Positive And Negative Aspects Of Social Media Essay

1668 Words Jun 25th, 2015 7 Pages
Everywhere you go these days, you notice teens on cell phones. It has become common-place, and the way the world operates is rapidly changing. Both in and out of school, students are socializing more online. According to an annual report released by the Pew Internet and American Life project, 95 percent of teenagers are active online, and nearly three out of four children ages 12 to 17 access the Internet via mobile devices, making virtual connections much more integral to most students ' daily lives (Smith, 2015). The rapid development of information and social media has forced us to change the way we educate our students. Social media can be used in a variety of ways in enhance teaching and the educational world in general. Social media can include blogs, wikis, media (audio, photo, video, text), sharing tools, networking platforms (including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), Skype, and virtual worlds. Throughout this paper, I will summarize the positive and negative aspects of social media use. Using social media as an educational tool can increase student engagement. By encouraging engagement with social media, students develop connections with peers, establish a virtual community of learners and ultimately increase their overall learning. Students who use information technology for academics also have a higher likelihood of contributing and participating in active, academic collaboration with other students (Nelson Laird and Kuh, 2005). This collaboration indicates…

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