New Media in the Classroom


Blogging:  Blogging is a creative way to share your experiences.

Content creation by teenagers continues to grow, with 64% of online teenagers ages 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of content creation, up from 57% of online teens in 2004.

Girls continue to dominate most elements of content creation. Some 35% of all teen girls blog, compared with 20% of online boys, and 54% of wired girls post photos online compared with 40% of online boys. Boys, however, do dominate one area – posting of video content online. Online teen boys are nearly twice as likely as online girls (19% vs. 10%) to have posted a video online somewhere where someone else could see it.[*]



Social Networking:  55% of all teens (12-17) have created a personal profile on a social networking site, such as MySpace or Facebook




Photo and Video Sharing:  Sharing content-specific photos and video is an effective way of communicating with media-conscious students.


Nearly half (47%) of online teens have posted photos where others can see them, and 89% of those teens who post photos say that people comment on the images at least “some of the time.” Teens who post videos report a similarly large incidence of feedback, with nearly three quarters (72%) of video posters receiving comments on their videos.[†]






[*] Pew Internet/American Life Project: Writing, Technology and Teens 4/08.


[†] Pew Internet/American Life Project: Social Networking Websites and Teens: An Overview 10/07