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Estimated Completion Time

1 segment / 18 weeks


This course won’t teach you how to use Facebook, the proper way to use a hashtag, or how to get more Instagram followers. (We trust that you’re an expert on all those things already.) What this course will teach you is that the world of Social Media revolves around you – your actions, your decisions, and your interests. You will examine how Social Media has evolved. You will understand how you can find authenticity and truth within an online world where you can “be” anyone. And you will learn how your digital footprint makes a bigger impression than your physical one. You will also discover that your voice is important. You’re not only a reader – you’re a writer. You don’t just follow the news – you report it as a citizen journalist. And you don’t just gather information – you crowdsource it. The future of Social Media is yours to define…so how will you use it to make a difference?

During this course, you will learn career-related skills and earn a badge for this accomplishment. A badge is a digital certification of your career-related learning that you can share on social media or with higher education platforms, colleges, potential employers, peers, and colleagues. Select this link to learn more about badges.

Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

Major Topics and Concepts


Segment 1

  • Don’t believe everything on the internet
  • Consider the source
  • What is your digital footprint?
  • Tone doesn’t have a font, are you being lost in translation?
  • Think for yourself
  • The good, bad, and the ugly truth about going viral
  • Meaning vs. Intention, the great divide
  • The “Online You” is often different from the “Real World You.”
  • Social Media, what’s the impact on your psyche?
  • Cyberbullying
  • How Social Media can make a positive change
  • Emotions vs. Logic, what leads your actions?
  • Syndrome E, it is real and it effects how you act
  • Social Media is driven by the need for a sense of community
  • Citizen Journalism
  • Crowd-sourcing
  • Social Media can change lives
  • Individual action on Social Media matters
  • Slacktivism
  • The dragonfly affect
  • “Failure” can often just be a pathway to success
  • You own social media, how will you change it?



Credits .5


  • Evolution of Social Media
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history, evolution, and purpose of social media by identifying ‘red flags’ to truth and characteristics of material that tends to ‘go viral’.
  • Your Digital Footprint
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the digital footprint and offline persona by differentiating between intention and interpretation as they relate to both personal and professional use of social media and the impact it has on one’s self social media identity and the community.
  • Communicating and Gaining Perspective
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of gaining perspective and using social media to influence others by analyzing, evaluating and communicating information effectively through social media.
  • Catalysts for Change
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the impact social media has on news and political/social causes by examining how it is used as a catalyst for collective change and learning to apply strategies and techniques to positively impact that change.


Recommended for grades 9-12.

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