Social Media Etiquette: Helping Students See the Big Picture

social_media_etiquetteSocial media is an incredibly important tool in today’s society. According to the article “How is Social Media Used in Schools?” by Shea Bennett, 96% of all students with access to the internet have reported using some form of social media.

When I was in high school (not that many years ago), the big thing was MySpace. Everyone had a myspace, with their fancy wallpapers and the music players. Then when I got to college, Facebook came on the scene! At first it was exclusive, meant only for the college student, but then it exploded with over 1 billion users and counting. Now, today, our social media young are turning to Twitter. The social media of generation Z! Twitter with its 160 character limit has taken off. Adults, teens, and children alike find the ability to follow and tweet quite addicting. The hashtag has integrated with modern culture and has been featured as recently as late night television with Jimmy Fallon.

However, how much do our students today really know about the implications of the “tweet?” An article published by the New York Times titled “They Loved Your GPA Until They Saw Your Tweets” last November suggests that many students may be social media users but possibly lack social media etiquette. It is easy to write exactly what we are thinking without recognizing the fact that our audience is anyone and everyone.

Internet Marketing Ninja’s has a great article by Amy Smarty called “8 Infographics to Understand Social Media Etiquette” that helps to make people aware of good social media etiquette through the use of info graphics. If you, like me, use social media a lot it is worth your time. This is just another step towards helping students and adults become better digital citizens by monitoring their digital foot print. I would encourage you to check out the attached articles, they are worth a glance!



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Twitter Chats for Educators

10 Twitter Chats for Educators

Are you on twitter? “hashtag” Awesome! If not, you should check it out and learn about this tweeting craze and hashtag mania! Almost every day of the week there are Twitter Chats happening with educators from all over the world who engage in conversation about relevant ideas and practices in education. These chats occur every week and are usually facilitated by an educator on twitter. You can either get in the action or just follow the tweets. You can check out these chats by joining Twitter (if you haven’t already) and search the following “hashtags”:

  • #edtechchat (Monday at 8pm EST) “Educational Technology”
  • #flipclass (Monday at 8pm EST) “Flipped Classroom”
  • #edchat (Tuesday at 7pm EST) “General Education”
  • #spedchat (Tuesday at 9pm EST) “Special Education”
  • #STEMchat (Tuesday at 9pm EST) “STEM”
  • #ntchat (Wednesday at 8pm EST) “New Teachers”
  • #ptchat (Wednesday at 9pm EST) “Parents and Teachers”
  • #gtchat (Friday at 7pm EST) “Gifted and Talented”
  • #satchat (Saturday at 7:30am EST) “General Education”
  • #21stedchat (Sunday at 8pm EST) “21st Century Learning”

If you are completely lost on the whole “Twitter” thing then feel free to contact me and I will help you out! It is a great way to meet educators with your same educational passions!


What is your digital footprint? How can you control it?

Image from the article “Wireless Family” by Camille Bautista via Click on the image to read the article!

With our ever-increasing digital prowess, it is no wonder that social media and electronic devices like smartphones and tablets are becoming common place in education. A recent article by journalist Camille Bautista on the social news website explains our perceptions of the modern-day wireless family. Some of the key points of interest are:

  • 75% of teens have a social network profile.
  • The average number of text messages sent by teens per day is 60!
  • 77% of teens ages 12-17 have a cell phone.
  • 70% of children under the age of 12 have used a mobile device.
  • 70% of teens use their cell phones for homework.
  • There are over 20,000 apps just for learning on the iPad alone.

When you start to look at the numbers it is staggering how much of our interaction today is through a mobile device.

Want to know something? Google it. 

Who was that on television? Look it up on youtube.

Are they in a relationship? It’s not official unless it is on facebook. 

#woah #crazybiz #whatisahashtaganyway

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Michigan Association for Computer User Learning (aka MACUL). While there, speaker George Couros who is the “division Principal for Parkland School Division and an innovative teaching, learning, and leadership consultant” spoke about our digital footprint and how we need to be careful of just what information about us is out there. So, let’s try it. Google your name. See what pops up.

You may like what you see.

You may see very little.

You may be surprised at what you see.

Whatever the result, people learn about us by our digital footprint. What we post on social media, what our profile says about us, and other information that we may or may not know is out there.

Many of my students are teens, 17-18 year old who, in a very short period of time will be going off to college or pursuing technical careers. It is very important that we all understand the implications of social media as part of the “career pathway.”

It is becoming increasingly popular to “Google it” when searching for information about perspective candidates online. Whether we agree with it or not, employeers are utilizing search engines and the web to look up prospective candidates. One way you, as the user can control this information is to have a positive online presence and be aware of what will happen when someone Google’s or Facebook’s you.

One of my favorite tools for doing this is to set up a google account and google alerts!

Google alerts is a content filtering engine that sends you an update immediately, daily, or weekly with new information being posted about you. You can set it up by name, keyword, email…etc. I highly recommend checking out this wonderful resource in your pursuit of managing your digital footprint.

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