Social Media

I’ve chosen to write about our presentation by Jesse Miller because I found it very interesting and proactive. It is so true that many of the adults in our lives speak of social media very negatively and I think that a large part of this is the feeling of being left out as well as the influx of fake news that circulates around the devices that they themselves are glued to. I personally know that my dad is constantly sending things like “too much screen time causes cancer”, and it is so ironic because these messages are mostly sent to me through Facebook messenger. Listening to Jesse is very comforting and eye opening. I know that I grew up in the beginning of this broadcasting era, I remember first getting an Instagram account and beginning to share my life to the world.

After constant negative output from my parents and family, but this didn’t stop me from wanting to share and share and share. While this addiction that our society has may be narcissistic it is the reality that we live in and the best thing that we can do about it is to utilize it. We are living in a world of unimaginable possibility, and we must rethink technology and turn it into a tool that nurtures a creative spirit and a critical mind. Jesse believes we must rethink and reevaluate how we use and feel about technology. We must harness the understanding that we can create a community of digital citizenship that will actually move the world forward. I totally agree with this, there is not stopping the wave that social media and technology have started, as a whole society old and young we must learn how to surf them, in that sense enjoying and creating something useful and elegant within them.

When it comes to social media there are so many great tools and platoforms out there that can be used proefessionally and recreationally to create a diverse and interesting classroom. In our class we have been introduced to twitter, trello, blogging, GAFE etc. Twitter is a great place to be able to find resources and connect with other educators. It is your choice how professional you want your twitter account to be and everything that you want to share on it, in a classroom you can keep up with creative and progressive educational ideas. Trello is like the Instagram of task management apps or the digital equivalent of Post-It Notes and bulletin boards. It’s a visual stream of every task for every project in your educational career and life. You can plan and execute a new idea or project easily while having everything you need in one place. Figuirng out these resources in our semester has been a little confusing but also very helpful and eye opening.

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Google Apps for Education is a free suite of cloud-based tools created by Google to use