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Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Media in relation to Education

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Sasha Novacek

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Transcript of Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Media in relation to Education

Social Media
& Education

Social media comprises of numerous online technology tools that enable people to communicate easily & to share information and resources. Can include text, audio, video, images, podcasts, and other multimedia communications.
Social media transforms learning into an
interactive experience
+ Computer programs and applications
+ Discussion boards
+ Blogs
+ Wikis
+ Twitter
+ Google
How can we assess the benefits?
What is social media?
65 billion Twitter messages are sent everyday
Over 2 billion YouTube video clips are viewed everyday
If Facebook were
a country, it would be the
250 million people log on to Facebook everyday
of social media in education
“We don’t have a choice on whether we DO social media, the question is
how well we do it”

- Erik Qualman
third largest in the world...
1971 first email was sent, as the two computers were sitting right next to each other
2004 social networking sites were being formed such as FACEBOOK

FACEBOOK took over other social networking sites - grossing over 600 million users.

Social media in today’s world is an outcome of the highly connected world of Web 2.0 applications, social platforms, and interactive based marketing efforts.

Cyber bullying
Who's protecting our children?
Who's going to digitalise our teachers?
Zone of Proximal Development
Vygotsky and Social Media
Able to accomplish without help

NOT able to accomplish
Progressive Education Movement
Able to accomplish without help

NOT able to accomplish
Building on Progressive Education
Computers modernized Mental Tools (Miller, 1993)
Learning must include Hands on Experiences (Donaldson. 1987)
Macquarie ICT Centres
Teacher 1: "I felt quite intimidated by the whole setup and I didn’t feel I had the skills to
handle a crisis and when things were going wrong I didn’t know the steps to help the
children so it was in the too hard basket" - Chittleborough, G, Campbell, C., Hubber, P., & Tyler, R. (2008)
Social media Helping Autistic Students...
People with autism have a lot of trouble interpreting other people’s behaviour. They can’t read facial expressions or body language.
On the internet, there isn’t any body language to read. There are no facial expressions. There is no tone of voice.
This makes communication much, much simpler. If someone sends a message on Facebook, they don’t have to spend time wondering exactly what they are trying to say. There are no non-verbal cues to sort out.
Due to FB unlikele friendships are being made
“Tell me and I’ll forget;
show me and I may remember;
- Chinese Proverb
involve me and
I’ll understand.”

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"I would rather learn this way because at school we learn out of books instead of using a computer."

"I think I learnt about the same amount but a lot quicker than when taking notes and listening in a normal classroom environment probably because this caught my and was attention easy to use."

"The pictures and real life interaction is much better than a text book. It engages students more readily and is an easy medium to use."
(Oliver 2007)
Teacher Responses
John Locke (Hayes, 2007)
"The Heart of Learning
is experience &
John Dewey (1987)
"education is life itself"
"education is a social process"
"learning should be active and hands on"
Teachers who lack competence and skills in
using ICT are unlikely to risk using ICT in their classrooms - (Levin & Arafeh, 2003).
Chittleborough, G, Campbell, C., Hubber, P., & Tyler, R. (2008): Technology and Teachers in Rural Schools; Diversity and Similarity. Narrowing the Gap: Addressing Educational Disadvantage, Deakin University: Victoria p 29

Dewey, John. (1897). My pedagogical creed. School Journal. 54. pp. 77–80.

Donalson, M. (1987). Children’s minds. London: Fontana Press.

Hayes, William. (2007). Progressive education movement: Is it still a facto in today's schools? Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Miller, P.H. (1993). Theories of developmental psychology (3rd ed.). Newyork, United States: W.H Freedman.

Oliver, C.A. and Fergusson, J. (2007) Astrobiology: A pathway to science literacy 56th International Astronautical Congress, Fukuoka, Japan, October 16-21. Acta Astronautica, Elsevier 61:716-723.

To Read
“They’re engaged with it in a way that we don’t see with other toys or puzzles or teaching tools,”
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