• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • Finally, you can manage your Google Docs, uploads, and email attachments (plus Dropbox and Slack files) in one convenient place. Claim a free account, and in less than 2 minutes, Dokkio (from the makers of PBworks) can automatically organize your content for you.



Page history last edited by Starr Hoffman 11 years, 8 months ago

Tech-Savvvy Citizenry

new media for public participation, policy deliberation, and social change

July 9, 2009


using keypads for quick polls in powerpoint (Turning Point)

polling questions about familiarity with and interest in various social media

(could shape direction of presentation/discussion)


Facebook use:

  • Canada: 12 million users (largest percentage of users in population per country!)
  • US: 62 millions users


basic description of social media / web 2.0 / user-generated content

"new means of reaching and engaging citizens at scale"

changes the nature of citzens' relationship with institutions

increasingly used by senior citizens


examples of uses of social media:

  • blog for local community: rockvillecentral.com
    • people tend to find Civics boring; added interest with picture of the day, list of events
    • news (comments and reactions to news posts), opinion (encourage opinions from ordinary people)
    • transformed from a blog into almost a virtual local newspaper or community space
  • youtube: the CDC shares a lot of information thru youtube
  • twitter: ability of social media to instantly view/correct information
  • Canadian facebook movement: speakupforchange.com


description of some basic social media: Twitter

uses of social media by the White House


scenarios to solve in small groups

-- discussing uses of twitter, facebook, traditional webpages, etc.

-- trying to determine useful social media to interaction between an advisory board of new Americans in a particular community

--  discussed use of handheld technologies among minority groups (Pew Internet Studies); not only smartphones with data plans, but text messaging from any cell phone

-- decide on twitter hashtag for the advisory board

-- discussed limitations of discussion potential when limited to 140 characters; may be more useful for scheduling face-to-face meetings, getting quick answers to questions, etc.

-- central webpage that aggregates the group's information:  follows the hashtag for this group; reports meeting dates; contact info, etc.


recurring problem with our scenario solutions: digital divide!!  by age, socioeconomic status, lack of time, lack of tech savvy, etc. not sure how to resolve this.


recurring themes in our discussion:

  • timing: when in the process do you jump into the technologies?
  • education
  • digital divide
  • emotion: motivate people to share stories; yet also worry that strongly worded comments cause harm or bias the discussion
  • purpose: why are you using the technologies? how are you using them?
  • who is involved?
  • link online & face-to-face strategies
  • "intelligence"
  • ask members of group what strategies/methods they want to use


...also discussing with Brenda McCoy (also from UNT) about how to use a Facebook page in the class projects she assigns to her students...



Comments (0)

You don't have permission to comment on this page.