How Students Can Use Social Media To Actually Learn Real World Skills


Owing to the present difficult economic situation, financial literacy has turned out to be one of the hottest topics of discussion in the media. Being economically savvy is extremely important for making the type of smart money decisions, that’s essential for having a good standard of living.

Your college years must be the years of gaining knowledge, but nobody is truly conscious of the significance of financial literacy. Emineo-Media-Social-Media-and-Students

A majority of the college students feel that their institution didn’t really train them for the “real world”. They believe that their college might have provided them with formal teachings, but didn’t really introduce them to the real world skills.

With no real work experience and no savings, a number of students are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Hence, financial education is something that’s extremely important in every student’s life.

When it comes to financial education, social media plays an important role. Lots of students use social networking to remain in touch with their family and friends. As an administrator, instructor, or parent, you can communicate effectively with students via Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and YouTube.

According to a study conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute, a majority of the first year undergraduates spend time on social networking websites. Again, a lot of colleges and universities have begun using Facebook and Twitter in the classroom. If students are utilizing an online medium such as Twitter and Facebook to share their thoughts, they might be more interested in joining discussions in the classroom.

Social networking sites are also an affordable means to communicate news to both students and alumni. Once you start remaining advanced with the technology that students use on a day to day basis, it’ll help you be more effectual with your ideas, alumni dealings and campus outreach.

Using Twitter or Facebook

Look for friends – Get in touch with other schools, students, administrators, and professors who are using social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter.

Share information – Inform students about forthcoming occasions, campus news and useful resources. You may also share information with other staffs.

Use in classroom – Lots of schools are encouraging Facebook and Twitter participation in their classroom, since this is a simple way for students to take part in lecture halls or outdoor class.

Place questions – Use the platform provided by Facebook and Twitter to raise questions and initiate a conversation.

YouTube in the classroom

In contrast to accepted belief, educational and interesting YouTube videos do exist. A website has been created by The National Endowment for Financial Education where users may submit comments or videos about goods they previously purchased but never used.

Instances of videos include an obsession to buying the latest cell phone, spending $10,000 per year on a diet coke habit, or purchasing an old-fashioned costume and regretting it later

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Learning Tools Over The Years: Social Media in the Classroom

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When was the last time you put your hands on a tape recorder? How about a slide projector or an overhead projector? Unless you’re stuck in some type of time warp, it’s probably been a while. In this age of technology, which allows us to do just about everything on our smartphones or online — from online shopping to online learning — these tools may seem like they’re from eons ago. Yet, it’s our youngest generation who is, more than likely, all too familiar with them. Teachers, because of lack of funds, are reporting that they’re still using these outdated instruments in the classroom. Yet, they’re still tapping into modern tools like Facebook, YouTube and podcasts to connect with their students. Take a look at how educational tools have evolved over the years.

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Facebook Buys Instagram for $1 Billion

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Facebook is not waiting for its initial public offering to make its first big purchase.

In its largest acquisition to date, the social network has purchased Instagram, the popular photo-sharing application, for about $1 billion in cash and stock, the company Emineo Media instagram_logosaid Monday.

It’s a notable move for Facebook, which has exclusively focused on bite-size acquisitions, worth less than $100 million.

With Instagram, Facebook will get a formidable mobile player – an area that is seen as a weakness for the sprawling social network. Founded two years ago, the service — which lets users share photos and apply stylized filters – has become one of the most downloaded applications on the iPhone, with some 30 million users. Instagram released a version of its application for Google’s Android operating system last week.

On Monday, both companies expressed their commitment to run Instagram as an independent service.

Pool photo by Yuriko NakaoMark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, which is expected to go public next month.

In a post on his profile page, Facebook’s chief Mark Zuckerberg said Instagram would continue to work with rival social networks. That will allow users to post on other services, follow users outside of Facebook, and to opt out of sharing on Facebook.

“For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family,” Mr. Zuckerberg wrote. “Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.”

In a separate blog post on Instagram’s Web site, the company’s chief executive, Kevin Systrom, also reiterated plans to preserve the service’s functionality and said he looked forward to leveraging the new parent company’s resources and talent.

The announcement comes as Facebook prepares for its highly anticipated initial public offering, widely expected to take place next month.

Though Facebook is known for smaller acquisitions, Instagram’s surging momentum likely compelled the social network to swiftly put together a billion-dollar offer. Last week, Instagram, which has just a handful of employees, closed a financing round worth more than $50 million with several prominent investors, including Sequoia Capital, an early backer of Google, Thrive Capital, the firm run by Joshua Kushner, and Greylock Capital, an early investor of LinkedIn. AllThingsD first reported last week that Sequoia was in the process of leading a $50 million round in Instagram.

That latest funding round valued Instagram at about $500 million, according to one person with knowledge of the matter, who requested anonymity because discussions were private. Facebook’s purchase, one week later, means that investment has now doubled in value.

The deal is expected to close later this quarter, according to Facebook’s statement.

Here is the news release from Facebook:

“Facebook announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire Instagram, a fun, popular photo-sharing app for mobile devices.

“The total consideration for San Francisco-based Instagram is approximately $1 billion in a combination of cash and shares of Facebook. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close later this quarter.”

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive of Facebook, posted about the transaction on his Facebook page:

“I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.

“For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

“We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

“That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.

“We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.

“These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram’s experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.

“This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.

“We’re looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we’re going to be able to build together.”

Source NYtimes