It seems as if every student uses some form of social media to connect with people near and far. Sites like Facebook and Twitter are great places for students to interact with their friends, and in recent years, these sites have also gained the interest of colleges and universities across the country.
Last year, USA Today College reported that 68% of colleges and universities reported social media as being important, but how can it be used to reach students and make the learning process more engaging? Let’s take a look at a few examples.
- At Berry College, the chairman of the math department created a YouTube music video for a calculus class that covered the topic of derivatives and featured students singing along.
- An English teacher at Litchfield High School in Litchfield, Minnesota uses Twitter to teach students about symbolism and personal narratives, as well as to tweet writing prompts and assignment reminders to students.
- Edudemic suggests creating a Facebook page for your class where you can post anything from notes to reminders about test dates, supplementary materials, and more. Students can use the page to send messages to you or discuss topics covered in the class with others.
Are you currently using social media to reach your students and enhance their learning experience? If so, please share your ideas with us by leaving a comment below. You can also share your ideas on the Labyrinth Learning Facebook page or tweet them to us @LabLearning.
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