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Purpose:
  • During the 2009 election protests in Iran, thousands of citizens used their mobile devices to send images and updates to the world. Moments after a plane went down in the Hudson River in 2009 the world saw images of the event from the water because one person on a ferry boat took a picture with their cell phone. In 2010 news and information captured by citizen journalists in the earthquake disaster in Haiti played a primary role in the response and recovery effort.
  • Citizen journalism has emerged as a world-wide phenomenon made possible by the merger of connective web 2.0 technologies and mobile devices. When citizens are part of the news cycle, ability to utilize these tools is an important skill to possess. The purpose of this session is to model how teachers might both teach students about citizen journalism and help them engage in real-world issues as citizen journalists through the use of social tools.

Objectives:
  • Attendees will know how to use social media tools to collect and distribute information
  • Attendees will learn some strategies for social media use applicable in multiple classroom contexts.
  • Attendees will understand/discuss ethical and legal implications of citizen journalism.
  • Attendees will understand how to teach students to engage in citizen journalism using social tools.