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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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Missing the Social Media Advantage

With the British Columbia Teachers dispute at an end I thought I would take a look at the dispute, as it played out on Social Media. As I went through post after post, about the topic and the negotiations, one thing was VERY clear; while both sides were active in it, neither side used Social Media to their advantage.

Advantage: No One.

On the government side, Social Media was, as it is with most government operated Social Media content, all about the spin. From the Ministry of Educations view on the dispute to their $335,000 Social Media ad campaign (this is where those in the Social Media industry spit out their morning coffee)...

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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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CyberBully Legislation is a Bad Idea

OK. I know that you are reading this headline and saying “What!?! Has he lost his mind!?!” I suppose I should clarify.

I think that applying consequence to those who Cyber-Bully, especially those who are relentless and unrepentant in their efforts to bully people online, is a good idea. What I don’t agree with is how governments approach the Cyber-Bullying issue. Looking at the recent Legislation put forward in Nova Scotia and the plans that the Canadian Federal Government has announced that they are moving forward with, I am concerned that they are focused on punishment being the answer, rather than addressing the need for education and better monitoring.

Nova Scotia’s Legislation

Following the death of Rehtaeh Parsons, earlier this ...

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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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