As news of the devastating earthquake continues to come out I find myself
pondering the role of Social Media in so much of our lives. Not so long
ago, our only source of what had happened would have come from traditional
print media – the daily paper or perhaps the weekly news magazine. Even
sources like CNN might have only had some basic information while they got the
right people in place to let us know what was going on. But last week the
earthquake happened and almost instantly the world was finding out about
The information was coming directly from people there.
Immediate. Instantaneous. It
is the power of the social media that I find amazing. Survivors tweet
“I’m alive.” Families search for loved ones through Facebook. A
donation to a charity can be texted from a phone. It not only makes us
aware, it makes it personal.
can talk about social media in learning, but really isn’t it almost all about
learning something? Immediate. Instantaneous. Relevant.
Learning about events far away and their impacts at home. Learning about
how you can make a difference. And perhaps that is the power that we are
only starting to explore.
By: Stephanie Pyle