It is evident that social media plays a prominent role in our education system. From Facebook to Twitter to blogs to Wiki projects, they are all widely used in classrooms to keep the communication highway open, instant and up-to-date and to create social networking. It is best depicted in this following picture. Please click HERE to view picture.
Whether it is in education or in our daily lives, we are constantly surrounded by many different social media options that cater to our information and communication needs. Social media gives people (i.e. students) a voice. Blogs are great for posting ideas or concerns a student may have and then allowing others to respond to it. Wiki projects promote collaborative learning, teamwork, and organization. However, there are many who are opposed to social media in education as they argue that the physical part of interaction between people is no longer present. Is this good or bad? Well, I guess it all depends on the person’s preference and the outcomes of the situation.
With a positive and a negative side of social media in education present, one must see which side plays a more prominent role in their practice of the tools. However, it is important for one to engage themselves in some knowledge of the different social media tools available currently. I don’t think it is possible to fully escape the reality of the role of social media in education. Just sending a simple e-mail is considered as a social media tool and I believe that everyone has sent an e-mail in their educational lifetime.
I believe that social media plays an important role in our educational system. However, I think the choice of usage is solely dependent on the instructor’s teaching needs and methods. In my baking field, physical interaction is the most important aspect in demonstrations and practical work. Therefore, I don’t find the usage of different social media as eminent in my classroom. However, I have found showing the appropriate YouTube video to be a very effective and will always find a way to incorporating that into my classes.