4 Ways Social Media is Helping Change How Education is Imparted
4 Ways Social Media is Helping Change How Education is Imparted
It might be hard to believe this but social media has helped change the way education is imparted in different levels of schooling. Despite the fact that social media has been used in the past for different things, both good and bad, there is a way it can be used to make a difference in our education system thus bringing out the best out of both the students and their tutors. If you have all through looked at social media as just another medium for people to engage in small time games or just pass time, then you are in for a rude awakening.
The introduction of the social media has transformed almost every aspect of our lives and there is no telling what we should expect in the next few decades. Every sector has been impacted strongly by different social media platforms and education sector has not been left behind in this. With every dawning day, the social media is widening its reach across the board and its effects are increasingly becoming more prominent everywhere. Social medial has found widespread use in the education industry, both among the students and teachers as well. It has turned out as one of the greatest platforms in the education sector and many people have found different ways to use it to their advantage. This does not mean that online education does not have its own share of challenges, but in fact, social media is finding acceptance from both the students and their tutors alike as it can help overcome these challenges, making the learning process easier and enjoyable.
Making an impact across different social media platforms
Today, there are various types of social media platforms which can be used to revolutionize the way education is passed on these days. Most of these forms of social media platforms are popular among both students and their tutors and include the following: –
- Twitter and
To get some excellent results, it is advisable for students to manage their learning activities across these social media websites. In addition to the students, tutors too can create their own social media profiles thus making it easy for them to link up with their students across the platforms. This kind of a networking will be of great benefit to the students, as they can have the chance to communicate with their tutors on any issues that they might not understand on the subjects taught whenever they wish.
Debate on different topics online through their closed groups
Discussion groups have become popular in the social media and these are not only suitable for businesses and gossips but also for education sector. So, as students within the same class and taking the same subjects, you can take your class discussions with you home and help each other increase your understanding in areas that seem a bit challenging. This is where the social media comes in as it helps you create discussion groups where you can discuss with your peers with ease. All you will need to do is create a group that draws its membership from the students who you intend to hold discussions with on different topics through the platform of choice. It is not hard to create a closed group which will only be accessed by a selected number of students. In these groups, you can also invite a few teachers especially those who are actively involved in the social media platform and who have the desired skills to help you tackle the subjects or topics you wish to discuss.
Using the social media groups will allow students to push their discussion on different topics for as long at they are comfortable or until everything is fully solved and everyone has understood the topic. For this reason, there is no doubt that the social media platform can be a great solution to many education problems that many students and tutors are encountering today and it can work as an extension of a virtual classroom. Just in the same way you can discuss a matter outside education with a friend through facebook or twitter, it is possible to enhance your learning using the social media groups especially those that you are familiar with.
Keep the class records on different subjects for future reference
It is not easy to remember everything that you are taught during the learning sessions. In fact, this is always a difficult task that many people have to contend with but things do not have to be like this for the students. A large amount of information in normally discussed during the classroom sessions and this can make students to miss out on some details including those that are important. As a matter of fact, many students find it hard to recall the information they have received from their teachers even though it is a few hours after the lessons. This is always a major problem that many people have to contend with during their learning process and the problem is not a reserve of primary school students but also those in secondary schools. The best way to deal with this problem is by coming up with some reliable ways to record information thus making it easy to refer to it hours or days after the lessons. Just like students have been taking notes during their classes, recording lessons for use in the social media can be of great help in the future. There is no denying that many students are finding it a little bit outdated to write notes during their class lessons. However, different social media outlets can help during such cases since teachers can make use of the platforms to teach their students online. Instead of preparing notes on a piece of paper, a teacher can do this same thing electronically and post the material within the study group for students to access whenever and wherever they feel like. One of the greatest advantages associated with this kind of a move is that the material recorded can be stored online and be accessed from different places at the same time. This makes it easy for the students to refer to the content hours or days after the lessons are concluded. Committing the information to memory doesn’t have to make students’ learning experience dull and one can slowly study the stored material and find what they need by connecting the internet and accessing the social media platform where the information has been stored.
Class videos can be used for students to remember different topics
The advancement in technology has helped change the way things are done even in classes. Today, both teachers and students can record their classes during the lessons and use these videos for future reference especially on topics that seem a bit challenging to the students. By so doing, the students will have the opportunity to listen to the lessons from home or after classes with the ability to rewind in case a concept is not easily understood. Today, it is not hard to find different videos on the social media accounts and students have been doing it also. While social media accounts have been used to post videos irresponsibly, students and tutors can make use of the same platforms to post their learning videos and this can be of great help not only to those in the groups but also anyone who has the permission to access the information. For example, it is very common to come across video recording of specific college classes posted in Facebook or Twitter groups and which are meant to be accessed only by those who belong to that particular college or group.
This kind of a strategy not only benefits those who were in for the lessons but also those who miss the sessions due to one reason or the other. Catching up with what was taught therefore becomes easy and one does not have to miss out on anything even if they were not present during the lesson hours. Students can watch the posted videos online and therefore, become well informed as far as the topic taught is concerned. In addition to this, students can learn and build their English vocabulary through the social media platforms. By so doing, they will grow in their communication skills and be better placed to deal with different communication barriers that many people have to contend with.
Social media is slowly turning into an integral part of our classrooms not only in Malaysia but around the globe. There is no doubt that these platforms have their own share of negative impacts when it comes to learning. For example, it is possible for students to lose concentration in classroom since they know that the information being taught will be available to them later. Besides, the online discussions might not have the equal measures of flavour as those done inside traditional classrooms where teachers and students are engaged in a face to face, interactive forum. This notwithstanding, social media has helped bring some changes within the education sector and thus has become an important tool as far as impartation of education is concerned.