Social media has changed the way we used to share information. It’s about time we give it the credit it deserves and finds a way to integrate into the education system.
Social media empowers everyone including parents, teachers and students. It’s an effective way to share information and build a community. According to one study, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular online platforms among teens. Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly’.
Some use it for only for entertainment but it can also promote positive and useful activities. For instance, students use it to find information, promote a positive story, share something useful, collaborate with projects and what not.
Implementation in school
Schools have different policies when it comes to adopting social media. It is a basic concern that it uses to share information and organise tasks. But it is also a reason for lack of attention students pay to their class and teachers.
The increase in adoption of social media is high as ever and students devote a considerable portion of their time to social media. They connect on it after school. It is acceptable for teachers, but they can’t stand children using it during class.
Well, it’s a matter of practicability because teachers can use an online universe to communicate with their students. There is no use for a case study on the use of social media in educational institutes. You need to walk down the hallway and see children of all ages are lost in their smartphones.
They are busy browsing their feed, sharing stuff on Instagram and sending each other SnapChat messages. This has become an important part of their lives. Organisations like EDsmart.org shows how schools can do it.
How can teachers make their place in this realm?
Many learning management systems have been utilising the concept of online learning for years. Yes, these systems were in place for more than a decade. This is nothing new but it never enjoyed mainstream adoption, and we intend to change it. Teachers need to use changed technology to improve the learning process for their students. It helps the pupil to react positively.
It is crucial that teachers adapt to the way students are doing things. It is an important part of the whole educational process. It makes sense when a teacher is strict about homework but does little to nothing to ensure the students follow suit.
This helps the teacher get an insight into what their students are doing. It also lets student open up and share their opinion on important matters.
Strengthen your community
Using online platforms can help you strengthen your community. It will help improve the teacher-student bond. You can integrate social media by sharing important news, updates about upcoming events, holding a meeting with parents, etc.
It is a channel of communication because we are living in a fast-paced world today. Communication is vital, so you need all the help you can get.
Dennis Relojo is the founder of Psychreg and is also the Editor-in-Chief of Psychreg Journal of Psychology. Aside from PJP, he sits on the editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals, and is a Commissioning Editor for the International Society of Critical Health Psychology. A Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, Dennis holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Hertfordshire. His research interest lies in the intersection of psychology and blogging. You can connect with him through Twitter @DennisRelojo and his website.