Tag Archives: Social Media

Using social media in the classroom: Why there’s a lot to like

Using social media in the classroom: Why there’s a lot to like

Are your students constantly updating their statuses on Facebook? Uploading selfies to Instagram at inappropriate times? Refreshing their Twitter feed every five seconds? Chances are the answer is “yes,” and if you’re like the majority of teachers, you find it mildly annoying at best, or a serious impediment to learning at worst. Thankfully, it doesn’t […] … learn more→

A gay old time? Social media lessons from Russia

A gay old time? Social media lessons from Russia

As the Winter Olympics in Sochi draw to a close, a brief survey of trending topics across social media and international press reveal some entertaining and frightening contradictions on the slippery slopes of privacy, politics and disruptive sexuality. The ramifications of challenging the established order are evident in brutal images of gay men beaten by […] … learn more→

Can you Tweet your way to your next job?

Can you Tweet your way to your next job?

How much can you say in 140 characters? A lot — and often. Just ask the millions of Twitter users worldwide. Companies large and small are aggressively growing their Twitter presence to communicate directly with their customers, partners, investors, employees and potential candidates. In response, professionals are creating profiles that showcase their expertise, opinions and […] … learn more→

Workers’ strikes and Facebook likes

Workers’ strikes and Facebook likes

25 January 2011 was the day Egypt’s revolt began. People flooded the streets of cities across the country, calling for an end to the Mubarak regime. Two days later – in a moment unprecedented in history – the government turned off Egypt’s internet, in the hope of quelling massive civil unrest. It didn’t work. Two […] … learn more→

It's 3am. Do you know what's happening with your Social Media?

It’s 3am. Do you know what’s happening with your Social Media?

It generally starts with a statement and then ends with a question. The statement is usually framed as: “Social media is/are a 24/7 concern.” The question that follows said statement has consistently been: “What do we do about that?” There’s a fascinating fear of social media that is ingrained in a lot of student affairs […] … learn more→

RIOT gear: your online trail just got way more visible

RIOT gear: your online trail just got way more visible

The recent publication of a leaked video demonstrating American security firm Raytheon’s social media mining tool RIOT (Rapid Information Overlay Technology) has rightly incensed individuals and online privacy groups. In a nutshell, RIOT – already shared with US government and industry as part of a joint research and development effort in 2010 – uses social […] … learn more→

 Being a good colleague with social media

Being a good colleague with social media

Social media is often stereotyped as a frivolous, navel-gazing enterprise, and completely antithetical to the deep thinking and thoughtful questioning of academia. However, most gradhackers know that academia and social media are not at all incompatible. Used well, social media can be a vibrant and fruitful space for networking, exchanging ideas, and–dare I say it–building […] … learn more→

Social media, parenting, and remembering

Social media, parenting, and remembering

“Mom, take a video of me and put it up on Facebook!” My five-year-old daughter is a (relative) wiz with technology. She was using my iPhone with ease before she was even 18 months old, playing memory games, shape puzzles, and phonic lessons. Both she and her younger brother have our old iPhones for when […] … learn more→

Twitter controversies

Twitter controversies

When I first signed on to Twitter and started to get the hang of it, I was like I had finally found the community I had been looking for all along. I found educators who shared my values, academics who challenged me without condescending to me, and a support system I had never really had […] … learn more→

What happens when you like a Facebook page

What happens when you like a Facebook page

On January 16th at 9:06 AM, I liked the University of Phoenix Facebook Page. Because of my consulting practice, it makes sense for me to like a wide variety of higher-education-related pages on Facebook. Universities and colleges that I have worked with are in my list of likes as well as several other well-known schools […] … learn more→