“How exactly is “Keshideh” pronounced?”
“Hear me: Ke like kept, shi like i in ship, deh like dent…now say it out aloud…yes, that is it.”
“Thanks man, see you for the class tomorrow at the same time.”
This is how a conversation went between students aged 8-12 in a cyber classroom at Skype. The kids were based out of Iran, London, and India, and were learning “Arabic” using today’s powerful media tools. They met randomly on a Facebook page discussing their desire to learn new languages.
YouTube, Skype, Facebook, and an Internet connection.Welcome to today’s world of “social” learning.
The moot question is whether social media hold several benefits for the educational sector, and there are several points that spell Y E S, as discussed below. The Chinese proverb “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand,” is an apt way to put how social media can help the education sector. It will make learning interactive and increase participation. The inclusion of technology in the classroom has effectively changed how a modern classroom operates. These web-based social networking sites are one among them.
Kids today are growing with Facebook, YouTube,Twitter, and Google twisted in their DNA along with the essential amino acids, and it will be best to ensure that they utilize the medium provided in the finest way possible.
As far as schools are concerned, they should definitely give a go to the use of such social tools. Benefits are galore; Teachers in the Western countries are encouraging homework discussions on Twitter, or are using Twitter to guide classroom discussions by projecting a live feed with questions posted by students in real time and have real-time discussions, they are uploading and sharing videos on YouTube, and putting up quizzes and polls on Facebook. A kid absent due to chicken pox can merely log in to YouTube and see the uploaded video of his missed class; one can get International guest speakers in the classroom with Google Hangout. With an increase in flow of communication, the conventional teacher-student relationship will see a major change, and it will help improve skills and motivation of the student.
Social media platforms are a great way to promote school spirit through community outreach programs. As long as social media are doing all this with professionalism and maintains the integrity of what the school represents, it is aninnovative way to be visible and be a leader in the community.
The overall development of a school student can be taken care of with social media. Promoting activities, gaining feedback, or starting a conversation for something or someone, can be easily done using websites like these, and with the parent’s participation, it can only get better. Creating a private social network focused around the course curriculum, teachers can post assignments, and create online assessments as well. Cross-cultural communication, learning what is happening around the globe in other schools, or integrating outside-world experiences into teaching is all possible using these tools.
Social media is a wonderful tool to keep educating oneself about the latest developments in the any of the fields – be it science, technology, or entertainment. Active online users who stumble upon a good blog or an interactive education medium are sure to talk about it, and social media tools help in getting thisknowledge spread.Education will move beyond the classroom, and one will have the ‘option’ of learning what he or she is interested in other than their vocational careers. Education will notbe boring and insipid; it will move beyonda black slate and white chalk.
Now is the time to move away those overhead projectors and the dull power points; schools in developing countries need to move with times,otherwise matching pace with other ‘socially interactive students’ will be an uphill struggle.