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Virtual Social Networks - tech-ed-workshops


Are You My Friend? A look at Virtual Social Networks

Presenter: Rebecca Johnston Room #: 103

Date: 3/27/2007 @ 1:15:00 PM - 3:30:00 PM

Category: Hands-on Computer Lab

Theme: NICE - New, Inspiring, Creative & Educational

Sub Theme: Digital Media & Resources: Harnessing The Power



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Organization: Redlands East Valley High School

Description: MySpace has overtaken Google search as the most visited site in the US Explore the potential, reality and problems of social network sites such as MySpace, Friendster and Facebook.

Abstract: Where do students hang-out these days? They are not at the mall, the hot public meeting place is on-line. The question is: is there is a place in education for these virtual communities? This session will present a detailed exploration of several “social network sites” frequented by “young adults, teens and tweens” with primary focus on MySpace. The pros, cons, possibilities and potential presented to educators by this communication medium will be discussed. The first half of the session will be a multimedia presentation exploring several online social communities with emphasis on the number and type of users, and the focus and features of each site. Discussion will include the role and culture of these virtual communities as digital public meeting spaces. Internet safety issues will be addresses. A handout will be included with a bibliography/webliography of references and resources as well as how-to instructions for accessing several sites. The second half of the session will be a hands-on exploration of MySpace. Participants will create their own “Profile” and explore the world of friends, blogs, groups, and forums. A digital camera will be available for use by participants. Explore online culture and virtual communities with an experienced guide!

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