Have you ever thought about the use of social media in our daily education lives, it is gaining traction right now and growing very fast in lot of countries around the world. In this article I will cover some positive benefits of social media in aiding students in their studies.
Social media can make education fun, interactive and most importantly collaborative. Here are some of the social media networks and how they can be used to help student understand the content better and keep them enthusiastic about learning.
An average teacher will teach approximately 4000 students in his/her teaching career, imagine if you are a teacher and you can teach 400,000 people! How? By using YouTube.
Yes, most of the students around the world prefer to view their lectures via video since this format has a number of benefits over the conventional class room listening. Imagine you didn’t understand something the teacher said and you may be embarrassed to ask to repeat in a full class room but in YouTube you can rewind the lecture and if you don’t understand you can go back again and watch again. This is a fundamental benefit to the student since he no longer have to pretend that he understood something he can always go back and watch.
If you as an institution confident about the teaching skills of your teacher then you should definitely record the lectures and share them with the world via YouTube.If you are a school then you can sign up in YouTube for schools and bring the power of video to your class room in a controlled environment
Facebook is the most popular social network out there and most importantly the Facebook profiles are real people and you can actually understand if some account is genuine or fake by looking at the friends list and other activities.
Facebook actually has three types of accounts profiles, pages and groups. Profiles are for individuals, in a class room the teacher can use a closed group where the students can connect with other students and the teacher. They can ask doubts and get them clarified by the fellow students or teacher. They post the important announcements about the upcoming class etc. Since most students are already have profiles in Facebook it is most easily implementable idea.
Twitter is the one social media network which has the capacity to give the students and teacher an opportunity to create their own learning networks but the main challenge lies to filtering the relevant information form the millions of other tweets. One way to do this is by searching the educational hashtags like #edtech for educational technology and #edchat for general education related content.
Students learn well when they are engaged, Instagram can help you do just the same. Teachers can share their classroom experiences with students and their parents in Instagram community. Teachers can creatively announce their classwork assignments. Students can also have their share of engaging photo essays, caption writing etc.
Any remote school in the world with an internet connection can accesses free lectures in diverse fields like social studies, mathematics, science etc. which are produced to replicate traditional class room classes by explaining the concepts in hand writing on black background. These classes will give an opportunity to students to understand the concepts with use of simple language and capability to revisit the content if they don’t understand something. Students can use the time outside the class room to watch the classes that will give teacher an opportunity to organize number of practical tasks on these topics in classroom with the saved time.
While most of the educators started seeing social media as powerful tool to take the learning to a new level by keeping the students engaged, more creative and powerful communicators, some are still seeing social media as a bad behavior. This article is hope to bring some positive benefits of social media in education those can benefit the students in a big way.
Author is a Management student of IIM Bangalore having an experience in Power Industry, Follow On Twitter @nagababukatakam
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