Rather than the creation of a singular writer, “Why We Post: Social Media Through The Eyes Of The World” is a single submission serving as an aggregate article showcasing different viewpoints. Featuring mostly video testimony, the primary focus, as the article title indicates, is how social media contributes to or detracts from the education of people around the world.
Social media benefits a Brazilian by connecting him to the accounts, both Facebook and Youtube, of a particular stylist from whom he learns how to cut hair. An educator from England stresses that social media is an invaluable asset that enhances communication between parents, teachers, and students. Social Media’s beneficence is also supported by a young Indian man’s story. As counter-arguments, examples from China and Turkey cite that Social Media is a detractor to education while Italy adopts a contradictory stance, suggesting that social media is a potentially negative influence but encourage youth to embrace the new technology.
Brian Hughes, a guest writer for Entrepreneur’s magazine and website, shifts the conversation about the role social media can play in education. With students being connected to each other and the outside world now more than ever, the possibilities of integrating these technologies into the classroom are evident; in some cases, it’s already happening. Educators can find ways to better engage their students and enhance their learning by incorporating social media platforms. Technology is constantly changing, which means education is changing as well. Teachers are finding creative ways to use these platforms for developing homework assignments, connecting with fellow students, and even engaging with more parents. Hughes says the bottom line is that “social media is poised to power a new education revolution.”
Link to article: How Social Media is Reshaping Today’s Education System
Six Ways to Use Social Media in Education
If you’re an instructor and have been thinking about bringing social media into your classroom this short little guide complied by Lynne O’Brien, Ph.D. is a great way to get some helpful guidance and some different ideas how to use different platforms and introduce social media to your students other that what they already know about using it in their personal lives. From using Google Hangout for making study groups for students to having your students use Twitter to give you real-time feedback on how they are understanding discussions this guide will help.
Lynne O’Brien has since retired since this article was written. She was the Associate Vice Provost for Online Education Initiatives at Duke University for three years. Before she took on the Vice Provost role she was the Director for Academic Technology Instructional Services at the Library on the campus of Duke University. This article is part of the blog section in the website for the Duke University Online Education Initiative.
The way that she articulates the lay out of this article is in a numbered list form. To accompany her initial tip, she offers additional resources like other articles that will take a deeper look into the tip or suggestions about bringing social media into the classroom. The way that she has this laid out is really helpful to the reader because this allows them to pick and choose what tip or suggestion they want to explore further without having to read an entire article until they find what they are looking for.
This article produced by the National Education Association (written by Emma Chadband), explains many benefits that social media brings to the classroom and actually gives suggestions as to how this medium can be used in the classroom. I really liked how there were suggested activities as well as suggested social media sites to use!
This article by Matt Kapko discusses the challenges of social media in the classroom. Kapko discusses how social media reinforces childrens’ obsession with themselves in terms of instant gratification and the selfie cultures as well as how difficult it can be in the classroom.
Kapko does say that social media can be helpful, but it’s possible it can cause more harm and benefits.
Neil Selwyn originally published the essay “Social Media in Higher Education” in The Europa World of Learning as an outline for educational institutions, throughout the world, to use and learn about social media and how to use it effectively.
Selwyn breaks his essay into important chunks all relating to the understanding of social media: How it affects the types of learners, the new type of learning, and how it affects new forms of higher education provision. Selwyn gives theories on how to make better sense of social media and it’s relationship with higher education and then, predicts what may be coming next.