Facebook Can Predict My Relationships?!

When looking through Bloggin’ With Friends’s blog, I couldn’t help but notice an article called “What Can’t Facebook Do?” and it caught my attention. What Can’t Facebook Do? Nowadays it seems like there’s nothing they can’t do. After reading this article, I’d say that’s pretty much right.

Bogdan State, Facebook’s data scientist, took a look at Facebook’s data about relationships (because of course they know everything about you and your significant other) and found that “About half of all Facebook relationships that have survived three months are likely to survive to four years or longer.” What?! He’s not kidding. Statistically, he’s completely right. It turns out if you can make it three months, you might as well hunker down and get ready for the long haul.

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He also noticed that a lot of relationships end in the Summer and a particular amount of relationships ended in 2011. Why could this be? His answer seemed to guess at the economy’s condition at that time. No money? No relationship. That’s just how it works. You have to take care of yourself before you can make time for others, especially those who are significant others.

So what does this have to do with education you might ask? I’ll admit it is a stretch, but jobs like being a data scientist are the new fields students will go into. Statistics will become more and more valuable in the future, especially when dealing with technology. Technology has given us Facebook, Twitter, and tons of other sites. Now our students who are using these sites will potentially be hired by them to increase productivity. These are where the new jobs are. Being a mathematician can now be useful for social networks. This field is only growing, so it’s good for teachers to prepare their students for jobs like this and it’s important for students to know that studying harder in math could lead them to a job at one of their favorite sites. Like I said, it is a stretch. This article was just so interesting I just couldn’t pass it up.

This article was eye opening and kind of scary to say the least. I’d advise you check it out and also Bloggin’ With Friends. They’ve got some good stuff going on.

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Multipurpose Social Media

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When I was younger and in school, I can remember cellphones becoming the most exciting thing to own.  Everyone wanted one and was constantly begging their parents to purchase one for them.  Once everyone finally purchased one we all realized we weren’t allowed to have them in school.  They needed to be turned off and put away.

Recently I’ve visited one of my teachers and observed her classroom.  She had an open invitation to come and visit anytime, so one day I decided to take her up on it.  While she was lecturing in classes, I noticed almost half of the students trying to be sneaky and use their cellphone hidden  in their purse, or under their books, or in their pockets, and the list goes on and on.  This caused me to do some research with all of the social media that is out there now.

One of the most popular is instagram.  Maryalene LaPonsie posted an article called Picture This: 5 Ways Teachers Can Use Instagram in the Classroom.  This article found different ways to incorporate instagram into the classroom.  A couple of the ideas she listed were assigning photo-essays or having them use the pictures on instagram as a writing prompt.  These are simple tasks that are both enjoyable for the students and educational.  Not only can this allow the students to become more engaged, but it makes it easier on the teacher.  It’s easier to assign a photo assignment, then for instance, having the students all write papers.  Not only does the teacher have to grade all of them, which can be time consuming, but the students will most likely hate the work involved in it.

As long as the school approves of students using their cellphones during class, it is an excellent way to utilize the social media that the majority of students love to use!