Digital and social media offer new and creative ways to conduct, as well as share, research. Capitalising on this is a team of researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow that has developed an enterprising initiative – a website resource for anyone with an interest in using digital media for research, consultation or participation activities with children and young people.
Glasgow is one of the cities hosting Social Media Week (#socialmediaweek), which will take place from 19-23 September 2011. The week will focus on exploring how local and regional societies, cultures and economies are becoming more integrated and empowered through a global network of communication.
Social networking tools - blogs, microblogs, wikis – make it easier than ever to create and share content and enables us to communicate in real time across boundaries and hierarchies. NESTA, LGIU and SOCITIM are among several professional bodies highlighting the potential value of these tools. Unlike desktop computing skills, such as word processing or spreadsheet manipulation, social networking is experiential in nature.
The subject of social media, and how blocks to accessing social networking sites in local authorities is negatively affecting social work practice, is a topical one, and a bit of a hot potato as regards how to, and who is, responsible for tackling it.
IRISS has recently published a report on using social media in social services, which was put together by Focused on Learning, a consultancy and training service specialising in e-learning, web communications and publishing for the public, academic and not-for-profit sectors.
Social networking tools - blogs, microblogs, wikis - make it easier than ever to create and share content and communicate in real time across boundaries and hierarchies. Unlike desktop computing skills, such as word processing, social networking is experiential in nature. You have to try it to understand it and that understanding is cultural rather than procedural.
Social media - the collective term for services such as Facebook, Flickr and Delicious - allow us to gather, store and share knowledge, information and experience.