20 Surprising Social Media Stats for 2012

Social media has been seeing quite the boom in terms of, well, every aspect of your life. But just how many people are actually using LinkedIn? How many blogs are there? Who uses Google+ and why? A new infographic spells it all out in a fun scrolling visualization!

Social Media and Social Change

Thanks to social media, individuals and organizations have been empowered to advance social change in areas like education like never before. This infographic describes how companies like Kickstarter, DonorsChoose, and others are helping people raise millions for great causes.

Social Media & Social Change
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A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media

This infographic compiled by OnlineColleges.net shares some of the many ways educators have incorporated social media into the classroom.

A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media

The following previously posted infographics related to social media might also be of interest:

Social Media for Educators: Strategies and Best Practices

Book Cover - Social Media for Educators: Strategies and Best PracticesI was really excited to learn nearly a year ago that Tanya Joosten was working on a new book on social media for educators. When the book availability was announced, I went out that same day and purchased it on Kindle but had to put off reading it until I finished a few other pressing projects. While on my flight to BbWorld 2012 I finally read through the entire book and must admit it is the book I wish I would’ve written on the topic.

The author does a fantastic job in the book of laying a rationale and foundation for incorporating social media into teaching and learning, then shares best practices for selecting the right tool for an intended learning outcome. Strategies for assessing and documenting the effectiveness of using these tools are also shared.

Even though the book is focused on higher education, the tools and techniques can be easily generalized for K–12 classrooms or organizational learn­ing. The best practices and faculty development tips can be informative for individuals involved in any kind of professional development or network-building.

This book is a must-read for any educator who is considering incorporating social media into their teaching. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the educational opportunities that social media affords.

For those who teach education or social media courses, you should take a closer look at Tanya’s book as a possible course text. You can request an evaluation copy or purchase a copy on Amazon.

To connect with Tanya, you can find her at tanyajoosten.com or follow on Twitter @tjoosten.