I remember during the lock-down that a few WhatsApp groups and Telegram groups were created for learning during the lock-down by schools and different educational organizations. I myself used Edmodo) and taught a few of my friends) as a tool to provide learning to students.
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A couple of weeks ago my neighbour’s sister come home with an assignment topic from her first-year communications class – “Is social media good for students?” When she asked me about the topic my first question to her was if she thought social media was good for students or not and her reasons. Her topic brought to mind so many of the things that came up with education since the covid-19 pandemic hit.
According to Wikipedia, social media are interactive technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, interests, and other forms of expression through virtual communities and networks. The Merriam-Webster defines social media as forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos). While access to information was difficult before the many social media came into play, now students can work on assignments, do their research, carry out surveys, exchange ideas and generally share electronically.
The developed countries were able to adapt quicker to online education and learning as an alternative to the physical classroom education since was effect before the pandemic. However, in Africa and other developed countries it wasn’t so easy as it should have been. Even though a lot of youths and teenagers had the requisite android or iPhone, learning through the social media was something most were not used to or understood.
In fact, to a lot of people in Africa the social media is more of a negative than a positive. Students (made of youths and teenagers) use the social media for one-upmanship or to show off by posting pictures or videos of what was happening in their lives. To them the social media is where they can brag and show the world how fantastic their world is.
This is all well and good but social media is so much more than this and on so many levels for educational purposes. While most researching, learning, making money and getting the positives of being online, the rest of us failed to see how social media can help us to learn and become a better student. Social media has become an invaluable tool for learning, dissemination of knowledge and for knowledge sharing. Many schools and center of learning have online presence on different social media platforms where they provide their members with information and knowledge that empowers and aids educational growth.
I remember during the lock-down that a few WhatsApp groups and Telegram groups were created for learning during the lock-down by schools and different educational organizations. I myself used Edmodo) and taught a few of my friends) as a tool to provide learning to students. When I started work on my MBA research I got research information via WhatsApp with a connection from Kenya.
Using social media, its easy to compare knowledge with mates or friends from around the world which is something I have also done regularly and a lot of my connection have also done. Education is diverse, skills are improved on at a faster pace and knowledge is pushed out online to fast sometimes we fail to keep abreast of them. We need to remember that social media is not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or all the other common platforms we come across or know.
So, the question “is social media good for student?” is one that a lot of us need to answer. Some would tell you that the answer is no because of all the negatives of being online but post covid-19 a lot more would probably say yes.
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