Who Do You Follow?

The explicit look at social media in the classroom.

Personally Professional

Why is social media important in the classroom? This news flyer will detail the benefits of social media, the difference between a personal and professional profile, and the pros and cons of social media in the classroom.
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How Social Media Helped Marcus Spears

Marcus Spears played DE in the NFL for nine seasons. After completing his NFL career, Spears was left with a phone call from his sister. Spears' sister made him aware of a job opening with SEC Nation, an upcoming SEC Network program through ESPN. To land the job, Spears utilized Twitter's direct messaging aspect. He direct messaged the producer of the show and told her of his interest in the program and a job opportunity. His utilization of Twitter's benefits put his foot in the door and later landed him the job.


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Pros of Social Media in the Classroom

Here are the following reasons social media is a positive for the classroom environment:

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.

3. Networking

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.

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Cons of Social Media in the Classroom

1. Distraction

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.

It is important to know the difference between personal work and professional work especially on social media. With 93% of marketers using Twitter, being professional is of the upmost importance. Read the above blog by Jay Baer and learn more about the you and the real you.

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This newsletter was produced by Maghen Moore. She is a Digital & Broadcast Major with a minor in Communication Studies at the University of Georgia. Questions? Please feel free to contact Maghen through the outlets below.