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Social media and technology in the classroom: Yay or nay?

Soon the days of the teachers telling college students “Put away your phones” will be gone (if they haven’t already done so). Or so some educators think, as social media is permeating the college classroom.

Find out how social media in the classroom can be beneficial. (Credit: Brianna Crowley)

Find out how social media in the classroom can be beneficial. (Credit: Brianna Crowley)

Teachers and professors are embracing social networking and technology in the classroom to improve academics and connect with students. Both students and teachers can combine technology and education to improve learning. Read more

The college admission process: 3 trends you should know

The college admission process can be a crazy and scary time—after all, you are basically using the next four years of your life to decide the rest of your life. Not to freak you out or anything … I know that the ins and outs of applying have changed.

Have you heard the latest college admission trends? (Credit: Beth Segal)

Have you heard the latest college admission trends? (Credit: Beth Segal)

I’ve done some digging to find the three emerging trends that coming applicants may see when it comes to personalized learning, specialized degrees and the role of social media in their college experience. Read more

Campus activism and student protests: Where social media plays a role

The recent protests at the University of Missouri and the ousting of that college’s president seems to have ignited a new wave of student protests and campus activism that is spreading. And if you think student protests are something only hippies did in the 1960s, let me tell you how wrong you are.

A new wave of student protests has escalated due to social media. (Credit: Tyler Adkisson Kbia)

A new wave of student protests has escalated due to social media. (Credit: Tyler Adkisson Kbia)

Students at Amherst College, Brown University, Claremont McKenna College, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Emory University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Ithaca College, Oberlin College, Occidental College, Purdue University, Swathmore College and Willamette University have all begun to speak out on racial issues and asking for social reforms. And social media has been playing a huge role in their efforts. Read more

You ask, we answer: Social media overload help!

Hi J,

My roommate/friend thinks it’s okay to post crappy pictures of me on social media. Except it’s not. I’m tired of seeing shitty images of me having fun or just lounging around end up on Facebook or Instagram. I mean really? Why the hell does she need to post EVERYTHING? I mean sure some of them are funny, but I’m getting really tired of it. Plus I don’t want my family (who I am FB friends with) seeing all the pictures on social media.

Make it stopppp,

Amanda M.

Hi Amanda,

I get it. It sucks to have images on social media where absolutely everyone can see them and on top of that they can save and use. Read more

What college students need to know about cyber security and social media

As a college student who’s used to using social media every day you may think that you know it all about being online. But there are a few things that many college students might not know. Top of the list is Internet privacy and the dangers of cyber attacks.

Learn how to protect yourself from cyber attacks. (Credit: Troll.me)

Learn how to protect yourself from cyber attacks. (Credit: Troll.me)

This issue is so important that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsors Cyber Security Awareness Month every October. Let’s look at a few of the things to think about when it comes to your online safety. Read more

College students: Learn how to use LinkedIn to get a job

If you’re like me, you probably spend way too much time using social media. Instead of posting pictures of yourself taking jello shots, how about learning how to use LinkedIn to help you get a job after graduation?

Find out why college students need a LinkedIn account. (Credit: Careerizm.com)

Find out why college students need a LinkedIn account. (Credit: Careerizm.com)

Of all the life hacks you can develop some of the best life hacks involve learning how to network and make the kind of contacts that can help you in your career. Here are few ideas on how LinkedIn can get you on the road to success and why you should be using it now. Read more

How to bust the rumor mill and detect a lie

Did you hear the story of the college student who drank too much at a party and woke up in a bathtub without his kidney? Is it true? College students encounter all sorts of rumors and stories that spread on campus. The Internet and social media have added to the power of the rumor mill.

Find out here how to detect what is or is not a rumor. (Credit: The Adult Side of Disney)

Find out here how to detect what is or is not a rumor. (Credit: The Adult Side of Disney)

Now is a good time to learn how to research the stories, rumors, viral content and news broadcasts. It’s time to bolster your “BS meter” so that you’re not scammed. Here’s a brief guide on how to bust the rumor mill. Read more

Be prepared, employers view your social media websites

Social media is supposed to be fun, right? I like to post pictures of me and my friends having fun together doing crazy things. What’s the harm in that? Turns out a lot… if you plan to ever apply for a job someday. More and more employers are Googling you to see what kind of person you are on your social media websites.

Be sure to present yourself in a positive light on social media. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

Be sure to present yourself in a positive light on social media. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

They’re checking your Facebook pages, doing a LinkedIn search on you and reading your Twitter feed. What you put on social media will affect your job search. Read more

How to use different social media platforms to build your professional network

I know that it’s hard to believe that social media is good for things besides watching Kanye make a fool of himself at the Grammys…again.

There are many routes you can take in social media to build your professional network. (Credit: Anne Helmond)

There are many routes you can take in social media to build your professional network. (Credit: Anne Helmond)

However, if you’re interested in learning how to use different social media platforms to build an online presence (one you can be proud of) and grow your professional network, you’ll want to read on. Read more

Trending worldwide: March in Paris, historic event for French

The attacks on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which posted images of Islamic extremists in its newspaper January 7, 2015, have sparked support and is trending worldwide as millions marched in Paris at a historic event for the French, January 11, 2015.

People hold signs and the French flag as they gather at the Place de la Nation during the Unity rally Marche Republicaine on January 11, 2015 in Paris. (Credit:  Martin Bureau)

People hold signs and the French flag as they gather at the Place de la Nation during the Unity rally Marche Republicaine on January 11, 2015 in Paris. (Credit: Martin Bureau)

Here are the facts of what’s happening so far and how you can follow along via social media sites to keep up on the latest. Read more