Schools use Facebook and Twitter to promote themselves as well as recruit students
68% of students use social media to research schools 38% use it as a resource when deciding where to enroll. 55% use Facebook to research a school’s background. Maintaining accounts that allow for conversations between the school and prospective, current, and former students is important for promoting the universitys culture.
Facebook and Twitter are becoming part of the classroom experience. 91% of college faculty engage in social media as part of their work, as opposed to 47% in other industries.
Create a Twitter feed for class so you can tweet about upcoming assignments, events, etc. Connect with other schools, classrooms, teachers to build a community and increase communication. Record lessons and put them on youtube so students can review them Create a class blog for students to share ideas, ask for help and build community with each other
Teachers can use sites like Pinterest to share ideas for their classroom.
Social learning theory- studies show that people learn most effectively when they interact with other learners. Facebook, Twitter, blogs can become “virtual study group”. Social media can attract young learners Allows for engaging classroom activities where students can interact and share ideas with each other.
Enhances student engagement—student may be more comfortable commenting on Facebook or a blog then in class. Improve communication between students and teachers Prepares students for successful employment—use LinkedIn to make contacts, follow businesses on Facebook to hear important developments in their field.
Social media can be a distraction during class, especially for younger students. Cyber-bullying. Discourages face-to-face communication. Students could be viewing material that is inappropriate for the classroom- especially for younger students. Privacy issues and parental concerns.
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