Scripps College Presents “Social Media and Learning: Students Getting Help from Friends”

CLAREMONT, Calif. (November 14, 2012) — Christine Greenhow, assistant professor in the College of Education at Michigan State University, explores the ways in which students from low-income families use social media to their benefit in a lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 27 in Garrison Theater. This event is free and open to the public.

Digital literacy and digital citizenship, including knowing how to effectively use social media, are necessary skills for job-seekers as employers want to hire candidates with adept social media skills. Developing an effective presence on LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter is a must for those seeking career opportunities and advancement. To that end, Greenhow’s talk examines what current educational research has to say about how adolescents and young adults -  especially those from low-income families – use social network sites to their advantage.

This event is part of the Scripps College Humanities Institute’s fall lecture series, “Social Media/Social Change: Negotiating Access, Control and Unrest in the Information Age.” Throughout the fall semester, distinguished scholars and experts explore, both at a local and a global level, the big-picture implications and the practical realities surrounding social networking and online collaborations. For more information, please call 909/621-8237 or visit