The world of social media interests me in the way it is ever evolving; the continuous changes and additions to social media tools, what the purpose of all of these tools are, how we recognize them and in turn access them. Who uses them and how? And most importantly, are these social media tools being utilized effectively and appropriately?
Social media in how it relates to business. Super cool. From seeing first hand in my previous career of how social media has grown in the work place and business community as a whole the past decade is absolutely astounding. Businesses (old and new) rely on social media as much as they rely on their employees. It is this reliance that interests me and digging around in social media’s backyard this term has given me some added perspective in what I can expect when I re-join the working masses in a few short months.
Social media in how it relates to education. HOT topic. How it is used inside the classroom and outside for learning purposes. Social media is so integrated into our society at every turn; it only makes sense the education system be yet another branch of the social media tree of life. Students, faculty, administration, programs, course content, communication and the knowledge itself in how social media can affect this joint venture to help in producing intelligent, well informed and a socially savvy online population of new professionals who will hit the ground running after graduation. From elementary school to high school and post-secondary, social media in education in not only necessary to discuss it is imperative to teach at all levels.
I will graduate in less than 1year and I believe that social media will not change drastically in this short span of time. New social media tools will continue to emerge and new social media fads will continue to take hold of the younger generation.
I do believe that social media in the next year for businesses will continue to be an integral part of the business blueprint for any company who want to be ‘seen’, to be recognized and to stay competitive in whatever market or industry they are a part of.
Social media changes the role of student / teacher by providing auxiliary communication, giving students access to teachers 24hrs a day by way of direct emails, chats, online assignment submission, discussion groups…I feel this puts teacher and student on a level playing field so to speak. A field where a student isn’t waiting to be acknowledged in some capacity, waiting for an opportunity to ask questions or address concerns, waiting for answers when time is as important to the student as it is to the teacher. It creates respect and understanding between student and teacher when there is open communication and social media provides the outlet for just that. Social media used in this capacity between student and teacher can be empowering for all involved.
Social media is as interesting as we make it. As with anything in life, if you are passionate, informed and involved, you will be successful. Social media can be a huge part of your success in business, education or personal life. We dictate how much of a part social media will involved these aspects of our lives.
As much as we think (or want) social media to be it’s own entity, don’t let it fool you.
We control IT, we are responsible for IT and all outcomes of IT.
Not the other way around.