The use of social-media for socialization and as a pastime (to the extent of “wasting time”) is well known. But considering that many social media applications (e.g. Facebook) had their origins in the academic setting, it is interesting to assess the repercussions of social media on education. Several user friendly social media platforms are now being considered for use in classrooms.
- A study found that the use of social media in education increased by as much as 21.3% from 2012 to 2013.
- More than half of all students all over the world use at least one social media platform.
- Most school principals perceive social networking to be “very valuable” in terms of “improving school-wide communications with staff, students, and parents”.
- A 2013 case study showed that social media alone cannot influence cognitive and metacognitive development in learners.
- Another important challenge in the use of social media in learning and education isonline safety and security, especially of children and young people.
Incorporating social media into teaching can undoubtedly empower the educator to disseminate knowledge better, but in order to fully exploit the medium, careful consideration must be given to the objectives of the learning activities in a holistic and pedagogically meaningful way.
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