New technology is an important facet of modern education. Computer-Based Learning, or CBT, for example, has been around since the 1980s (“Computers in the classroom”, (n.d.). The Internet has also become an important resource for students and teachers. So where does social media fit into today’s classrooms? Believe it or not, “The possibility for instantaneous communication worldwide leads students to extend their learning and thinking by collaborating with others within and beyond the classroom. Students can broaden their learning into new realms through interconnected cooperation with other people, whether students, teachers, or experts,” (De Vries, M., 2018). So get out your phones, and start learning! Here are 10 ways to use social media for training and education.
Use social media for content collaboration between students. “Social media applications are allowing for increased student collaboration via shared content development … Online applications such as Facebook, Edmodo, wikis, and blogging offer students an open source location to post, reexamine, edit, and communicate content to others globally in ways that are familiar to the millennial and Z generations,” (De Vries, M., 2018).
While we’re on the subject of collaboration, microblogging, Twitter-style, helps students brainstorm ideas for their projects. Learning groups can even use any social media platform’s “like” or emoji features to upvote ideas. (De Vries, M., 2018).
Supplement classroom lectures with “virtual field trips, simulations, supplementary video lectures from YouTube, social media contact with global experts, and video teleconferences with other classrooms around the world,“ (De Vries, M., 2018).
Even better, have students create their own instructional YouTube videos to demonstrate their learning. Demonstrating what we learn can help students consolidate new information. “[P]articipation in the YouTube channel project had a positive and significant effect on both crosscurricular competencies and academic performance,“ (Orús, C. et al., p. 263).
LMAO did u know Twitter can halp ppl learn language skills? Yep! “Some [studies] suggested that Twitter use can improve linguistic competence and help develop reading and writing skills,” (M.S. Khine, 2017, p. 8).
As a research, survey, and interview tool, social media can connect students with subject matter experts and populations grouped by region, interest, or any number of categories. (M.S. Khine, 2017, p. 5).
Increase student-teacher engagement outside of the classroom. “[W]hen students are required to use Twitter and faculty connects with them regularly, there is an increase in student engagement and grades. “ (M.S. Khine, 2017, p. 6).
Use virtual communities for truly social, reflective learning. “[P]articipants in an informal online community developed meaning together as they ‘noted their experiences, reinterpreted these experiences together, theorized by creating abstractions and explanations and questioned the assumptions of others’,” (Eppard, J., 2017, pp. 33-34).
For an immersive learning experience, be aware that Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) affect learner retention differently. "VR is more immersive and engaging ... However, AR seems to be a more effective medium for conveying auditory information ... possibly because of increased cognitive demands associated with immersive experiences," (Huang et al., 2019).
Choose the appropriate platform for each type of learning. Siakas et al. (2017), provide a useful table that shows which social media sites promote various "learning aspects."
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