How Social Media is Reshaping Today’s Education System

How Social Media is Reshaping Today’s Education System

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.



One thought on “How Social Media is Reshaping Today’s Education System

  1. Interesting articles. I personally find social media to be a double-edged sword when it comes to academia. When implemented well, it can create a more participatory learning environment and be engaging outside of the classroom. When done incorrectly, it feels like a chore that does not contribute to learning, and is instead a myriad of accounts for the student to manage along with a series of monotonous tasks better suited to personal time.

    I personally find an example of the latter to be twitter. While perhaps allowing a professor to share interesting facts or articles, in every social media class I have been involved with Twitter only serves as an extra chore, tacked on to the class syllabus to give the student something mindless to do. I cannot express myself meaningfully in a 240 character limit, and sharing links and articles I know no one will care to read makes the action feel meaningless. Not to mention most of my fellow student’s tweets are just a series of links and quotes that I haven’t the slightest care to get involved with.

    An example of social media implementation done right is when the media allows the student to feel as though they are capable of expressing their thoughts in a manner they can be proud of. As though they have truly done actual ‘work’. Three well-written, thought out blog posts is much more meaningful than three-hundred tweets of one-liners, links, and copy-pasted information. A huge facet of social media is personalization and user-created content. The infrastructure and general use of certain media like Reddit and Twitter does not often allow or facilitate creation. Usually, these websites are solely for sharing. In an academic context, I feel as though I should be doing much more than simply sharing already-created content, most of which will not be read by a single soul.


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