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Thursday, January 31 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
#Hashtags in the Academy: Engaging Students with Social Media

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What is the role of social media in the high school and undergraduate classroom? Is it possible to engage students with Web 2.0 tools in ways that meaningfully support learning? Talk to other educators to share strategies, successes, and failures. If you aren’t using social media to teach, what would make you start? We’ll start with some data about what social media is being used by “kids these days” and move on to a discussion about what’s worked and what hasn’t in the classroom. We’ll also discuss the importance of social media for our students, in and out of the classroom, and looking forward to their professional lives.


  • Do you use social media to engage with your students?

  • What was your biggest social media success in the classroom? Failure?

  • To what extent should social media be embedded in curriculum? Or used to supplement the curriculum?

  • Are some social media tools more academic than others?

  • How can we help students navigate their personal vs. academic / professional personas?

  • How important is social media to our students’ future? As they consider jobs and/or graduate school?

  • How does social media advance the content of the courses?

  • Does social media improve the efficiency of communication?

Thursday January 31, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

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