The Benefits of Using Social Media for Learning

Sometimes it might seem as though everyone has a strong opinion on the issue of social media use in the educational sphere, but one thing is certain: its impact can no longer be ignored.

Using social media platforms as a means of enhancing your learning often comes down to simple discipline. If students are able to resist the temptation of merely socializing on the social media platform and focus on their studies then it could really be the learning tool we have all been waiting for.

Schools are starting to use all types of social media technology when it comes to educational tasks. The iPad and iPhone as well as Android devices have various applications available to assist in learning, make notes, organize tasks and even replay lessons. Let us take a look at some of the benefits of using social media in learning.

Search on Twitter

Twitter has become one of the biggest social media platforms to date and some even use it as their main search engine. If you search on Twitter you will get the most up to date and relevant information regarding any specific topic or niche.

If you want to hear what others are saying about a topic you can use the hashtag search option. When you are studying you might feel like the only person in the world researching a particular person or theme, but chances are that someone on the other side of the world is busy with the exact same thing. The use of social media enables us to connect with one another at the click of a button.

Keep in mind that not all the information on social media platforms is accurate, especially if you are working with numbers and statistics. Use reputable websites to double check your facts and arguments.

Be part of a community

One of the greatest benefits of social media platforms is the fact that it creates a community. You can choose to follow like-minded people with the same interests and areas of study. This way you can stay in touch with fellow students and even create a page on Facebook where you can discuss assignments, and help each other study for exams. Instead of following the old school way of forming study groups in class this can now all happen online during the times that are most convenient to you.

Become exposed to new viewpoints

Social Media sites such as Twitter and Tumblr as well as blogs enable you to learn from others. Other students or individuals might have a complete different viewpoint that you have not yet considered. Reading blog posts and social media updates regarding certain topics will open your mind to other ideas and opinions. It might even urge you to create your own blog posts or comment in response to other’s thoughts. This way you are learning interactively, and sometimes it doesn’t even feel like learning.

Technology skills

Another aspect that is highly beneficial to the social media user is the technology skills learned. Through using social media platforms as a learning tool you will pick up various skills that will definitely come in handy in the workplace. These days it is the norm to be computer literate and if you are able to simplify certain tasks or do efficient research online this will help you a lot in the long run.

The Power of Youtube

These days you will find that a lot of educational institutions and educated individuals have Youtube channels. Some Universities will even record lectures and make them available on Youtube for those learners who would like to re-watch them later. If you are studying in a certain field you can search Youtube for the relevant topic-related videos to add onto your study notes. If you don’t like to read through pages and pages of study notes maybe watching these educational and informative videos would work better for you.
To study at your optimum ability you will have to try out different methods. Take some time to get to know social media platforms as learning tools and you may be surprised at all of the benefits . From Facebook to Twitter and even your personal blog, sharing really is caring- especially if it comes down to efficient learning.

About the author: This is a guest post by Lilly Sheperd, an occasional guest-blogger and a full time freelance communication consultant. When not blogging, Lilly likes to travel and read a lot, especially about education and technology.

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