This is the most recent in the series of "Welcome to the Social Media Revolution" videos. Each year, a new update of stats and figures, but there is something constant through all of them. Social Media is not going anywhere.
In fact, it keeps growing.
If it not going away, "Is it too late to join?" That has been a constant question that is asked of me by many of my peers. The more common question is, "Why do I need to care about this?"
I work in a field that engages college students in a wide variety of arenas, all for the common purpose of assisting in their identity development and successes through college and onto life. The main reason I do what I do is because nothing gives me more happiness than to see another individual be ignited with a fire to do something with their life. I too have had the fire ignited, and even reignited. A few years ago, I was introduced to not only Twitter, but an exceptional reason for using Twitter. Ever since then, I have continually been inspired by the work of @EricStoller, @EdCabellon, @JoeSabado @Kristendom, @LauraPasquini, and so many others of my twitter network that are doing continual work to bring in and master the use of technology (which is more than just social media) into the area of Higher Education.
So here I am, what is it that I do?
I continue to work with students to assist in creating a fire inside them. Part of it includes creating those avenues to reach out to me. Another part is I also work to share this understanding with other professionals that technology is not meant to create more barriers, but to open up and remove barriers. It is meant to unlock new resources and ways of connecting to others. To create a identity that would have otherwise been shared with only those you had the privilege to meet in person. To gain access to resources that you would have otherwise found by locating the local library. To meet people that you otherwise would not have known existed in the world. Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication are at an all time high with the development of these technologies. Why hold that back from a generation that is quite possibly the most expressive and creative?
What is stopping you from using these tools? Why is technology being misunderstood? How do we create more of this necessary change?
Do you want to join the conversation? Do you want at least an avenue for resources to help you become engaged with technology? Follow anyone above, and also follow the hashtag: #satech
Finally, feel free to contact me! Thank you for reading!!