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?
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