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Students & Social Networking

danah boyd presents at  "Meeting of the Minds: Youth, Social Media and Education"

Danah Boyd presents at "Meeting of the Minds: Youth, Social Media and Education"

VIDEO: What is really going on with youth and social media? Are there benefits—educational and life-long—to young people’s use of social media? Find out in this discussion featuring danah boyd, social media researcher and guru, and a panel of experts, as they discuss how social media, technology, and education interact and enhance learning both in and out of the classroom. Reactor panel:

  • Barry Joseph, Director Online Leadership Program, Global Kids
  • Jessica Hochman, Assistant Professor, LMS, Coordinator, Pratt School of Library and Information Science
  • Linda W. Braun, Educational Technology Consultant, Adjunct Faculty, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science
  • Program Facilitator: Jack Martin, Assistant Director of Public Programs / Lifelong Learning, The New York Public Library


People have been social networking forever: face-to-face book discussions are a form of social networking. The web expands how social networking takes place and gives everyone a chance to talk with people online as well as face-to-face. Social Networking is more than Facebook and MySpace. The phrase refers to everything from a site like Good Reads, where people keep track of, vote on, and discuss books they’ve read, to sites like Voice Thread, where you can post narrated slide shows and invite others to comment. Teens and tweens use social networking in a variety of ways including:

  • Sites like MySpace and Facebook provide a one-stop shop for keeping up with friends and maintaining relationships. Students can easily email their friends in these environments and talk about topics of mutual interest. They also get to create their own space on the web, with content just right for their particular mood or purpose. Their spaces are easily changeable and updated.
  • Sites like Animoto for making videos, and Word Press for creating blogs, provide opportunities for tweens and teens to create and collaborate. They get to make movies and write content that friends and family members around the world can read and discuss.
  • Sites like iGoogle and Netvibes give tweens and teens the chance to create their own starting place where they can add the content in which they are most interested, and that they need to access on a regular basis. They can let their friends know about their favorite resources easily through these sites.