Social media networking platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, have become an integral part of our everyday life for the majority of the people across the globe, and indeed school establishments are no exception. In recent times, many school institutions have started embracing social media to serve students by providing more improves service and academic support to learners and teachers. These platformsare becoming increasingly more integrated within a variety of educational tools and apps. Real-time news feeds and instant accessibility make social media networking platforms an innovative tool that can be efficiently used by students, but because of its dynamic nature, it cannot be very easy for school establishments to keep up and compensate.
Nowadays, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagramare the most popular social media channels. These channels are veryuser-friendlyand hence anyone can join and use them with ease.
The purpose of this article is to present some crucial benefits of integrating social media into school system.
- Social Media Builds Online Communities
Social media builds online communities and it is one of the crucial benefits. Building an online community is indeed an excellent opportunity for all studying in school to interact and communicate. Now, students do not need to attend campus physically, instead students and teachers can easily find out the on-going events in the school by using social media platforms.
Being associated with a specific institution makes it quite easier to find and become familiar with people. Facebook has a feature allowing the user to indicate the institution where he or she goes or have gone. Hence, users can easily reconnect with people who have already completed their graduation. Moreover, Facebook also gives option to create groups, and it means that the users can join groups that promote better group discussion and sharing.
- UseSocial Media As Bulletin Boards
Since the majority of the school establishments have easy access to social media, they can also use social media as bulletin boards for announcements. Posts (announcements) can be viral, and the establishments can benefit from this information dissemination educational app. By simply clicking a button or tapping on the screen, the establishments can benefit by saving a large amount of valuable time, energy, and even paper, andsending urgent concerns to students’ parents / guardians.
School establishments planning to call attention by publicizing procedures of enrollment are also recommended to create an online account. To enroll in a school, an individual can visit the school’s Facebook easily. 140-character limit of Twitter can also give back quickand brief responses.
- Social Media As An EducationTool
Social media platforms are usually used by students, teachers, as well as school administrators to share insights to each other, and indeed posting, responding by commenting, sharing, etc. can be pleasurable. They can link and share lots of articles online with each other. Teachers post academic projects completed by students, such as homework assignments, performances, art works, and many other academic and non-academic activities online and this approach has the strong potential to boost the learners’ confidence. When students see a lot of people have observed them online and acknowledged works done by them can be an act of compliment.
Social media platforms also connect students from across the globe. A school establishment from another country might come across it and be inspired from it. Students can informally communicate their educational or academic problems and share insights, and hence it can be said that it is an informal but educational communication approach. And indeed communication via social media is an approach to develop and continue a scholarlydebate online with ease and comfort.
Moreover, teachers can easily learnhow to benefit from social media platforms and by learning it, a teacher is making him/her more aware of problematic issues faced by students. If a student complainsa teacher a fellow student is harassing him over Twitter, doing something (tweeting), how can you probe the situation unless you are familiar with how to search profiles and send messages yourself?
- Social Media for Responsible Posting
There are some responsibilities coming with the autonomy of taking part in social media. It has been found that some students are too young and they might create social media accounts or to have their own advanced smartphones or laptops, and post unreasonable content. So, to tackle this situation effectively parents have the responsibility to have an account. This approach will make sure tight parental supervision in their children’s social mediaactivities.
Teachers also have the responsibility to impose house rules and regulations in classroom setting so that the unreasonable use of social media by students would not disturb the classroom activities. Responsible use of social media platforms is indeed the key in making sure that responsible use of social media websites is only for the benefit of the learners and the school establishments.