Social media is taking off in the 21st century. Nowadays, social media is not used to stay connected with friends and family but also for other purposes like professional learning and researching.
Recently, the involvement of social media in education has increased greatly. With the presence of social media in education industry, teaching has changed drastically. Social media became important not just for students but also for the teachers. However, nor all the parents and even teachers consider social media an important part of nowadays education. They think it can do more harm than benefit. But if used cautiously, social media is a great tool for gaining knowledge. But how can social media help students and teachers?
What this means? Information literacy means having the ability to recognize the quality of information. In this digital era, this point is crucial. There is so much information in the internet that it is usually too hard to differentiate between quality information and a bad one. Although, there is no particular way to learn how to analyse the quality of information, but it can be possible only when guided by teachers.
The strict guidance of teachers can help students learn to differentiate between quality and false information. After collecting the information, students should be able to synthesize and present. The best outcome of analyzing the social media can be development of analytical and critical thinking in students. In this process, the role of the teacher is too important. The good teacher will guide, will help students to learn which information is better to use.
Improved communication skills
Social media, like Facebook can help a lot in improving communication skills, as well as in general. Educators can use Facebook to set up the pages related to their lesson plans. Using Facebook, students can communicate easily, even shy students can participate more actively. Through Google Hangout or Skype, teachers can easily start discussions or debate with their students.All these social media platforms assist teachers to increase communication with their students.
Effective lesson plans
Lesson planning is an easy task when social media marketing tools are used. One can use Instagram or Pinterest, which enables teachers to easily upload photos and graphics related to their lesson plan. Also, social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook can be used to guide students in research projects with links. Teachers can easily use YouTube to record and upload lessons or sessions. So, now it is evident that Social Media can have great impact on education process.