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Sample Post about Social Media event – class on Friday

Here is a sample post blogging about social media:

On Friday, October 8th in the 6th period elective class at EBCHS, Social Media for Social Good, students took a wild experimental ride to learn the power of social media for communication, ‘tattletaling’, ‘snitching,’ and holding teachers accountable. After watching and tweeting about the YouTube video of the UCLA student tasered by campus police in fall of 2006 [with over a million views], students did some ‘closer to home’ tweets after half the students were removed from the classroom. They came with me while two teachers moved in to fake a crackdown on a student who had supposedly stolen a teacher’s phone [a false scenario to which the offending student was alerted ahead of time]. The students outside the classroom (with laptops) had one mission only – find out what was going on in the classroom. Sure enough, students communicated the scene back and forth, even as the dean of students came in to further punish the offending student.

It was a fascinating test case on how information travels, and it also demonstrated to students how they can hold authority figures accountable for actions they take, when they can so easily spread a message. Next week we will go further into the question of who that kind of reporting can give power to as we look at some case studies around the world.

Friday’s class

Question Focus:

The Civil Rights Movement was a successful movement without social media.


The class’ chosen questions to focus on:

What is a successful movement?

How did they communicate without social media?

Would the CRM have been successful at all if not for social media?


Malcolm Gladwell:

Why the Revolution will not be tweeted

Weekend social media for social good roundup

Weekend roundup




Social Media Campaigns to choose from

Egypt 2011

Tunisia 2011

Iran 2009 – the “Twitter Revolution”

Iran 2011

Breast Cancer awareness on Facebook

Troy Davis


Moldova 2009

Malcolm Gladwell – Why the Revolution won’t be tweeted


Gil Scott Heron

The Revolution will not be televised



Ideas for teaching social media to journalists


Social Media STatistics



Teaching with Social Media: Blogs, Wikis, YouTube, and Second Life

Some Statistics about the new “Two Cultures”: the Culture of Knowledge and the Culture of Information

  • 83% of adult respondents thought that a twelve-year-old knew more about the Internet than their elected representative in Congress (Zogby 2006)
  • 48% of all children six and under have used a computer, and 30% have played video games (Rideout, Vandewater, and Wartella 2003)
  • 55% of youth 12-17 use social networking sites (Pew 2007)
  • 57% of teens who use the Internet could be considered media creators (Pew 2005), a statistic that may be an undercount, because it does not factor in newer digital forms of expression or those that produce artifacts other than written texts (Jenkins/MacArthur 2006)
  • While engaged in an average of 2.7 simultaneous Internet Message conversations, 39% of surveyed college students were also writing academic essays while multitasking online (Baron 2006)
  • 71% of students at the University of Minnesota use Wikipedia; 28% cite it (Adams 2006)
  • 36% of students in a U.S./Canada study admit to “cut and paste” plagiarism of sources from the Internet (McCabe 2004)
  • 81% of faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences get digital resources from Google-type searches (Harley 2006)