I believe just like Clay Shirky, that social media is changing the world. With technology rising by the day, social media is as well. There are more tweets and Facebook posts by the day so it would only make sense to take advantage of this social media instead of ignoring it.
Personally, I like social media for the reason that it allows me to connect with others virtually and see what everyone’s up to in their lives. I also like the fact that in the speed of light, something important can go viral. For example, Clay Shirky gave the example of the earthquake that happened which forced change in China. A few months ago there was a huge fire back home and I actually knew about it before it was on the news simply because of Twitter. Social media is very beneficial because it not only allows you to connect with people but allows you to know things very quickly. But just like there are pros to social media, there are also many cons like cyber bullying and people posting negative things about you on the Internet. (Warning the trailer may be a but scary)
Now although that was a bit extreme, I do think that the trailer shows social media can really affect someone to the point of suicide. I think this is a great point to bring up in the classroom as well because it is important to address the issues that arise with social media to kids. Besides addressing issues to kids, I think social media can have a positive impact in the classroom because it allows kids to connect with each other and the teacher in a whole other way. I was having a difficult time coming up with examples on how to use it in the class so I researched and came upon this blog that shows 100 ways to use social media in the classroom titled : 100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media In the Classroom.
Overall, as I said earlier, social media is rising by the day and it is important for teachers to incorporate it in the classroom because it a tool that not only affects our students but society as a whole.