Using Social Networking in the Social Studies for Global Citizenship: A Case Study of Japan’s 3:11 Quake
Brad Maguth, The University of Akron, United States ; Misato Yamaguchi, Augusta State University, Japan
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Within a decade, the world has experienced more than three devastating earthquakes in Sumatra, Haiti, and Japan. During these natural disasters, citizens from all around the world turned to 21st Century communication technologies to learn about and support the victims of these events. This paper discusses the potential for social studies teachers and students in using social networks to learn about global issues. To highlight this point the authors discuss the educational potential of social networks in learning about the 2011 earthquake in northern Japan. This integration of social networks allows students to: 1. Use social media as a research tool to critically analyze different primary and secondary sources. 2. Tap into discussions and resources provided by global networks, communities, and organizations. And, 3. Use social networks to rally support and donations to help the victims. The authors reflect on this use of social networking in the studies classroom, and the potential opportunities and challenges in using it to foster global citizenship.
Maguth, B. & Yamaguchi, M. (2012). Using Social Networking in the Social Studies for Global Citizenship: A Case Study of Japan’s 3:11 Quake. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3260-3287). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).