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Social Media: Platforms for Voice. Empowering a Generation Obsessed With Creative Storytelling

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Tuesday, December 1, 11:30 am–12:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Michael Cohen  
It's no secret that our students are obsessed with social media. It gives them a platform to express themselves and share what they care about. It's up to us as educators to guide them in creating content that is personal, passionate, but most importantly, provides value for others.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Instagram
Topic: Student agency, choice & voice
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn about ways that students are currently using social media in positive ways and how it can be used as a tool for students to act as creative storytellers.

Participants will learn how creative storytelling will help students fulfill the ISTE Creative Communicator & Digital Citizen Student standards.

Attendees will be shown examples of student work which their own students can model in becoming creative communicators.


- Creative Communicator Ice Breaker - 5 minutes
- How are Students Already Leveraging Social Media to Creative Positive Impact? - 5 minutes
- It starts with Empathy - 5 minutes
- Creative Communicator Challenge - Curate the best playlist of creative content to introduce creative communication to your students - 30 minutes
- Pitch and Present - 10 minutes
- Wrap Up - 5 minute

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Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi LLC

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