The Power of Social Media and its Implications for Education

When: Tuesday, March 13th, 4-5pm Melbourne, Australia (gmt+11)

About this session: Year 12 students walked into my classroom for the first lesson of the day on Wednesday last week and asked if I had seen the Kony video. Intrigued, I asked more questions to find out that the students had seen the links on facebook which had gone viral with the news. It had also hit other social media eg twitter, youtube, vimeo with a vengeance and the traditional media had also joined in. Using a teachable moment, we viewed the highly engaging video. Since then it has come under some criticism.

When we watched the movie  it had had 3 million hits, by the end of the day the hits amounted to 10 million but 24 hours later had reached 40 million. Wide use of social media has also been used in the recent floods in Victoria.

  • What are other examples of social media use  that have had global impact?
  • What impact does this have on learning and for education in general?
  • How important are critical thinking and internet research skills?
  • How can these skills be taught?
Join us as we share conversations around these important questions. Here is the link to join in this session. What comments could you add? What are your feelings on this?