Social media, and its impact on our culture, couldn’t be a hotter topic right now. Indeed, most of the books I found in EDUCAT, our online monograph catalog, were published in the years 2011 and 2010, though of course interest in social media extends far before “now.” Those who chime in on the topic of social media hail from multiple disciplines and include: educational aspects of social media and how (and whether) to use it in the classroom, general pop-culture usage, print culture aspects and the changing publishing landscape, creativity and art aspects, political and revolutionary uses, and connectivity and community possibilities, among a variety of other angles. The question of whether and how to use social media affects most of us, considering even the lightest of social media users tend to be on Facebook if not also on WordPress and Tumblr and Twitter and Instagram and Pinterest (guilty!). How has social media impacted us in our daily lives, in our classrooms, and in work settings, and how can we best harness its positive aspects while remaining wary of its possible harms?
The below books, all available at the Teachers College Gottesman Libraries, offer a starting point for thinking about these issues. They’re loosely grouped by discipline.
Cutting-edge social media approaches to business education : teaching with LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Second Life, and blogs / edited by Charles Wankel ; in collaboration with Matthew Marovich and Jurate Stanaityte
The socially networked classroom : teaching in the new media age / William Kist ; foreword by Kylene Beers