Social media consumption is growing more and more yearly. Many schools and universities are now embracing the move. By understanding this particular movement, these institutions can make better choices about how to make the most of social media in the educational culture.
Nowadays, students are actively sharing, tweeting, posting, liking, and commenting all across social media; they are learning new things every second, and they are expressing themselves through various platforms. Progressively, teachers, colleges, and universities are trying to leverage the engaging qualities of social media for utilization in the classroom and beyond, connecting students, teachers, and even parents. How is social media helping to change the face of education?
Benefits of Social Media in Education
- Professional community of educators
- Encouraging cooperation and teamwork
- Exchanging ideas, information, and knowledge in a friendly environment
- Exposing students to tech-based ideas and tools
- Motivating professional engagement, training, and continuing education
- Supporting inter-cultural and cross-cultural conversations on education
- Increasing communication between instructors and students
- Boosting engagement in the classroom and the program of study
- Being aware of class and teacher expectations
- Transparency for schools and universities
- Influencing school activities and sharing educational experiences with the world
- Increasing learning and academic networking; connecting their work academically and socially to a wider world
- Motivating engagement through discussions on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest…
- Learning about group effort and teamwork
- Developing communication and social media skills
- Encouraging a positive attitude towards technology
- Using educational networking sites to solve information problems and communicate online with experts, peers, and teachers
- Understanding the value of identity, individuality, and reputation management by using social media and helping students realize the long-term impact of personal information shared online
8 Ways Teachers Can Use Social Media in the Classroom
- Encourage students to share their projects and work on social media platforms.
- Use a #hashtag to facilitate teacher and guest speaker discussions.
- Create a social classroom on the web like a blog and/or a Facebook page.
- Motivate students to start their own blog and engage in the classroom’s blog.
- Use Google Hangouts or Skype in order to communicate with students, parents, and fellow professors.
- Have students tweet their educator about what they learned in class in 140 characters to encourage personal expression and sharing of thoughts.
- Post photos, links, and videos about historical figures to “get to know” them and their contribution to history.
- Publish interesting and creative projects or essays on the classroom blog; teachers can provide a sense of accomplishment and inspire other students by doing so.
Sources: Mashable.com; TechNews Daily