Social Media And The Classroom

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Kimberly M. Eclevia Watts Ms. Mary Bergita English 101 April 7, 2017 Social Media in the Classroom With the advancement of mobile devices, social media has become ubiquitous that it has significantly changed the way people communicate. It has helped connect people with each other instantly, anytime and anywhere in the world. It also has changed the way news and other literatures are created, shared, and consumed. Some colleges and even employers look at a candidate’s digital presence. There is no part of life that social media does not touch. Social media is everywhere and it has been a popular topic of discussion, especially in the field of education. Several educational institutions are breaking new ground and are enthusiastic…show more content…
They are the associative learning theory, cognitivist learning theory, situative learning theory, constructivist learning theory, and phenomenographic learning theory (Thota, 2015). These theories influence educational institutions perspective on social media, but the most cited theory used to advocate for the use of social media in education is the constructivist theory, which suggests that humans construct knowledge rather than acquiring it. According to the constructivist learning theory, “constructivism (technique) can help engage and motivate students by making them take a more active role in the learning process” (Davey, 2015) which social media provides plenty of opportunity. Social media is also a portal to panels of experts where they can engage with. Google live gets utilized by plenty of educators around the world for teaching purposes. Furthermore, social media applications such as Wikis, YouTube, and online forums or discussion boards provide students to get involved with creating contents, contest and consider their peers’ contributions while interactions between students are automatically recorded and can be monitored by a teacher. “The particular potential of social media is that they induce and support co-evolutionary processes that couple individual learning and collective knowledge construction” (Kimmerle, Joachim, et al). The interdisciplinary opportunities social media provide students the space to learn
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