Two Social Media Proposals

“Training the Twitterati” (blogs for medical students)

http://bit.ly/wO7uR0

…the [private] blog will be a space for reflection. The students can talk about powerful clinical experiences, which might encourage introspection and sharing by other students and faculty, and form a support network of helping relationships.

“They can talk about their experience with real patients, the process of learning,” she said. “Along the way, they will learn the parameters of what they should or should not talk about in this kind of public forum.”

Doesn’t this sound like what we’ve discussed for student teachers in terms of blogging about their experiences and learning to navigate professionalism on social media platforms? Could it also be applied to popular graduate programs like counseling?

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“High Schools Need to Use Social Media to Spur STEM Engagement”

http://bit.ly/HGcsNu

Imagine a scenario in which students from different school districts across the country are competing on Twitter to see who can build the best cardboard boat. It is only a matter of time before someone tweets to the U.S. Navy or a shipbuilder asking for design help. Perhaps a struggling student who is not interested in science is then E-mailed by a Navy engineer about his/her project. This may spark the interest necessary to keep that student involved in STEM subjects throughout high school and into college.

What about this idea? Can social media lead to a competition without borders and more interest in science, math, engineering, and technology, fields in which researchers are working feverishly to create the first, the fastest, the smallest, or the cheapest Next Big Thing?

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