Does Social Media Belong In Classrooms?

There was a moment in time were students were subjected to a limited amount of literature in the classroom. Soon enough they would graduate from high school and go out to finding a job or searching for a university to attend. At last, the person would be able to start a career and build a family. Millennials are immersed in social media and attempt to start a business online at as early as the age of sixteen. Such is the case of Noa Mintz, who began her career at the age of ten by conducting children’s art classes through the summertime for a small fee. She then used social media to found a children’s party planning business but soon enough became the 16-year-old founder of Nannies by Noa, an online agency that specializes in pairing NYC families with qualified nannies. She is not the first nor will she be the last entrepreneur to build a career at such a young age.

Technology is conceiving a new generation where students can benefit from feasible platforms and the variety of features these have to offer. I want to specify that technology is not changing the content learned in the classroom; however, it is converting the way in which the material is being taught. The rapid diffusion of social media over a few short years changed job roles for news reporters, PR people, marketers and others in a wide variety of positions (Lipschultz 10). It continues to create new opportunities for those engaging in a proactive use of social media. Although there are numerous reasons indicating how and why social media usage should be promoted in every classroom, the truth is that by doing so we are crafting more than what an academic scene and textbooks can offer.

All careers initiate in the classroom. For example; a student would need to first understand the basics of math, prior to being able to manage various accounts in a bank or balancing the money at the register.  Integrating social media has allowed teachers a source to develop student interaction in and out of classroom hours. Teachers can offer innovative learning experiences that naturally immerse a student with others who emerge from different cultural backgrounds. A second contribution teachers gain from integrating social media, is its ability to prepare the younger population for the professional world with the use of visually attractive e-learnings, along with websites/apps such as DIY; a platform where students can design, build and share new ideas. It is the new starting point for possible young entrepreneurs to engage and learn from an un-measurable amount of experts, consumers, and other stakeholders. Social media has allowed for teachers to circulate their expertise among each other to ensure scientific knowledge to expand the academical growth of each scholar. Teachers can gather students of multiple ages and diverse backgrounds to raise awareness of topics that are impacting each community at a time. Last yet not least, social media has proportioned new tools that allow students to face challenges with confidence in their abilities. An example of this was the practice of keeping a journal. A  journal is a timeline of events. Teachers frequently assign this to all students due to its ability to promote writing while also being a source to enhance communication from student to teacher and vice versa. Students were instructed to complete daily entries, and these were kept confidential in a teacher’s cabinet. Not only was this a waste of paper and time, but journal entries were not performed with the same effort students are now writing with. This was because students were not comfortable with their personal experiences possibly being exposed to other classmates if placed within the wrong person’s reach. With this being said, students would limit their entry to one paragraph at most. Blogging and the inclusion of privacy settings, autocorrect and other innovative features such as emojis, encourage many to blog and display their work to obtain feedback.

     Social media continues to contribute towards collaborative learning. It adds a simplified version to exchange information eventually increasing group cooperation. The classroom as we once knew it, is under continuous reconstruction to facilitate research, use of learned academics, and memory storage in each alumni. Bringing social media into the classroom is to feed scholar practice and participation with minimal difficulty due to the impact SM is already causing on today’s youth. A traditional form of educating can promote a future professional’s academic needs, however;  integrating social media in this same classroom will serve as the tool to practice and flourish.

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