Education Research Social Media

Why education needs social media

The benefits of social media include: worldwide connectivity, real time information sharing, and meeting like-minded people. Social networking sites hold the potential for information processing as a consumer, and as a student.

The ubiquity of social media, such as Facebook and Snapchat is no more apparent than in the education industry. Drawing on anecdotal evidence, pupils arrive at school, enter their classroom, and instantly recall last night’s social media activity. Yet, few schools take advantage of how children become enthused.

There are numerous studies that report teachers not using social media strategies in their classrooms. Although institutions have introduced 21st century technology, such as iPads and IWBs, they have made very little, if any alternation to the delivery of information.

It is clear that there is a need for social networking sites to be visible and available in the classroom. Many platforms can break down traditional hierarchies in terms of society and global geography. For example, Twitter empowers learners to engage with individuals from around the world, often haring resources and ideas for free. In particular, Twitter has a growing role in acerbating debates in how best it can be used to promote learning and engagement

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