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Social Media in Education

It is part of our lives.

We see it, every day. In the news, on our devices, in conversations with family and friends. We communicate with it. We share our lives, our passions, our anger and our sadness on it. It grows more, every day. There is a multi-billion dollar industry built around serving it to us, in every possible way, shape and form. If you are in business and not using, many say it is only a matter of time before your business will be a memory.

So, with all of this in mind, why is Social Media still not being taught or embraced in our schools? The government, which funds education, understands how vital Social Media is in its communication with the public...

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Sorry, Mom & Dad. Your Kids Are On Social Media

I have one or two kids in every class I teach. Teenagers who have no Social Media accounts. No Facebook. No Instagram. No Twitter, Kik, SnapChat or any other platform that teen are using today. I make a point of saying to these kids “you are my favourite person”, mainly because I know that there is a lot of peer pressure to have Social Media accounts, but also because these kids will not have an ugly Social Media Footprint gained through years of having had unfettered access to a place that is basically a house party, when the parents aren’t home.

I teach kids how to use Social Media properly and effectively...
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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name? Well, a lot, I hope.

Today my new URL goes live, one that (I hope) truly explains what I do; teachingsocial.media

I saw the “.media” domain pop up, about a week ago, and I thought to myself “I can use this”. I tried all of the obvious ones, first, like “social.media” and “getsocial.media”, etc., and then I started to focus on the learning aspects of a name. The most logical one was “teachingsocial.media” and the fates smiled on me.

The timing couldn’t be more perfect, either. I decided to take 2015 “off”, from actively working and promoting my business. While I am still That Social Media Guy, I am no going after new clients or projects. Instead, I am focusing on a few personal projects;

Social Media Camp. 

At the en...

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An Emotional Journey

This is the year that I have decided to stop thinking about it and start doing it.

I have been toying with the idea about writing a book, for a while. Last year I even came up with an idea that I thought would be fun and started to write an outline. In December, however, as I was getting into a number of conversations about Cyber-Bullying (a subject which I am very passionate about), I realized that if I was going to write about something that involved Social Media, I should write about something that a lot of Social Media people don’t write about.

There are a number of books out there, about Cyber-Bullying, and many are very good...

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What is “Social Media Success”?

I recently had a debate with one of my peers in the world of Social Media, whom I respect a great deal, about what is considered a “success” when using Social Media in business.

He runs a very successful Social Media agency in the US, as well as running a very successful online application that aids users in content curation within their Social Media environments (an application that I use, myself). In his world, it is all about managing his clients Social Media presence. Strategy, content marketing, etc., is their bread and butter and they do it very well. They work with their clients for as long as the client is willing to pay for the services.

I, on the other hand, am a Social Media coach...

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What a Summer!

My, oh, my. What a whirlwind Summer it has been!

From re-branding, to coaching, to being a guest on CKNW’s Simi Sara Show, to being invited to be a speaker at the upcoming Social Media Bootcamp workshop series in BC, I have been hopping from one bit of awesome to another!

Along the way I have found new apps, new companies and new friends, all of which have been adding value to who I am and what I have to offer. I have watched some of my newest clients just FLY with their new Social Media presence, some of them adding as much to the community they live in, as well as their own business...

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The Social Media Awesome of the National Aquarium

This week I was interviewing Nabila Chami, the Social Media and PR Coordinator for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. I was getting additional feedback on the new Nestivity feature called TweetChat, which the National Aquarium had recently used as part of their promotion for the opening of their new shark exhibit. What I got was so much more. What I got was the story of how a non-profit organization has started to use Social Media to expand their reach in education and customer service.

Jumping into the Deep End

The story of the National Aquariums Social Media presence actually goes back to February 2009, when they, like many other nationally known corporations and organizations started to add Social Media into their market...

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Teens, Young Adults and Social Media

This week I was a guest on CKNW’s The Simi Sara Show, talking about Social Media and the effects it has on the employable futures of teens and young adults. The conversation covered a lot of varying aspects, but the gist of it was this: kids have no filters and it is up to the parents to guide them through Social Media as much as they guide theme through everything else a the grow up. Not an easy task, given that teens and young adults are notorious for not listening to their parents advice and will continue to do things that most of us parents would consider reckless.

After the show, I returned to the campsite, where my family and I were enjoying the great weather by the ocean...

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Educate About Social Media Rather Than Banning It

When the Vancouver School Board announce that they were creating a new Social Media Policy of the School District and that the were looking for some public input, I immediately started that convo on Twitter. Soon the Vice Chair of the School Board jumped into the convo and, eventually, I submitted my two cents in the mix (writing about it in an earlier post, too).

The more I look at Social Media in the world of education, the more I see our system (in North America), banning or demonizing the medium, rather than adopting it. I have to wonder why.

I understand that the education system is slow to adopt many new things, because they need to review, assess, plan and develop what ever needs to be added into the curriculum...

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Anti-Bullying Education Starts at Home

For years we have been watching the ebb and flow of anti-bullying campaigns. Something horrible happens, such as the death of a child that is attributed to bullying, and the media/governments/education system go into full focus mode. Soon, however, it subsides and things plod along until the next incident happens and the whole thing starts again. The problem is, however, that the focus never changes and the real resolutions to the problem are never really found or addressed. Another new program is started to educate kids, another training session is set up for teachers and administrators, but the a significant piece of the puzzle seems to be avoided, all together; parents.

I am going to say something here that will be VERY unpopular...

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