If the internet were a school, social media would be the ‘It girl’, the ‘diva’ and the ‘belle of the ball’. Like all divas, social media gets a bad rep for a lot of things. It’s infamous for bad influence, negativity, wasting people’s time, etc. But every other thing in our world has pros and cons. Today, we can see many educational institutions adapting these developments into their systems. They can see the positive aspects of social media in Education. So let’s get our heads into it.
Learning has never been this convenient
Thanks to social media platforms, the students are motivated to learn beyond the textbook. Instagram reels, for example, are a source of entertainment but they also have a lot of educational content packed in an easy-to-digest short format. A plethora of educational videos on Youtube, easy access to e-books, online notes, and learning via video calls are all major contributors to educational development.
An abundant source of creative inspiration
There is no doubt that social media is one of the most creative platforms on the internet. Whether it’s Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube or TikTok, everyone shares their creativity with the world and sometimes it’s jaw-dropping. Creativity isn’t only limited to arts, creativity could be finding an uncommon technical solution to a technical problem; it could be finding a way to fix your washing machine or implementing a solution to save time as you cook.
Social media allows students to boost their creative skills by learning and later trying the same themselves. Let’s be honest, people are more often to try social media hacks than do something that their professor suggests. You can see students’ creativity come out on social media even if it’s good editing done to a photo. Students get to make dedicated pages to their hobbies like writing, photography, comedy, etc. and share that with the world. There’s no better learning than putting your creativity out there and getting real-time feedback.
Improves writing skills
It’s common for many students to lack the necessary skills for writing essays, letters, applications and academic papers. And these things do come in handy later if you learn how to write them. Through social media, people get on board with the international language much more and a lot of people continue to use their mother tongue, which is also good. This need to express ideas and discuss and share things comes with one plus point which is using language to communicate thoughts as clearly as possible. Blogs and freewriting help students to practice regularly, free from the worry that their thoughts will be graded.
Deeper knowledge and better academic performance
Not only the knowledge students gain on social media is deeper depending on what topics they search, of course. But it also provides better insight into different subjects. When students are assigned projects in schools, they go through several online platforms to collect information as opposed to researching in limited books available. Online research also lets them see both sides of any story or subject if they look for it.
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