Social media has been influencing our lives for quite sometime and now the trend of using it is ever increasing day by day. It is used by the people as a platform to interact among each other, share personal photos, videos, view & reviews on different topics of daily life, politics, sports, markets and much more through the internet with the devices like computers, tablets, cell phones etc.
Education is no exception In using social media. We know that education has been dependent largely on the print and electronic media for quite sometime, but those media are expensive due to lesser availability, on the other hand, social media is inexpensive and easily available. Now most of the instructors and professors use YouTube to show students different kinds of videos related to their subjects and hence their productivity has gone miles ahead of what it used to be before. As students use Facebook now a days, so educators have come up with this idea of making a common page for all the students to share the updates regarding any changes in class schedule, date due for assignment submission and quizzes etc. It helps students to keep in touch with their educators and ask about the difficulties in the courses while sitting at home. This does not stop there, it also promotes team work, when students are due to submit any kind of group project, they can communicate with each other better and share their files and comments on the same page.
Now students don’t need to carry heavy books: they can browse collaborative media sources like Wikipedia anytime, and get to know about it. It serves as a dictionary not only for the students but also for the instructors. The most important aspect of the social media is that they promote open discussion about things.
There are countless benefits of Social media that can be applied to Education. For example, if an educator from Asia comes into contact with the educator of Europe, both can exchange their views and also they can exchange the best practices.
To summarize, we can say that if Social media can be utilized in a positive manner, we can see big role of Social media in Education.