Social Media

Pros and Cons

Pros

There are so many pros to using social media with students. Because it is something they use anyway, they feel motivated to learn and are connected to their learning when social media becomes part of the school culture. Social media prepares them for the work force, as many jobs require knowledge of these tools. It connects students with others around the world and can teach understanding and empathy. Finally, it make communication quicker and easier.

Cons

Even though social media can profoundly change teaching and learning, there are some challenges to using it in the classroom. The biggest drawback is the issue of cyberbullying. It can also be a distraction to students who find themselves sucked into an online world. Students may post inappropriate content or come across something that is inappropriate. Another drawback is that it is difficult to monitor. And finally, some students may not want to create social media accounts which add to their digital footprint.