Tue 19th September 2017 - 10:39

How to incorporate social media in your class projects

Are you tired of spending countless hours in the library, looking for resources to help with your class projects? Do you want your homework sessions to be more social and engaging?

Why not use social media to breathe new life into your studies and give your projects a competitive edge when it comes to grading?

Is this a good idea?

Before we get into the specifics of how to use social media for class projects, we should first address some doubts you might have.

After all, we’ve all heard about how people are wasting more and more time each year on social media and how the various social platforms are being used to propagate fake media.

As is always the case, there can be some bad that comes with the good. However, as long as you are using caution and common sense, social media can be very beneficial to your studies.

Studies have found 59% of schools say their students use social networking for educational purposes, and a pilot programme reported this lead to a 50% increase in grades.

Noted education organisations, such as National Council of Teachers of English and International Society for Technology in Education, emphasise the importance of effective communication in today’s word. Social media is quickly becoming a communication norm in today’s society.

So if you are ready to reap the rewards of a modern, dynamic learning environment, here are eight ways social media can make your projects more efficient and engaging.

1. Connect with experts

Social media platforms make it easy to connect with experts who you wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

Find an expert in the field you are studying, like researchers, professors, paper writers, business owners, news outlets, etc. Reach out on social media and request a short interview. Many people are happy to help students further their education.

The best platforms for this would probably be Twitter and LinkedIn.

2. Collaborate

Why not see if anyone in your class would like to work together. Create a private group on Facebook to share notes, resources, and tips.

You can also request information from any missed lessons.

3. Save stuff for later

As you are browsing through your various social networks, keep your upcoming assignments in mind.

If you happen to see something in your newsfeed that might be helpful later, why not share or save it. You can create your own library of resources that can be accessed whenever you need them.

4. Organise your research

Pinterest boards are the perfect way to organise your research.

You can create generalised boards for each class e.g. biology and history etc. Or you can create boards for each individual project.

5. Get up-to-date information

Social media often provides unprecedented access to developing news and industry breakthroughs. Following influential people and organisations that pertain to the subjects you’re studying can help you stay current.

6. Check what has already been done

When it comes to school projects, you want to be as efficient as possible!

Check hashtags. Hashtags help organise subject-specific information, making it easier to find resources on the topics you are interested in. Some teachers have already started incorporating social media into their classroom, so you’ll be likely find hashtags such as #Bio101 or #HistoryHomework.

7. Poll your audiences

Will public opinion help with your project? Try creating a poll for your audience on each of your different social networks. See what others think about the subject.

8. Ask for recommendations

Use the “Looking for Recommendations” feature on Facebook to gain easy access to helpful resources. Whether you are looking for a local business owner to consult or an online news outlet, your social media followers will likely be eager to help out.

Tips for Implementation

If you are ready to integrate social media into your school projects, here are a few things to consider:

  • Check the validity of your sources. Stick with reputable resources, outlets, organisations, and people.
  • If you hope to connect with experts on social media, be sure that they are legitimate experts.
  • Ask if you can share people’s thoughts and opinions. Don’t assume your followers want their input publicised outside the platform where they engaged with you.
  • If you create study groups, keep them high-level. Don’t let your groups become outlets to gripe or slander other people.
  • Set limits for your time spent on social media. Try not to let it be a distraction. 

After you’ve tried some of the tips and suggestions outlined here, be sure to tell us about your experience  or any additional ideas with the community!

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