“Can you explain Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to me?”
...wow... where to start... ???
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Social media has become so pervasive throughout our lifestyles that we – or in this case, I – don’t often stop to think about the components that make these tools similar and different
Only after stumbling through several answers to some really good questions did I find the following:
Social Media (i.e.: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and like a bajillion other similar services)
YouTube 101 (series of how-to videos):
And, on a related note, YouTube just posted this video about YouTube for Schools:
So How Did You Actually Answer The Question?
- All are considered "Social Media," allowing users to create and share rich content.
- All have an element of adding one's own comments and opinions to be shared and re-shared. This can be tricky for classrooms, but there are ways to protect kids' anonymity & emotions so each tool can be used for safe and legitimate classroom purposes.
- All allow varying degrees of privacy and security, which require the administrator of the social media site - in schools that's usually a classroom teacher - to oversee what is/is not visible and who can/cannot participate.
- There are private versions of the sites above (for example, SchoolTube allows private video sharing for schools, Ning & Edmodo offer private social networking tools, etc.) that schools & districts might consider. There are literally thousands of social media sites available for individuals and schools to use. Some are free; some charge annual fees. Generally, the more secure you want to be, the more you'll have to pay.
- Schools and Districts should, in my humble opinion, develop & have approved social media policies on-file before beginning such endeavors. Examine your school's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for details and decide if it needs updating. If it hasn't been updated in the last 5 years, it probably needs an upgrade to include language about social media tools.