Social Media & Education A Distraction or a Beneﬁt? Presentation by: Jamie Anne Vaughan @jamie_vaughanImage by: SaMtRoNiKa - Flickr
Facebook was originally created as a networking tool speciﬁcally for students of Harvard University in 2004.Image by: juanpg - Flickr
Since then, it has opened its membership up to everyone worldwide and boasts over 600 million users.Image by: FotoRita - Flickr
Social media hasgrown to become astaple in people’severyday lives -some claiming theycannot go a day, oreven mere hours,without checkingtheir proﬁles. Image by: Xraijs_ - Flickr
Image ...and theirSome believe use isFacebook and becomingother social somewhatmedia sites of anposses epidemicaddictive amongqualities... university students.
A global media study done by “the world UNPLUGGED”, Image by: vaXzine - Flickr asked students from 10 countries to go 24 hours without media.
Image by: Emilie Ogez - FlickrSurprisingly, the results were conclusive of social media being addictive - many students could not go 24 hours without media, while others reported symptoms of addiction. Source: the world UNPLUGGED in partnership with International Center for Media & the Public Affairs (ICMPA) survey of 24 hours without media.
With these results, is there any room for good uses ofsocial media in universities or classrooms? Image by: clevercupcakes - Flickr
Image by: KEXINO - FlickrCreated to support networking... ...sites, like Facebook and Twitter, are fantastic tools for keeping in touch with family and friends while away at school.
Image by: EngComm - FlickrBut what about in an academic environment? Can social media, and more speciﬁcally Facebook, be beneficial to learning?
Some students believe it is not possible - stating that it becomes a distraction. Image by: teddy-rised - Flickr
Image by: tyfn - FlickrAs well, they believethat requiring studentsto join Facebookcreates aprivacy issue. Source: Michael Wong - Facebook & Education - http://ctlt.ubc.ca/2009/01/30/facebook-and-education/
However, others feel that Facebook can be extremely beneficial to students and learning. Image by: ZeRo’SKiLL - Flickr
Image by: tronathan - Flickr It can be used to promote engagement and collaboration - through discussion groups.
Image by: Sixth Lie - FlickrUsing social media in class gives students who are shy theopportunity to state their opinions - and, depending on the class, earn participation marks. Source: Gabriel Tripp - Speaking Up in Class, Silently, Using Social Media - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/13/education/13social.html?_r=4&smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto
Image by: European Parliment - FlickrTeachers, andprofessors, knowthat students arealready utilizingsocial media.So why notcommunicate tostudents throughsomething theyare alreadyfamiliar with?
Image by: marcovdz - FlickrStudents are using social media and Facebook to raise awareness about events and groups - both on and off campus.
Queen’s University students create Facebook pages for theincoming class of students and use the page as a place fornew students to ask questions, and meet other students. Image by: Images History - Flickr
Image by: Chad Podoski - Flickr Another positive point for the use of social media inthe classroom is the knowledge that the technology is here to stay.
Image by: fensterbme - Flickr As well, many large companies are turning to social media for promotion and advertising, and are looking to hire students that have an extensive knowledge of the platforms.
By introducing students to blogs, wikis, RSS feeds,etc. at an early age, educators are able to betterprepare their students. Image by: Sylvain_LaTouche
As social media continues to grow in popularity andusefulness, is it unreasonable to think that social media will become a staple in education? Image by: William & Mary Law Library - Flickr
What are your thoughts? Could social media become a very useful tool in the classroom or lecture hall? Image by: JStove - Flickr
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