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100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media In the Classroom Social media may have started out as a fun way to connect with friends, but it has evolved to become a powerful tool for education and business. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter and tools such as Skype are connecting students to learning opportunities in new and exciting ways. Whether you teach an elementary class, a traditional college class, or at an online university, you will find inspirational ways to incorporate social media in your classroom with this list. Ideas for K-12 Classrooms

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The richer lives of social media users There’s a perception that people who spend a lot of time on social networks actually aren’t very social at all, that they’re caught up in a virtual world at the expense of relationships IRL (in real life). But it turns out that perception isn’t really true. Heavy social network users are not any more isolated than the average person, and they are just as interested in real-life things as their Facebook-eschewing counterparts. That’s according to a new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, which set out to discover whether technologies isolate people and truncate their relationships. The short answer was no. The study found that roughly 59 percent of internet users are also social network users, up from 34 percent three years ago, and the vast majority of those people are on Facebook.

Neighbors Online How Americans learn about community issues Overview Americans use a range of approaches to keep informed about what is happening in their communities and online activities have been added to the mix. Face-to-face encounters and phone calls remain the most frequent methods of interaction with neighbors. Digital Citizenship One of the focuses we continue to address in education is digital citizenship, Internet safety and cyber ethics. “Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology.” (Digital Citizenship, 2010).

Busuu got smarter with the MyBusuu Study Guide Busuu launched a new interesting feature for their premium subscribers last week, called the MyBusuu Study Guide. This feature is developed in partnership with the Salzburg Research Institute and lets students set their personal study goals and track the progress over time. Also, the tests at the end of each section got a refresh and will now adapt the questions to the mistakes the learner had made during the sections. I think, this is again a very clever move of the Busuu team. Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction Jim Wilson/The New York Times Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning. By all rights, Vishal, a bright 17-year-old, should already have finished the book, ’s “Cat’s Cradle,” his summer reading assignment.

The New Dinosaur: Why I'm Not on Facebook, and Why You Shouldn't Be Either - Culture I gave up on Facebook the day it kicked me off for using a fake name. I can't remember now if it was 2006 or 2007, but I do remember a Facebook support staff member asking me via email to verify that I was actually named "Snuffles Caulfield." I couldn't, and after briefly considering some mock letterhead, I thought, Screw this stupid thing, and that was that. Five (or four) years later, I'm still saying, "Screw Facebook." The only difference is that I'm in the minority. Research on Twitter and Microblogging (last updated: October 30, 2009) (updates w/ complete citation and links should be sent to zephoria [@] (There is some overlap between this listing and the listing of Research on Social Network Sites.) The research contained below is focused specifically on Twitter and other microblogging phenomena.

Barry Wellman's Publications NetLab is an interdisciplinary scholarly network studying the intersection of social networks, communication networks, and computer networks. Centered at the University of Toronto, NetLab members have come from across Canada and the United States as well as from Chile, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Norway, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.