Benefits of Social Media

What are the benefits of social media in the classroom and what skills can college students gain from usage? This is the question I will be addressing on my blog today! We all know there has been A LOT of criticism aimed toward social media and the effect it has in the way students process and retain information, as well as how distracting it can be. Coming from the generation where we are pretty much run by social media (I know you all know what I’m talking about) I have to completely disagree. I strongly believe that social media offers plenty of opportunities for learning and interactivity.

I see social media as a way for students to experience the world through more than just books and assignments. We can use these tools to learn and adapt to the world via a new form of communication. Using tools such as Facebook, Twitter YouTube and many more have opened so many doors to new and exciting way of learning and I don’t think professors should be scared to apply these methods to their curriculums. If you don’t agree, you might be asking, “what could you actually learn from social media?” Well below is a list of just a few things we can learn:

  • Connections – social networks are all about forming connections whether they be professional or not. These connections can help students interact and engage with each other using the web, sharing opinions and learning topics from around the world whole engaging.
  • Web engagement – Using the web helps students share and comment on each other’s posts interacting with peers and even teachers about class-related subjects. Nowadays, online engagement is very important in any business and it is vital that students learn and become experts at developing a sense of Internet presence.
  • Knowledge – social media users share among themselves a ton of important and relevant information day in and day out. From tips and tricks to DIY projects, students also use these tools to share helpful information for classes. They are able to analyze, assess, retain and share information, which is so very helpful in the learning process.

Having a strong social media presence is super important nowadays. Students and even professors can learn so much by incorporating these tools and using technology in their favor. It’s important for schools to see the real benefits of technology and not just see it as time-wasting tools. What do you think?

Click here for an interesting article about how social media websites can be a powerful aid in writing assignments!

Happy Blogging! 🙂

 

Universities & Social Media

Is higher education failing students in teaching proper social media skills? In my opinion, Universities aren’t doing the best job at integrating social media into their curriculum. Very few universities actually offer social media classes and when they are offered, they tend to be electives rather than integrated into a larger curriculum. I think in this day and age, it is extremely important for classes to integrate and use social media tools in a productive way that encourages collaboration in classrooms. With today’s job market, it is essential for young professionals to possess these skills since many companies are using social media in order to grow their business. Many are looking for social media savvy individuals to help their company keep up with today’s digital life.

According to the article below, social communication done well increases productivity, saves money and time, and improves engagement and satisfaction. So why are schools not implementing social media into their curriculum? I believe that by utilizing these tools, Universities will be able to engage students and see a positive shift in education. What do you think?

Click here to view article and let me know your thoughts on the matter.

Happy Blogging! 🙂

Intro!

Hi! I hope you have had the chance to go through my blog and get to know me a little better. I have made this blog with the hopes of informing my followers about my opinions of education and some interesting topics I have chosen to discuss. The main topic I will be blogging about is the use of social media in higher education. As my senior year of college is quickly coming to an end, I have noticed the rise of social media platforms being used in college classes for learning and collaborating. It amazes me the amount of platforms that exists now-a-days that people use to connect and network with each other.

I have chosen this topic because I am a huge advocate of using social media in classrooms in order to learn and collaborate with others for school assignments. I believe I have gotten the most out of classes that encourage us students to use these tools in order to engage us in different topics and help us explore on our own while we communicate and share with others. I will be exploring both sides of the argument and also blogging about some disadvantages to using social media in classrooms, how social media enhances student learning and how it is being used today!

I wanted to introduce you guys to the topic of discussion for my blog and encourage feedback from you all! But for now, I wanted to share this image, which illustrates the wide array of social media tools available today.

Happy blogging! ☺

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 5.17.13 PM

Click on image to enlarge