Edited By Elizabeth J. Meyer and Dennis Carlson
11. Social Media Go Gaga: Mother’s Little Helper for Feeding Her Little Monsters
Social Media Go Gaga
Mother’s Little Helper for Feeding Her Little Monsters
Pamela K. Smith
Students entering schools in the early 21st century come in with much more than just books in their backpacks. They bring cell phones from which they text, check e-mail, search for information on the World Wide Web, take photographs and videos of one another, listen to music, play games, and log into their social-media sites for their favorite friends and contacts. They also bring tablets of various types, and while educators may hope that they open them to view their assigned text material or to do research, they can also be used for a multitude of other purposes, including all of those previously mentioned. Essentially, in this era, technology has expanded the realm of the classroom far beyond the confines of the walls of schools, and opened what is taught, communicated, and learned to far larger realms.
Through Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media sites, students are exposed to dominant notions, ideas, and opinions of what is good, what should be believed, and what is to be done. They also have possibilities for seeing opportunities for resistance to that which has been supported as the dominant ideology of truth throughout their lives. Educators need to see how students make sense of the world around them, and engaging the world of social media is a significant way in which to learn how their ideas of...
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