Understanding the Importance of Social Networking
Let’s admit, it is hard to resist the urge to track your teacher’s account in social networks. If you can’t find your tutor’s profile, he or she is probably one of those 30% of people who doesn’t use networks in their personal life.
According to the Pearson Research Group, the survey results show that over 70% of instructors and tutors have social network accounts. Surprisingly, but only 41% of them use social networks as a medium for teaching a class.
While social net workingis largely associated with fun and all sorts of entertainment, employing teaching methods that involve social media is a key to increasing students’ interest in their academic life. However, a great percentage of teachers reluctantly agree to take this opportunity. Mostly, teachers feel inhabitant to use social networks because of their non-academic nature. Recentstudies show that there are positive outbreaks of social networking effects.
Think about it. You are sitting through a math class given a task to resolve cases or equations. As a part of the task, the teacher asks you to twit the results that go right to the screen. Wouldn’t it make your class much less daunting? Thismethod has been successfully incorporated in Thai public schools.
The bottom line for using social media as a teaching tool is that they play acrucial role in today’s daily life. Unfortunately, those old-school teachers can hardly realize how it is all important to us, the students. They need to understand that the common venue for students now is not a library but Facebook page.
Did you know how an average owner of Facebook account checks his or her page? Fourteen times a day. In fact, almost 80% of users logs in within 30 minutes after waking up. Certainly, teachers cannot allow students use social media for entertainment in classrooms. But they must be involved for studying, shouldn’t they?
Teachers can’t keep turning blind eye on the fact that we are drawn to social media. While teachers are trying to find jaw-dropping teaching methods and tools, social networks are right in front of them. There is a bunch of possibilities that social media can bring to class. Students can twit, share links, join study communities. With the constructive approach, using social networks in class is a winning strategy.
There is no need to figure out what will make us study social networks. The idea of education to prepare us for the bright future makes no sense without incorporating a proper study of modern technologies. Many large companies would rather prefer to take on board someone with knowledge in thetech sphere.
Teachers need to integrate network studies in the curriculum while they are stillgaining momentum.