With the ubiquity of social media, especially among young people, it’s no wonder SM’s influence in the school system is under discussion. More recently, though, it’s not so much under discussion for cyberbullying (which is definitely still a problem), rather it’s being examined for its positive effects on learning!
“From elementary school to college, social media is empowering students, parents and teachers to share information in new ways and build a new sense of community.”
We all know essays follow a formula, but what if students are challenged to make a blog post like this? Or, like one New Jersey teacher did, have students “discuss the stages of meiosis on Twitter, using a shared hashtag”? The creative possibilities for learning in the modern world are endless.
Also, it doesn’t have to be limited to students. Staff and administrators can use it to spread information (who else would have preferred a tweeted update about a snow day instead of frantically refreshing the school webpage or listening intently to local morning radio?) It can build teacher-family relations so that parents know what’s happening for school events, issues, or programs. There is huge opportunity to build a stronger, closer school community!
It’s only logical at this point that social media in the classroom isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so maybe it should be embraced.