There are many ways social media can be used to educate. Social media is used for many purposes in the classroom and to market and promote schools as well as universities.
We believe in the power and potential of social media to make almost everything easier (even life in the classroom). Here are ways that we can use social networking for education.
Benefits of using social media in education
The integration of technology and social media into the classroom is becoming more common because of how many students have become accustomed to them.
Each social media platform can be used in a variety of ways, including sharing announcements or holding live lectures.
First, social media offers a direct and smoother communication channel between students and teachers. Parents can also check-in and answer questions.
You can also learn more via social media. Online classes and remote jobs are becoming increasingly popular. This is why it is crucial to train students in distance learning. Social media can help.
Before using social media in education, it is crucial to understand its implications. But we are certain that it will benefit students learning technology.
Social media in the classroom
Let’s start by discussing the various ways that social media can help in the classroom. There are many social tools available for education, which can be used by students at any age, including elementary through college.
1. Create a Facebook Page for updates and alerts.
Facebook can be an excellent social media platform for integrating into the classroom. Instead of forcing students and instructors to learn new things when using traditional online classrooms, stick to what everyone already knows.
Make sure students like the class’s Facebook Page. The instructor can use it to share class updates, assign homework, and encourage discussion.
These pages can be accessed by students even if they aren’t on Facebook. Facebook Pages are public. Anyone can comment on posts by creating an account.
2. Create a Facebook Group and stream live lectures.
Instructors can also create Facebook Groups that are public or private for each class. These groups allow them to stream Facebook Live lectures, answer questions, assign homework, and make announcements. You can keep students engaged on school breaks or snow days.
It’s crucial to maintain a professional boundary when using social networking for education. Teachers are not required to send friend requests when creating a Facebook Group. Send students and parents an email with a direct link for the Facebook Group.
Online courses, especially online courses, are best if you have a group to help you connect with students.
3. Twitter can be used for class communication.
Twitter can serve as a forum for discussion or a message board. Teachers can have one Twitter handle per class that they reuse every year or create a new handle for each school year. Students are encouraged to communicate clearly and effectively with their peers by the limit of 280 characters.
Twitter allows teachers to send reminders to students about assignment due dates, or to share inspirational quotes or links to help them with practice quizzes and resources.
Teachers can also use Twitter chats and discussions to discuss a hashtag they have created.
4. Use Instagram for photo essays.
In a visual class, students may use Instagram to present photos or graphics appealingly. Instagram is a great platform for digital storytelling.
Students may create a class-specific Instagram account and delete them when the course is done.
5. Create a class blog that allows for discussion.
Students have another option for creating digital content. They can easily link back into class social networks by writing blog posts. There are many platforms where teachers can create a blog for their class, such as Squarespace. Wix. Blogger. Tumblr. Students can create their user accounts to comment on class prompts or post discussion posts.
As a central location, the course syllabus can be shared as well as any updates, assignments, and resources.