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Today we have a guest post from Janet Adams, a freelance writer from BuyEssays with an interesting topic, Learning Through Social Media. Please enjoy how she explains about the influence of social media toward teaching and learning in general. I hope that you can get some inspiration or idea about how to implement this idea toward your homeschooling or learning life.
Social Media networking sites have indeed, and still continue to be a great platform for social interactions and communications among peer groups, friends, associates and fans. Indeed the social interactions generated by platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, MySpace, etc., have been nothing short of phenomenal and are growing exponentially with each passing day. Indeed these sites are the next best thing for communications after mobile technology and phone, and are economical too. Facebook is a free-for-all site that has great value addition, business pages and a lot of technologically induced innovative renditions that offers wonderful experiences for users.
However, the use of social media for education is indeed of recent origin, albeit very promising and growth oriented. It needs to be seen from the perspective of educators, students and administration, in terms of how each of these stakeholders to gain and contribute to the educative wealth and potential of use of social media networks for the enhancement and propagation of quality education.
Education through social media- educator perspective: Many educators and learning facilitators have now realized the importance and ease of teacher-student communication outside the classroom. Not only could educators formalize and perpetuate a one-to-one or one-to-many communication channel outside classroom, which may be difficult otherwise but many aspects of education like teaching assignments, note taking, tests, briefings, problem solving and seeking clarifications, test scores etc, communication between the teacher and the taught could indeed be authenticated and facilitated through social channels. It is also a highly endearing and educative process for educators who could even conduct classes via social interactive media, with relative ease and convenience which may not have been otherwise possible under the classroom model methods. Once clear and easy lines of interactive networking could be established, it is only a matter of time when these could be used for benefit of education and study.
Education through social media- learners’ perspective: Students to set up and enforce communication between peer groups and batch mates through social media. They could share notes, get doubts cleared, share curriculum concerns and other learning materials through this media most effectively and conveniently without having to seek recourse to the conventional classroom model. Education focused action groups use social media for the extension of their informational and educational reaches. From a student perspective the main advantages of social media education are:
- Accessibility ease
- Portability and convenience of the embedded technology
- Simple and informal to use
- Supports ancillary and secondary educational tools to sub serve the cause of education
- Informal education could be used instead of the formal one
- Regular, interactive and cross communication lines could be established among peer and subject student groups using Threaded discussions, VoIP, short messages and Discussion Boards through social media networks.
Education through social media- Regulator and administrators perspective:
The benefits of social media networks extends beyond educators and students, into the realms of regulators too. Not only could they continually interact with educators, facilitators and others along the education delivery systems, but could also use this for formalizing new education policies, procedures and processes for the betterment of all round and quality education. The first place for reforms and restructuring in the much maligned and beleaguered education mechanism could begin with social networkings. Discussion Boards, campus interactive news, Newsletters and other vital in house materials and matters could gain the necessary platform and also impetus from social networking sites. Moreover since education is a rather complicated process involving many stakeholders, formal interest groups and informal cliques, all this is indeed facilitated and better delivered through social media which is as convenient and easily operable as it is user friendly and technology driven.
Indeed the education process is raised by several bars of performance, productivity, communication ease and smooth networking through social media. However, it is important that this media should be used and deployed for its use in education and not for vested purposes. The true success of social media could only be accomplished if every educator, student and administrator makes best and optimum use of it for gaining and maintaining educative benefits, advantages and goal fulfillment.