Go beyond skills and technologies, what does social media need to explore?

Through reading the article “Attention, and Other 21st-Century Social Media Literacies,” I realize the importance of social media literacies. As internet and social media has been in common usage in students’s everyday life, many students even stare their computers and cellphones instead of making eye contact with their teachers. In order to foster students pay their attention to the right place rather than freedom direction,  students should be taught where to put their attention, and  how to pay attention to what they’re doing. Attention is the fundamental element of social media literacies.

When students can control their attention on the right place, participating in various social media is a good start. Through collaboration, technologies and techniques allow people to obtain more power to help others who need assistance even they are thousand miles away.

Network have vastly expanded the number and the variety of the people we can contact (Rheingold, 2010). However, expansion also means decision. We have to decide which people are allowed into our attention, and who is trustworthy, which is called “Critical Consumption.”

As social media technologies and literacies will shape the cognitive, social, and cultural environments of the 21st century (Rheingold, 2010), the traditional way of education must be changed. With the population of open resource education, educators need to explore the interconnected social media literacies of attention, participation, cooperation, network awareness, and critical consumption, so that they can provides effective help for students in this digital era.

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Here is the article address:http://er.educause.edu/articles/2010/10/attention-and-other-21stcentury-social-media-literacies

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