Monday, August 18, 2014

Vote for @TSMRI's SXSWEdu Proposal! - 55 Social Media Tips for #HigherEd Faculty and Staff

This week, I (Dr. J. Edwards) am especially excited about the #SxSWedu proposal voting period! We are entering the second week and here is our proposal for the Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI):

Here are our "sharing stats"for the past week!

We definitely need more shares, please help us! Vote here -

Sincerely - @drjtedwardsTSU

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Reasons to Visit the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History @FWMSH

Here are some of the top reasons to visit the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History as part of a vacation, stay-cation, or field trip:

Exhibits families and children will enjoy

From the Children's Museum to DinoLabs, there are lots of activities that children and their parents can enjoy together.

Exhibits adults and parents will enjoy

My daughter (Dr. Tony Edwards) is too young to remember the Indiana Jones movies, but I grew up watching these movies.  The memorabilia in the Indiana Jones Archaeology exhibit are amazing.  History buffs will enjoy the archeology finds in the exhibit as well.  Robert Philpot of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram provided a detailed description of the exhibit.

Source: fortworthmuseum (YouTube channel)
Grown ups and history lovers of all ages would enjoy movies like "Rocky Mountain Express."
Source: fortworthmuseum (YouTube channel)

Hands-on learning for the kids

EnergyBlast and DinoDig are sure to keep the kids busy and engaged at the same time.

Great movies for fans of history and science

From the Imax Theater to the Noble Planetarium, there is no shortage of videos at the museum to entertain both children and grown ups.
Source: fortworthmuseum (YouTube Channel)

Engaging examples of Texas history

While learning about Texas cattle and the Chisholm Trail, you can visit visit the Cattle Raisers Museum and celebrate 150 years of Fort Worth history. Convinced? Click here to buy tickets or purchase a membership. Disclaimer: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History invited TSMRI Board Members and Student Social Media Coaches to visit the museum.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Facebook, Twitter, and Wikis: Social Media in the College Classroom

 Did you know that TSMRI produces its own peer-reviewed, open access peer-reviewed journal? The Journal of Social Media In Society disseminates social media research twice a year.  If you are interested in submitting a paper or becoming a peer reviewer, please visit the journal website.


Below is an article abstract from our latest issue.  Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, a psychology instructor at Abilene Christian University, discusses their campus-wide mobile learning program, and how faculty members used social media in their classrooms.

creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by lukew
College student surrounded by mobile devices.
creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo (untitled) shared by lukew


Social Media in the Classroom: Challenges and Strategies in Faculty Development


Jennifer Shewmaker


Abilene Christian University began developing a campus wide mobile learning program in 2008, providing a context of campus saturation by 2010. The re-imagining of teaching and learning prompted by this initiative led to the use of mobile learning and to the introduction of social media components into the learning context. This paper will discuss the promise and challenges of social media in the classroom, explore the use of social media in higher education, and discuss the strategies that the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning has used in order to provide faculty development training for the use of social media within both traditional and non-traditional learning environments


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Social Media @ Work: Pinterest

Tarleton State University's Career Services department targets their pins
---with fantastic results.

Like many people, I thought Pinterest was only good for planning weddings until I started receiving phone calls a few months ago at work regarding our Career Services Pinterest page. People across the U.S. have been calling our office wanting permission to use graphics we have pinned on our Pin boards. I was amazed. Who knew Pinterest could be such a powerful marketing tool?

Here are three simple tips for targeting your audience on Pinterest, tested through trial and error: 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

If You're Not On Social Media, Do You Still Exist?*

Recently, I Googled an old friend.  Did I say friend?

We haven't spoken in over fifteen years (wow, where did the time go?). 
Things didn't end...well.

When we first met,  we were fresh out of college and not  sure what was next. We acted in a few local plays (drama nerd alert!) and saw a ton of movies together.We also spent late nights talking about anything and everything.

Real friends don't let friends Google ex-friends. Or something.

As I scanned the Google search results on my "frenemy", the imp on my left shoulder hoped I'd find something negative. What can I say? I'm only human.

Alas, it was not to be.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Social Media @ Work: Acting

Welcome to our new series, Social Media @ Work,  which features great social media advice from a variety of professionals. Our inaugural post features Lisa Sosa, an independent film actress currently based in San Antonio.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Attribution – It’s the Right Thing to Do

 In social media, images have become the eye candy that draws readers to your blog and Facebook posts.  If the image is one you created yourself, you’re good to go.  But what about those times you can’t create your own images?  Is it OK to just use that great picture you found on the internet?