Seth Dixon, Ph.D.* - Rhode Island College
In geography classes, students learn how improvements in telecommunications are a vital component to the processes that drive globalization. By using social media technologies as an integral part of classroom discussion and interaction, students can more deeply internalize these lessons. The social media classroom can disseminate quality geographic news and resources to a broad audience with reach far beyond the walls of the classroom. This pedagogical shift also converts students from simply being receivers of geographic information, into active producers of knowledge and advocates for geographic literacy within their own social networks. As participants in broader intellectual communities, students and teachers become collaborators in projects that take on added importance as the audience for the work is expanded. In addition to enriching the classroom discussion, it will become a valuable asset to other geography educators by filling a valuable niche in the ever-expanding online community and archive of information.