Social media and digital education
Social media at times proves to be of great help for students. Students today use it nearly for all types of communication-related requirements in their life, right from staying connected with friends to discussing their homework.
Considering this fact, some schools today are also teaching students social media etiquette and rules. Some educators say that interactions on social media are quite positive and schools can even have a dedicated Facebook page for their students to communicate.
Students on their school’s FB page can create private groups to share both class and academic information with each other. Teachers can either be friends with students on Facebook or simply communicate in groups and focus on academic objectives.
Mona Mehdi, principal of Orchids International School, Hyderabad, says that she has a dedicated school’s Facebook page. Despite having an IT person to handle the same, she herself checks it on a daily basis and encourages students to interact keeping in mind the cyber world etiquette. She adds, “We can through the medium of social media give life examples for illustrating the legal and ethical issues arising with the usage of the same.”
In fact, students in higher classes can be encouraged to use various social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, to help develop or explore the professional network they want to enter in the future. It will ultimately help them gather information and sources before they even enter the respective field.
Social media is an advantageous way to enhance connection among students, as it eliminates the requirement for physical presence and brings all students closer. It is immensely beneficial in sharing important announcements and discussions to keep students and even teachers updated.
In fact, a Facebook page can help popularize school events across the world, encouraging participants and developing a school spirit. Parents can also find it much more feasible in interacting at times with the school through the social media.