Using the Internet and Social Media to Enhance Social-Emotional Learning

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User Generated Education

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The news media is filled with horror stories about young people and the Internet, but what is often overlooked and not reported are the benefits that technology, the Internet, and Social media have in building and enhancing social-emotional skills.

Young people are doing what they have always done as part of their journey into adulthood, including socializing with peers, investigating the world, trying on identities and establishing independence, but now they are just doing so using the Internet and social media (Seeing Social Media More as Portal Than as Pitfall).

In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media issued a clinical report, “The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents and Families.” It began by emphasizing the benefits of social media for children and adolescents, including enhanced communication skills and opportunities for social connections.  (Seeing Social Media More as Portal Than…

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The photo saved…

The photo saved our daughter! In less than an hour, the photo was everywhere…You were more than thousands of people who shared the photo of this woman on social media. … Know that it was this that saved her, our little Victoria. Every click, every share made the difference,” McMahon wrote in a message thanking people for their support

Found this article from my Facebook feed. The power of people behind the tool! 

Proper Law Distribution

While reading Shirky’s chapter 5, I’m interested with the power law distribution that he discussed. Power law distribution, which is also known as Pareto Distribution and 80-20 rule is a common rule of thumb and portrays the general patterns in social media. 

An example of power law distribution:

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Source: http://www.annouckwelhuis.nl/twitter-and-the-pareto-principle-2/ 

Figure 1 showed that 84% of the tweets come from 20% of the users account (80-20 rule). The 20% towards the left are the few that dominate and far more active than average. 

Although the distribution obviously showed an imbalance pattern, Shirky stated that this imbalance drives large social systems rather than damaging them. He further gave an interesting fact that fewer than 2% of Wikipedia users ever contribute, yet that is enough to create profound value for millions of users! 

So, are you the 20% or 80% of the social media users?