For many students, social media and the classroom go together quite well. When students are bored in class, they log onto Facebook or Twitter to pass some time. However, students might have a new reason to go to these sites. More and more teachers are using social media in the classroom for a variety of purposes.
The article discusses how some instructors are using social media, specifically Pinterest. For example, one professor at the University of Minnesota is requiring students in her media graphics class to use the site with their activity being factored into their participation grade. She “likes” and “repins” certain items she wants her students to pay attention to. Another professor at Minnesota State University is requiring students to create text/multimedia packages through Pinterest and post them to the class blog.
Teachers are also using social media to share tips, get ideas for lessons as well as a place to assemble a group of materials for students to access.
As for students, the sites can be used to inspire, increase participation, and help them in telling stories. Additionally, study groups can easily manage research materials found online.
Do you think social media can be beneficial for both students and teachers or do you think the university provided tools (ie – Blackboard) are sufficient enough? What is the best way to use these sites for educational purposes?
Have you used social media for any of your classes? If so, which sites did you use?