I've been up since early this morning (5 a.m.) and have my world music playlist going on my iTunes. It puts me in a cheery, global frame of mind as I head into the next couple of weeks. Right now, I'm enjoying?Ang?lique Kidjo from Benin.?
Next week on Friday, 30 May, I'll be presenting -- along with Corrina Lewis from Cornell University (Voices from Cornell Abroad) and Penny Schouten from?Academic Solutions?(formerly of SUNY New Paltz and still working with their?AbroadBlogs) -- a session?titled "Blogs, Facebook, and Instant Messaging: How Social Media Can Work for?You" at the?2008 NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference. This is the largest association for international education -- the exchange of students and scholars between countries and cultures -- in the world. There will probably be more than 8,000 professionals attending! (The conference, not our presentation...)
We'll be helping international educators from around the world learn some basics about social media and how to develop a presence in cyberspace and assist the students and scholars they work with through blogs, social networking sites like Facebook, tools such as instant messaging, etc.
Corinna, Penny and I already have our own experience and research to share, but we want to go further. Many (but not all!) of the people who will be in our audience are committed professionals in their field who may not be familiar with "how this social media thing works". I don't want to just tell them, I want to show them.
So I have a request of my readers today. Let's demonstrate.
Share with me.?Share links. Share information. Share your thoughts about how you think social media applies?to and/or has implications for the field of international education -- the exchange of students and scholars between countries and cultures.?
To get you started, here are some ideas of examples you could share:
- A blog or a blog posting
- that relates to cultural exchange or global understanding
- by an international education association -- such as the Forum for Education Abroad
- by an international student and/or education abroad office at a college/university
- focused on advice for student travelers - such as StudentTravelBlog
- by an organization or company involved in international education -- such as World Learning?or?InternationalStudent.com
- that's a collection of blogs -- such as the Center Director blogs at IES
- that's a personal blog by an international educator -- such as Srah.net?and Terrapin Station
- or an individual blog of student who is studying in another country
- A social networking page or group
- Any other type of social media tool that you think would work
If you'd rather not share publicly by making a comment below,?contact me directly?with your thoughts or links!
Oh, and while you're at it, consider Digging up?my posting on the Simon Foundation Act?-- a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and now stuck in the U.S. Senate that would create a program to send one million USA students to other countries. Help bring attention to NAFSA's efforts!