them” (I am @jcrittenuwg) • Search box Search by first and last name or @ name• Question: How would you LIKE to use social media in your education?• You can talk about using a specific site (facebook, twitter, glogster, tumblr, blogs) or even ways you’ve used social media in your classes that you’ve enjoyed or found meaningful. Make sure to use the class hashtag #uwglibr1101 so I can find your tweets!