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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Social Media and Eduction...Yeah, What?

     When I personally think about education and social media I put them in completely different categories, but when really thinking about it, they are collaborating and it now seems like social media plays a huge role in education. Who would have thought to see the day, right? It almost seems that educators were smart when collaborating the two, for the people getting educated (mostly college aged peoples) are absolutely ADDICTED to the World Wide Web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest you name it people spend nearly 5 hours, FIVE HOURS, minimum on these sites PER DAY. So what else to do than make it so they see educational articles or since everyone is already 24/7 connected to the Internet, why not teach by having them watching videos? I can tell you first hand, just the fact of being able to watch a lecture (that is not completely boring) in the comfort of my bedroom sounds way more appealing to me that going and sitting in and hour and a half lecture, and to be honest I will be more likely to pay more attention.
     It's really convenient for teachers to send homework assignments via Internet for the iGeneration anyway. Like I have strongly approached in my blog posts, the Internet is a huge part of communicating modernly and just collaborating education makes that fact alone even more real. It's not only our present but communicating in all aspects, whether it be socially, academically, shopping, or anything else you could possibly think of, it is our future. The world is changing, and people are becoming smarter in making their point, in educating, more accessible to it's audience. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Social Media and Business' Yay or Nay?

   After reading a weekly module my social media class had given I really thought about the articles and videos provided. I thought about just how many of my favorite company's I have "LIKED" on Facebook, or followed on Twitter. I realized I had many and also the impact they have on how much I really like them. For example Dutch Brothers, a local and very popular drive thru coffee shop (In Redding and Chico, if you're in the are I strongly advise you to CHECK THEM OUT THEY'RE AMAZING, get the chai tea latte...yum) and I have "LIKED" their page which almost DAILY gives out special offers for drinks half off, or other great amazing deals. Because of their page and offers I find myself going much more often than usual. The other companies I am really fond of also give out deals and little quotes of the day that I personally find amazing and actually make me like the company more.
      Without social media company's have to rely on magazine ads or commercials to get their specials out, but they cannot make a new commercial everyday....therefore social media is a great way, that I have found myself, to interact with their costumers on a daily basis. Even posting an update about something not having to do with that particular company and about something going on in the world is something that I find smart. I think that the more a company interacts with their buyers, the more buying they're going to receive. It's very positive when one of my favorite company's posts, "Have a great day Target people!" and honestly makes me have a positive attitude towards a company that can take the time to care about their customers. It's an extremely simple, easy, and effective way of marketing.