This blog is dedicated to all things social media, k-20 in an effort to keep abreast of the latest tools and research which may have an impact on teaching and learning.   It has come out of a self-directed Social Media in Education course taken by Jennifer Casa-Todd and taught by Dr.Janette Hughes.   Its genesis came from Dr. Robin Kay, Dean of the Masters of Education program, who is an advocate for the power of social media and its impact on education.

When we refer to social media, we borrow danah boyd’s definition from her book It’s Complicated: The Networked Lives of Teenagers:

“a collection of sites and services that emerged during the early 2000s including social network sites, video sharing sites, blogging and microblogging platforms, and related tools that allow participants to create and share their own content”  (boyd, 2014, pg 6).

Today, there are a plethora of tools that allow participants to create and share their own content.  This broad definition, therefore allows us to explore a variety of tools that promote learners to produce, rather than consume content online.  We hope you find this information valuable and welcome contributions and feedback.

If you would like any information about our Masters of Education program, please visit the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Graduate Studies program here.


boyd, danah (2014). It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. New Haven: Yale     University Press.