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"How the Internet is like a Small Town"
...Twitter is coffee shop of the world... the whole world can now know about the good or bad thing you did just like it's always happened at the small town coffee shop.

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Kids and Social Media... the good stuff...

I had the true pleasure of presenting to 40 or so High School students at Erie High School in Erie, Ks yesterday. The students are part of a program at Erie High School called PLP (Personalized Learning Plan)... all students in America should have access to learning programs like that... but that's a different post.

The presentation was on Social Media, Internet Etiquette and using digital communications as a tool...

It was a pretty unique experience as all the students brought their laptops and were logged on to Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr... in the school ... on the school's wifi .... no... really. They stayed logged in, the teachers were logged in and browsing and everyone was discussing and learning (mainly me probably) and discussing... and discussing...

We went through what not to do... they all knew it already... but it was fun and meaningful to discuss it as a group. We talked about why people do silly, or even downright stupid things on Social Media... kinda became a human psychology discussion, again... maybe more fun for me than them... maybe more informational for me than them... but they interacted, they discussed...

We went through how social media can be a tool to make progress towards your goals and dreams... again they all got it before I showed up... but the discussion was awesome...

I see people... business people... smart freakin' people... talk about how the internet and video games and Facebook are ruining a younger generation... if those people are still in business when these kids from Erie High School hit the business world... the kids from Erie are kick the naysayers asses.

Link to student newspaper article about PLP... if you want to hear more about it.


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