The Pros of Using Social Media in Schools
How Can Social Media Influence Learning Among Students?
School social media policy is an oft discussed topic among parents, teachers, and students alike. Social media, as many people assert, distracts students from doing relevant schoolwork, thereby affecting academic performance. Most institutions have already implemented social media guidance for schools, since it is a legitimate concern. After all, social media addiction is a real thing, and is common among the younger generation.
But it is often an ethical issue, especially since networking sites sway student attention away from their studies. Being that much into social media can be seen as hazardous to children, from the perspective of both parents and teachers. However, could there be any benefit to using social media in schools?
Here are some reasons why the use of social media in education can be beneficial to students:
- Social media helps in student interaction. Social networking sites may serve as platforms where students share ideas and maintain friendly relations with each other. There are students who are more comfortable socializing over the internet than in person, so sites like Facebook and Twitter are great tools for them.
- Social media can be educational. The numerous posts and links students can read on their newsfeed can be advantageous to their studies and may help them excel in school. It’s a good way for students to supplement the things they learn.
- Social media aids in the students’ technological literacy. As social networking sites rely on intricate information systems, they can be a great way to preparing students for a career in tech. Social media education can help students garner more experience in the fields, like digital marketing and information technology.
- Teachers can easily relay information on social media. Facebook Groups, Google+ Circles, and all the others allow users to post or relay relevant details. A teacher trying to incorporate learning in social media may invite students to a Facebook Group for a quick way to convey information. Now, students have little excuse for not doing their homework.
- Social media allows for remote learning. A student who’s unable to attend class but needs to catch up on school work can cover a lot of ground by learning remotely on social media. The teacher can simply send modules and lessons via email or Facebook, which can easily be accessed on a computer, smartphone, or tablet.
- Social media improves our analytical skills. Social media (and web 2.0 in general) also sharpens students’ skills in fact-checking, logic, and rhetoric, especially when they engage in online discussions.
Social media allows students to do many things whenever their minds wander off. With the increasing rate of student breakdowns in schools, social media is a welcome change for those who have been feeling burnt out.