Social Media is a catch-all phrase that includes anything which allows for a person to interact with others (and information) through the use of the internet. Social Media exposes us to new information, knowledge, and culture in ways that were not possible without it. Social Media over the last 10 years has been sneaking into every aspect of our lives due to smartphone usages.
Business Insider lists the top apps for this year Facebook Messenger is rapidly becoming the most used messaging app, it allows people to connect whether it’s through Facebook of SMS (text messaging through your cell phone) It has over 700 million users worldwide.
Along with messenger apps, that allow you to talk to your friends and family, there are also live streaming apps like Facebook Live and periscope. Apps like Facebook live allow people to stream news and important events from anywhere, it has been used in several high-profile cases in the last year.
But there are also “idea” sharing sites like Pinterest and Instagram. Instant new apps like Twitter allows you to follow what is happening now in your area of interest. It allows people to have a voice.
Social Media, if we like it or not, is where people get their news, knowledge and non-formal education. For instance, my 10-year-old niece wanted to learn how to draw a character from Pokémon and she went and found a YouTube video that helped her. Because there are many people on YouTube generating videos, she was able to select the style of video that would help her the most.
Using social media in a classroom can help students, think critical, develop analytical skills, and develop their research style. Before thinking about using Social Media in the classroom you should consider the following.
- FERPA – Protects students private records like grades. This means that student grades, or feedback, should be published online. Grades should be handled through protected means like the LMS or college email. Also, consider students privacy, by allowing students to register anonymously or with a pseudonym when registering on a particular site. You might want to review netiquette requirements and talk about professionalism.
- If students do not wish to have an online footprint then allow for alternative submission.
- Check your own online footprint and see if you want to create separate accounts for personal and educational.
- Check the reason why you want to use social media
Here are some great websites about the use of Social Media in the college classroom.
Social Media Library , Educause
Is Your Use of Social Media FERPA Compliant? (From 2014) Educause review
How I Teach Social Media in My University Classroom, Hootsuite blog, Karen Freberg
Social Media: You’re Probably Doing it Wrong Inside Higher Ed
Importance of Social Media in Higher Education, Ed Tech Review
25 Awesome Social Media Tools for Education, Inform Ed
99 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom [Updated], Online College
50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom, Teachhub.com
50 Ways to Use Twitter in the College Classroom, Center for Online education
Using Pinterest in the College Classroom, Pinterest
Snapchat as a tool (NPR)