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Published date: June 28, 2016 | 7:08 am | Posted by: seoonlinead
  • Location: Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India

How schools should use social media

Social media has become a radical part of daily life for many and schools are no exception. Currently, many educational institutes have initiated tapping social media to provide better service and aid to the teachers, students and parents.

Social media has revolutionized many industries, but it’s perhaps its impact on classroom, and the education system as a whole, that is the most striking. Whether it’s through the use of private social groups, Facebook pages, classroom Twitter profiles or blogs, school after school has embraced social networking; these channels can have a positive impact on grades. Let us discuss some of the benefits of Social Media in the classroom:

Educator benefits—

 Professional community of educators

 Encourages collaboration

 Exchange of information, ideas and best practices

 Exposure to technology-based ideas

 Encourage professional engagement, training and continuining education

 Promotion of inter-cultural and cross-cultural dialogue

Student benefits--

 Learn collaboration

 Development of 21st century skills

 Positive attitude towards technology

 Connections between online participation

 Stimulate engagement, discussion and understanding, e.g. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Skype

 Increase ‘academic’ or ‘educational’ networking

Parental benefits--

 Increase communication between teachers and students

 Involvement in the classroom and the curriculum

 Understanding class and teacher expectations

 Transparency for schools

Some of the examples of Social Media at work in the classroom are:

FACEBOOK (Classroom Page)

[Managed by teachers, viewed by students and parents]

 Post home work assignments- both students and parents know what is expected for the next class

 Share updates, changes, humorous stories, etc

 Increase the feel of community in classroom

 Increase communication between teachers and parents

BLOGGER (Classroom Blog)

[Moderated by teachers, written by students, read by students, teachers and parents]

 Writing Practice- requires students’ to map out their thoughts and express themselves

 Broader application beyond a writing assignment for the teacher- writings to be read by parents and classmate

 Private blogs can restrict to approved or invited subscribers such as teacher, parents, students and administrators

 Writing access can be restricted to the classroom

 Create a community feeling by providing a record of the year

PINTEREST (Classroom Account)

[Managed by teachers, viewed by students and parents]

 Show and tell for teachers and students to parents

 Pinning student’s work and classroom projects

TWITTER (Classroom Account)

[Managed by teachers, received by students and parents]

 Reminders- test, assignments due, field trips, conferences, supplies needed

 Lesson recaps

 Answer homework questions

 Connect students to other classmates and the teacher

 Increase communication between teachers and parents

This is an attempt made by Digiwale, a social media agency in Pune to make the educational institutes aware of the power and potential of social media and its effective use by the teachers, students and parents. Well, not only in Pune but all schools around the globe should start using it and social media agencies in Mumbai and elsewhere should **** the awareness. Hope this article will help you understand the power social media has and use it responsibly.

Digiwale

3 & 4, C Wing, Shalini Residency

Near Sai Sahwas Society , ICICI Bank, Karvenagar

Pune, Maharashtra 411052 India

Website - http://www.digiwale.com


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