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This Is How Teens Are Using Social Media

This Is How Teens Are Using Social Media
All of us old-ish folks that didn’t grow up with hand held technology from the time we were just getting into big-kid beds sometimes ponder that children now enter the online world at a much younger age than we did. They’ll never have to deal with a corded telephone or wait for someone to send them snail-mail (or, as I so blandly knew it to be called, “mail). This handy infographic takes a look at the effects that the digital age is having on younger minds and offers insight into how teens are using social media. Keep reading to learn more. Related:  Background Reading Material on Social MediaEFLSocial Networking

The Student's Guide To Proper Social Media Etiquette If you’re like me, you act differently on different social networks. You share certain things on Facebook that you wouldn’t share on Twitter. You post stuff on Pinterest that you wouldn’t post on Path or share on instant message. Because of this, it’s important for students (and teachers and everyone else!) For example, it’s important to maintain a relatively simple layout and minimal amount of content in your emails, while you should act a bit differently on an online message board. In general, just act right.

Kids of the Internet Generation vs. Everybody Else [INFOGRAPHIC] They don’t make them like they used to, right? Kids these days have grown accustomed to many luxuries that just weren’t around a few decades ago, namely new tech gadgets. Are they better off for it? While kids used to head outdoors when they wanted to play, children today are 6 times more likely to be playing video games than riding bikes! In fact, cycling is down 31% since 1995. So I ask you: Is the Internet strengthening our children or inhibiting their growth? I’m an 80s kid, and I’ve spent 76 of the last 76 straight hours plugged in.

KWestions for Michael Staton of Inigral Yesterday evening, I was one lucky education blogger when Michael Staton, CEO and co-founder of Inigral made the time and agreed to do a KWestions interview. I’m happy to share the exciting news as one of the first with you. Inigral, sometimes called the Facebook of Higher Education, are now partner of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Michael having an educational background himself, experienced the struggle many freshmen have when they’re just about to start college at first hand. Its main and shared objectives with the Gates Foundation is to considerably lower the drop out rates of students during their first year at university and to empower students from low income families as well as first generation graduates. It was a delight talking with Michael and to experience his passion for what he does what I feel makes a significant difference as an entrepreneur and contributes massively to the success of an idea and therefore a company. Related Links:

5 Amazing Ways To Collaborate With Another Class “Ms. Clark, when are we going to do that again?” Nothing makes me happier as an educator than hearing those words – and lately, I have been hearing them a lot! It is not the question, as much as the look on the faces of my students, that I enjoy the most. As we began our journey, some of our classes had 1:1 iPads, but others did not. If collaboration is something that interests you – and it should - here are five easy and highly engaging ways you can begin (or even improve) your journey. 1. If you have not heard of a Mystery Skype yet – stop what you are doing and read this amazing blog post by a really innovative educator Craig Badura ( @mrbadura ) from Nebraska. In this scenario, kids get to apply and use geographical knowledge, critical thinking, and the skill of deduction. Tip: The world is your oyster with this type of project. 2. I think most educators see the value in having students within their own class collaborate on a Google Doc – but it is time to think bigger! 3. 4. 5.

How To Use Instagram In The Classroom We’ve shared a lot of different ideas here on how to integrate different forms of social media in the classroom. From Facebook to Twitter and Pinterest , there are a ton of educators out there who are harnessing their students’ existing interest and knowledge of these social media tools to engage them in learning activities in the classroom. The handy infographic below (Via: shows a number of different ways to employ another popular social media tool in the classroom and library: Instagram . Use for Math by having students take photos of items demonstrating certain concepts like parallel lines, symmetry, angles, etc. Katie was a teacher, graduate student, and is now the lady who makes sure Edudemic is as useful as possible.

Six examples of brilliant marketing creative to enjoy with your coffee Here on the Econsultancy blog, we’re going to start teasing you with details of the week-long siren of excellence and japes that is the Festival of Marketing (8-10th October in London). One of the many components of the Festival is PUNCH, the event where marketing meets the new creative. To quote our website, ‘in today’s increasingly saturated media landscape, creative power matters more than ever’. So, to celebrate this event, and to give you something pretty to look at while you let your mind wander, I’ve listed some of my favourites in the world of creative in marketing. Social Tacobell In the words of David, our intern, Taco Bell’s Twitter account ‘doesn’t feed out generic, bland, and often repetitive info’. Instead, those with the keys to the Taco Bell account engage in a mesmerising mix of humour and hyper engagement, crucially targeting a young demographic in a way that no other fast food joints have mastered. Guerrilla(esque) Video Their videos are great and fairly low-fi. Out of home

ANSWERED: The 5 Biggest Early Childhood Education Questions You probably don’t need to be told that very young children today are quite adept at using technology – and perhaps more at ease with it than their parents are! While their elementary and secondary school counterparts are making moves towards BYOD and 1:1 classroom scenarios, what is happening with our youngest generation? This handy infographic takes a look at technology in the early childhood education classroom to see what’s happening there and attempts to answer the biggest early childhood questions. 93% of teachers use desktops or laptops 34% use tablets and other handheld devices 55% use interactive whiteboards 52% of teachers say their students are using technology every day of the week For those not using technology, funding was the major concern Only 4% said that they didn’t see value in using technology with students of this age

Tim Cope: Hangout from Kharkhiraa-Turgen Mountains of Mongolia 5 Free Online Courses For Social Media Beginners Whether you’re new to technology, just getting started with a social network, or looking for some useful tips then these courses are for you. They’re part of a new idea that I’ve been working on with a few friends. We’re calling it Modern Lessons and it’s essentially a ‘Khan Academy for real-world skills’ where a small handful of people build free online courses designed to help you learn some important things. But it’s more than just a few useful videos about Twitter. There are customized certificates, quizzes, prerequisites, and more. For now, let’s focus on how to improve your social media skills. The Beginner’s Guide To Facebook Facebook dominates the web. The Beginner’s Guide To Pinterest Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing social networks in the world. The Beginner’s Guide To Learnist Learnist is one of the hot education-oriented social networks you should know about. The Beginner’s Guide To Twitter In this course, we jump into the world of Twitter feet first.

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