What is Social Media?


Today’s web users are prolific creators of content, and they upload photographs, audio, and video to cloud-based social media sites, such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and many others by the billions. While the initial emphasis of social media was placed on producing and uploading media to these popular sharing sites, as the notion of social media has evolved it has ultimately become more about the conversations started and relationships formed via this media. When users log in to Facebook and Twitter, two of the sites that have the most subscribers and daily traffic, they are there to see what their family, friends, and favorite brands and organizations are doing and who is talking about what. For educational institutions, social media enables two-way dialogues between students, prospective students, educators, and the institution that are less formal than with other media. New tools, such as Facebook’s social search engine, promise to mine these interactions using a concept known as the social graph. A person’s social graph represents the sum of all of a person’s online social connections (who he or she is friends with, who likes the things she or her friends are interested in, who among those connections is where, etc.) and provides a means to search and navigate those connections. Social graphs can be visualized in a variety of interesting ways, but far more interesting is the information embedded within the social graph and what it can tell us.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Motivation for the students, possibility to learn how to use social media which will be a big part of their lives and work with different types of writing, discussions, practising feed back and publishing.- nina.fjeldheim2 nina.fjeldheim2 Sep 18, 2013- Liv.Dahlin Liv.Dahlin Sep 22, 2013
  • It gives an opportunity to publish your own visual products with out a cost and to reach a lot of others. They can also publish their own images and together these practices build on each others. This can give increased competence for the individual but also gain a collective development. - Liv.Dahlin Liv.Dahlin Sep 22, 2013
  • Gives the opportunity to understand how social communities evolve- per.hetland per.hetland Sep 17, 2013 - ingvill.rasmussen ingvill.rasmussen Sep 17, 2013
  • Support communities of learners and strengthens collaborative and communicative competences among learners. - ola.erstad ola.erstad Sep 28, 2013

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • - June.M.Breivik June.M.Breivik Sep 16, 2013 Social media is so much more than Twitter and Facebook. These kind of social media have serious security issues. They store too much information, and cover too many aspects of a persons life. Social media that is more education targeted will be more common, like TodaysMeet, Padlet and other sites that are social media, but more limited than Facebook and Twitter.
  • I agree with June on the security part. Also there is a problem with the students' age in lower secondary. Some parents won't let the students have a Facebook account and we need everybody to set up an account if we are going to use it. There are some other opensource options, but I haven't tested them.- nina.fjeldheim2 nina.fjeldheim2 Sep 18, 2013
  • The increasing use of visual elements in social media makes a whole new way of communicating central. - Liv.Dahlin Liv.Dahlin Sep 22, 2013
  • Playfulness and the arena for testing ideas and sharing just for the fun of it is also a part of the driving force of the social media.- Liv.Dahlin Liv.Dahlin Sep 22, 2013
  • We need to develop better assessment procedures and instruments to target collaborative and communicative competences in using social media for learning. - ola.erstad ola.erstad Sep 28, 2013

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on Norwegian K-12 education?

  • - June.M.Breivik June.M.Breivik Sep 16, 2013 as teachers get more used to these tools they will use them more in education. So far are the students ahead of the teachers as the students use them for collaboration. But because the knowledge of teachers on how to use this for educational purposes the pupils do not learn how to reap the benefit of these tools.
  • Excellent examples for understanding social science- per.hetland per.hetland Sep 17, 2013
  • It depends on how well they can integrate these new tools in their education. I can see lots of impact, but it need to be used. Just posting a document on Facebook or IT's Learning for that matter, won't increase learning or do anything. They need to take advantage of the new medias, and make it an arena for discussion, co-working/collaboration or integrate a goal of getting likes or spread something to make it work.- nina.fjeldheim2 nina.fjeldheim2 Sep 18, 2013
  • Social media can bring in more to motivation of pupils and low key playfulness in learning activities. It can also bring in more open and broad work in classroom situations. - Liv.Dahlin Liv.Dahlin Sep 22, 2013

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • We are currently working on a project where we parttake in MSFs "forgotten crises"-project which has awareness as an aim. The students' project is to try to get "their" crises in the media, useing traditional newspaper and social media. We do it as a competition so that they try to get likes, spread their message through to as many as possible and so on. This way they also learn how traditional and social media work.- nina.fjeldheim2 nina.fjeldheim2 Sep 18, 2013 * http://www.hsh.no/nyheter/index.php?arkiv=2013040000002263 - guttorm guttorm Sep 19, 2013
  • http://www.hsh.no/nyheter/2011040000002158 - guttorm guttorm Sep 19, 2013
  • We are together with teachers and student trying to build network based on different subjects. In this network we try out with pupils different socialmedia, but mainly related to arts and craft and the use of images. - Liv.Dahlin Liv.Dahlin Sep 22, 2013
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