In recent times, social media and technology have become an indispensable part of our lives. Students use various online tools to enhance their learning. It won’t be wrong to say that social media and education go hand in hand in the modern world.
According to a recent study, more and more teachers around the world are integrating social media into their classrooms to engage students both online and in person. In short, we can say that social media shapes and influences the way students learn and interact today.
HOW SOCIAL MEDIA EXCITES STUDENTS
Social media interference, whether through live streaming an event, liking, or commenting on a post, seems to excite students more than a normal classroom setup where the Sharing student resources has its limits.
It can further be said that sharing messages and information with other students, rather than simply submitting assignments to the teacher, fosters deeper engagement and the drive to perform better.
It encourages students to try harder due to online presence and constant peer review. Sharing photos on social networks, browsing news feeds, sending messages on chat applications are now part of everyday life for students.
Here are three simple yet effective ways to incorporate social media into classroom activity:
1. USE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS TO LIVE STREAM LECTURES AND HOST DISCUSSIONS
Teachers can create class groups and livestream lessons, post discussion questions, assign assignments, and make class announcements.
This would contribute to better student participation during school holidays. It can also serve as a reminder for homework/project and even homework submissions.
At the same time, teachers should maintain professional conduct and refrain from sending personal or friendly requests to students. Parents should also be tagged in emails to maintain transparency when using social media.
2. A STRONGER COMMUNITY THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
School administration and principals can use social media as an example of an effective communication channel, share school news and achievements via social media, hold online meetings with parents or even use the social media platform to launch new initiatives and projects for the school.
Parents seeking admission usually check the school’s activities on its social media pages, so let’s not miss this opportunity. At our school, social media pages and posts are student-driven, which helps students develop their creative skills.
3. LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
LMS is networking software that offers educational programs for schools and colleges. Social media learning in LMS can include instant chat features, videos, forums for sharing information, and other educational resources to help students.
The LMS system enhances student participation and facilitates collaboration on team projects. This system exists to address issues related to students and learning in order to improve education programs.
Other benefits of social learning are live conferencing systems, webinar capability, sharing group notices, blogging and much more.
When it comes to social media, schools tend to take a different approach. They are generally considered to be useful when it comes to sharing information related to school tasks. And at the same time, social networks are criticized for the lack of attention of students during class.
There is a growing trend of adopting social media in school that is starting to show. It is widely believed that students already spend a lot of time on social media and connecting with others outside of class time, why not turn it around and use it for the benefit of the students and welcome it into schools as well? schools?
-Article by Sakina Qasim Zaidi, Principal, Orchids – The International School, Panathur Branch, Bengaluru