Who Do You Follow?
The explicit look at social media in the classroom.
The time you spend on social media is important because of how you spend it. Do you socialize, maintain an identity, search for opportunities, stay in touch, or kill time? Your reasons for spending time on social media is important to how you utilize social media's benefits both personally and professionally.
It is also important to analyze how your professors use devices with social media capabilities in the classroom. More times than most, devices are used for research assignments, and educational games. Think over the times your professors have allowed you to use social media. Why were you using social media?
Social media has goals of its own as well. The goals of social media vary from recruiting students, engaging alumnae, and crisis issues and management. Look over this graphic and see where you have found yourself enthralled in social media and which topic it closely fits into.
How Social Media Helped Marcus Spears
Pros of Social Media in the Classroom
1. Increase Student Collaboration
Students (ages 19-24) are more active on social media than most other age groups and are most active on mobile devices. Students also bring these mobile devices (phones, laptops, etc.) to class each day. Social media helps students collaborate on a platform that they are aware of and familiar with as they are digital natives.
2. Sharing Resources Quickly
In class, it is hard to keep up with all the resources and websites needed for an assignment and used to understand concepts. By utilizing social media, professors can easily share resources with students in a quick manner.
As you read in the testimony, you can find an opportunity on social media. With a follow, message, or even a favorite, you are putting your foot in the door with at least the social media team.
Cons of Social Media in the Classroom
This is where personal vs. professional accounts are important. Monitoring a student's professional account, one that is public and used for educational and business purposes, is easier than invading a personal account. Having the boundary between the two can help decrease the distraction social media may cause in class.
2. Inappropriate Content
Again, professional and personal profiles are important to keep separate. Having two different social medias will help companies see the side of you they need to see for professional purposes. If you're going to say things you wouldn't say to an employer or future business partner, it is important to have two different profiles however, if you are comfortable and professional as a person, then one account will be appropriate.