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Yeah, I know. They are always congregating around the computers looking at that MySpace site again. Oh, no--this time they are all making a tremendous amount of noise laughing while they are watching those YouTube videos. What is it about all of this? We could go on and on, couldn't we? It is a different world. Come to this workshop to learn about this new world and how to connect with those who live in it:

  • Experience social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook
  • Learn the basics of social networking as it relates to teen services
  • Develop guidelines for safe and effective usage of social networking sites
  • Create programs and interactions with youth/teens at your library with various social networking sites

Workshop Description: This all-day hands-on workshop will provide students with resources, knowledge, time and a supportive environment to learn, play and explore the social computing realm of teens. Through individual and group exercises we will set up various social computing experiences for each student. By the end of the day you will have completed at least one social network profile page, created an avatar, explored virtual worlds, set up and posted to your own blog and/or created a Library Thing profile. The instructor will provide samples, templates, cheat sheets, a webliography, as well as practical, useful tips that can be applied immediately.

Pre-workshop assignment: Students should have a digital photo of themselves and/or a representation of themselves on a USB flash drive or CD to bring to class.

Preliminary Course Outline

  • Social Software Overview
    • What is social software, social networking?
    • Take a look at LibraryThing as an example
    • Why are teens so interested in it?
    • How are teens using it?
  • Safe and Responsible Use of Social Software
    • Social influence techniques used in online environments
    • Various Internet and Social networking sites safety measures
  • Profile Sites: MySpace & Facebook
    • Examine MySpace & Facebook
    • Demonstrate safe methods in setting up profile accounts
    • Set up profiles at MySpace & Facebook
  • Blogging, Photos & Video
    • Tour, and then setup a personal blog
    • Tour, and then setup an account with Flickr
    • Tour YouTube
  • Virtual Worlds & Avatars
    • Virtual worlds and games discussion
    • Avatars: What are they? Why are they important?
    • Tour Second Life & Teen Second Life
    • Examine avatar creation sites: Yahoo, IMVU, Second Life
    • Create an avatar

Workshop Instructor: Matt Gullett