Monday, September 14, 2009

Social Media is BIGGER than you think? Are educators lagging behind?

This fantastic blog post and associated YouTube video embeded below really made me think about how marketers and business people view the fundamental shift in how the Internet is being used. The read/write web of Web 2.0 and the social media phenomenon sweeping our culture is fundamentally transforming how people use the Internet. Smart business people and smart advertisers are taking notice and taking action. What are educators doing? Are we using Facebook, Wikipedia, and YouTube in our classes? If not, are we lagging behind?

Watch the video and tell us what you think by leaving a comment below. Are educators lagging behind? Are we taking action? Is it the right type of action?


Anonymous said...

Very interesting if the stats are true my career in social media just got way more exciting :-D

Leo said...

Yes, educators are lagging behind, but not those who realize there is this trend, but by those who don't. Doing well in rote-style university courses is all about the student being able to adapt to the ways of the last generation -- chalkboards, overheads, being able to write as fast as the prof is while trying to listen, getting missed information from fellow students and asking the prof questions in person (requires physically walking somewhere) in the 1-2 hours of office hours they have/week