For Generation Y, social media is a sort of haven through which they may express themselves, immediately gain knowledge of the world around them, and center their lives on themselves. The question arises: Could social media help someone in their endeavors for education? Perhaps with the implementation in some colleges of a “Social Media” major, yes, some social media expertise could help in educational endeavors. However, the question, though including those who take such a major, is more so directed to the everyday person.
According to Chronicle, Twitter is good for personal use, but even better for professional use, depending on what you make of your Twitter. She claims that there are ten benefits to using twitter, and they are as follows:
- Twitter allows for a broad expanse of audience, as most people you follow and who follow you, you do not know in a real-life circumstance.
- For research, one could simply tweet the name and year of the article you are looking for, and chances are, within the hour, someone will respond to you. However, to reach audiences other than your own, the use of hash-tags are important.
- To promote some work you have done, Twitter can help to get it out in the open – however, Twitter should be used for both personal and professional use because nobody wants to follow someone who merely tries to promote their work.
Rey Junco, a professor at Lock Haven university, is told to hypothesize that the use of social media in student’s lives is a way to enhance important characteristics of a student, such as participation and activity, through this video. Not only have students shown interest in using social media for academic purposes, but professors and teachers alike have started to implement the social media buzz into their classes. For example, teachers have implemented twitter into the classroom by tweeting assignments and due dates, and summarizing that day’s lesson.
The study, as shown by the video, says that though many studies have been completed, researching the effects of social media in the classroom, none gave causation, which is what Rey Junco did in his study, entitled, Academic Excellence in 140 Characters. The study enabled students to learn about their peers on a deeper level than just classmates, as well as enabled them to make classroom discussions pertinent discussions in daily life.
The truth is that it is impossible for a professor of more than 300 students to be able to reach their students on personal levels. Chances are, most professors don’t even care to help their students because of the independent environment that college provides. However, engaging students with each other is a great way to help them learn and become accustomed to the independent environment. Using Twitter in the classroom, instead of Facebook, engages students and helps them to implement the lesson into their daily lives. It is in this way that Twitter is a great tool for professors to utilize.