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Being Smart at Social Media

Students engaged in learning about how to be smart using social media.

Students engaged in learning about how to be smart using social media.

The 9th and 10th grade Retail Marketing & Sales students at DCTS were following every word spoken by Monica Helt, Admissions H.S. Rep for McCann School of Business & Technology. Follow, like, hashtag…these buzz words, according to statistics, are over used thanks to social media.

The purpose of the presentation is to educate students on how social media can impact their lives beyond high school. I highly recommend inviting Monica to your classroom and here is why:

The presentation began with introductions:

  • Name
  • Sending school
  • Grade
  • What do you want to do after you graduate?

Monica surveyed the students’ thoughts about their use/knowledge of:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • Vine
  • Snap chat

The presentation highlighted facts we didn’t know:

  • FB is the number 1 social media outlet with 1.15 billion users
  • Twitter 500 million
  • Linked In 238 million
  • Pinterest 70 million
  • FB bought Instagram one year ago for $1 billion. Instagram was created to capture the essence of Polaroid cameras. Vine was created by Twitter because they lost the bidding war to FB
  • YouTube – Janet Jackson…Three guys created YT because they could not find video of JJ during Super Bowl half time show

My favorite part: Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake needs no explanation.


One of the many informative slides from the presentation.

Students be aware. The message is clear:

  • Ask yourselves – How safe do you feel online?
  • The stats are alarming — employers use social media to evaluate job candidates
  • Social recruiting is essential to HR practice

Based on the students’ feedback (via writing assignment), Monica was their favorite presenter. I believe that the students related to Monica on several levels – she did an outstanding job connecting with them and involving them in the presentation. Students admitted to learning  that they need to be wary of what is placed in their status updates, photos, and so on. Furthermore, according to recent news reports, digital citizenship and the impact of social media (positive and negative) will soon be incorporated in the PA Academic standards…Now that’s an idea to “like”.