Social media websites like Myspace, Instagram, Facebook and Vine have become the new craze and driving force of the new generation. It has some what taken over as the number one source of socializing for the youth and the number one way to connect to others and express emotions. Social media has also earned a reputation as a destructive force that is killing any type of social skills kids have once they are face to face with a real person instead of sitting behind a computer, but I bet those people never thought of using social media as a teaching tool. What if you could use the very aspect that is considered a waste of time to reach out and help the kids further their education? That has become the new idea among teachers and those involved in the education system. Those who are stuck in the past and believe that social media cant be used to help education are fighting a battle they are sure to lose. Social media is an ever evolving tool and the best thing to do is not fight it but learn to curb it and use it for the betterment of education. Jennifer Davis a teacher once believed herself that the advancement of technology was inevitable and humanity would be lost in the scramble. In her article “Out of the Darkness and into the Digital World” she tokes about trying to fight technology by forcing the kids to appreciate the arts before technology like Charles Dickens books and she never used technology in her lessons. She also remembers a time when she had to order a book off amazon and she sat in front of the computer completely confused. “I’ve come a long way from those early days of feeling that I needed to keep myself pure for my students’ sake — untarnished by technology’s ugly oxidation,” Jennifer claims. She now uses the sharing software of Google Drive to share documents with her 9th graders, and to also grade and comment on their papers. Even the teaching company Pearson has done its research and has explained that they know how important it is to stay educated on the latest social media websites and options to use them for the best of education. The best way to reach the youth is not to fight the tide of the newest technology or advances in social media it is to get ahead of the curb and learn how to control and adopt the use of these websites are social media concepts and use it for the best education.
Davis, J. (2014). Out of the Darkness and Into the Digital World. California English, 19(3), 9-10
Mike, Moran. Teaching, Learning, and Sharing: How Today’s Higher Education Faculty Use Social Media. Pearson, 2011. http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED535130.pdf 03.March 2014