When it comes to education, you should meet people where they live. It is no secret that young students spend a major chunk of their time on the internet switching between the same three apps. Taking advantage of this addictive internet practice, some developers made apps which help college students to study well.
The scope of using social media in classrooms is vast and can be used to make the regular classes fun and quirky and encourage collaboration while inspiring discussion. Students can have more and faster access to information which is thrilling and mindboggling. However, it can also be frustrating and confusing with so much to choose from.
To solve that confusion, we bring to you the best social media sites for education:
As claimed by the site, the platform is the perfect solution for elementary and secondary students. It allows teachers to create a private social media platform for their class to use in their learning and activities. The teachers have complete control over who joins the group and who doesn't. They can even add other teachers. The site has 191648 users out of which, 32272 are teachers and 159376 are students.
This website creating platform can be used to make websites for educational purposes. It allows the teachers to connect, engage and share the knowledge materials. You can invite students to contribute to a group project or blog but they need to be at least 13 years or older to register for a WordPress.com account, without permission from a parent. The teachers can also keep the parents in loop by publishing class news to their blog, or embed a Google Calendar with upcoming events. Wordpress also allows the teachers to upload documents to the media library to send to colleagues and administrators, or post them directly to their site for students and parents to download. You can protect your privacy, socialize and create multiple sites using this platform.
With over 52,068,424 users, Academia is the best place for researchers to showcase their work. Academics can monitor the effect of their research and keep tabs on the research of the other academics that they follow. It’s a great tool for anyone needing data and information on various subjects and interests. Academics use Academia.edu to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. Over adding 18 million papers have been shared on the platform. Academia.edu attracts over 36 million unique visitors a month.
Made for artists, CultureIndside creates space for online galleries and actual galleries. The feature called lightbox, helps artists connects with other people and helps promote their creation in other artists’ lightboxes. It is the most active and creative social network for artists and art lovers in the Online Art Market Space. CultureInside has used its social platform to organize and curate several exhibits and competitions, with winners premiering their work in high-class galleries and museums through the United States and Europe.
Used mainly for long-distance video calls, Skype can also be efficiently used for studying as it allows not only communication but also sharing of almost all kinds of small-sized files (For larger files, you can use Google drive and give their access to as many people as you want). It allows creation of groups which can makes sending information to a lot of people easy. Also, Skype has a whole portal dedicated to educators who can use it to teach various lessons already set up by the Skype team.
Facebook becomes an automatic choice for almost any kind of activity because almost everyone uses it. The key to using Facebook for education is to keep things professional. You can share relevant posts with your friends and also add comments and reactions. Another advantage of Facebook is that you can stay in touch with people long after they have passed out of school/college. You can set your privacy settings and control who reads and gets to post on your wall.
Based on the concept and ideas of Youtube, TeacherTube is designed to allow those in the educational industry, particularly teachers, to share educational resources such as video, audio, documents, photos, groups and blogs. The site contains a mixture of classroom teaching resources and others designed to aid teacher training. TeacherTube has over one million educational members and over 400,000 educational videos. It has found favor with educators for whom YouTube content is blocked by content filtering systems.
With internet usage and dependence only increasing with each passing day, it makes sense to adapt to the modern practices and mould the teaching-learning process according to them.