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Activity Number: 432
Type: Roundtables
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 : 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #304725
Title: Using Social Media to Engage and Motivate the Modern Statistics Student
Author(s): Michelle Gaddy Everson*+
Companies: University of Minnesota
Address: 250 Education Sciences Building, Minneapolis, MN, , United States
Keywords: social media ; technology ; teaching ; introductory statistics ; Facebook ; YouTube

In the last 10 years, several articles and case studies have been published about ways in which popular social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube can be used in educational settings. Little attention has been paid, however, to specific uses of these tools within the statistics classroom. The purpose of this roundtable session is to share ideas about how social media can be incorporated into a statistics course not only to engage and motivate students, but to help students better reason through challenging course material. Discussion will center around both specific uses of social networking tools and important considerations educators should be mindful of before incorporating such tools into their own classrooms. Those interested in this topic are encouraged to bring ideas, experiences, and concerns with social media to the table so all participants can collaborate and learn from each other.

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