Social media is a fundamental part of daily life for most people. Schools are no exception. Recently, many schools have started tapping social media to provide better service and assistance to teachers and students.
The most common social media sites nowadays are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. These sites are not only easy to use and easy to access but most certainly, almost anyone can join. Here are some of the benefits of using social media in schools.
Social media builds online communities
Building an online community is a good opportunity for everyone in school to keep in touch. Even without physically being on campus, students and teachers can find out what the current events are and what everyone is up to at school.
Being affiliated with a certain institution makes it easier to find and get to know people. There is an option on Facebook that lets the user indicate the school where he or she goes or have gone. Thus, it makes it easier to reconnect with people who have already graduated in the case of planning reunions or school gathering.
Facebook has a feature to create groups. Groups can facilitate better group discussion and sharing. Meetings can become more convenient.
Utilize social media for as bulletin boards for announcements
Since most of the school population has access to social media, it is one good venue for announcements. Posts can be viral, and the administration can take advantage of this information dissemination tool. At the click of a button or at a gentle tap on the screen, the administration can save time, effort, energy, and even paper, in spreading urgent concerns to parents and the whole community.
Schools planning to publicize enrollment procedures are also advised to go set up an account online. If anybody is interested to enroll in a school, they can easily check out the school’s Facebook. Twitter’s 140-character limit can also give back speedy short and concise replies.
Social media as a tool for education
Social media is also a platform where students, teachers, and administrators share insights to one another. Commenting, sharing, posting, etc. can be fun. There are a lot of articles online that can be linked and shared. Posting students’ projects, such as art works, performances, and other activities online can also boost the confidence of students. Letting them know that a lot of people have viewed and liked their works can be an act of praise.
It also connects students from all over the world. A school from another country might stumble upon it and be inspired from it. It is an informal yet educational way of communicating. It is a way of starting or continuing an intellectual discussion without being inside the classroom.
As for teachers, you can use the student portal Blackboard as a medium for storing readings and presentations. Students can just easily log in with their username and password. Students and teachers can thus save on paper by opting softcopy learning materials.
Social media and responsible posting
There are some responsibilities that come with the freedom of participating in social media. Some students might be too young to create accounts or to have smartphones or laptops. In this case, the parents are the ones that need to have an account. This will also ensure parental supervision in all social media-related activities.
Teachers can also impose house rules in class so that social media won’t interfere with classroom-related activities. Responsible use is the key in ensuring that social media use is only for the benefit of the students and the school.
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