So, is social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) ruining students? Perhaps, but there’s a lot more to examine here.
I, too, have suffered from the let-me-procrastinate-on-my-paper-by-playing-hours-of-Bejeweled but is that really social media’s fault? Was it any different from vegging out in front of the TV?
At the same time, isn’t social media the new way to connect and inform students of updates. In a recent poll by AP-Viacom, students stated that “laptop computers were the top item they use in the classroom for note-taking, followed by smart phones, cameras, audio recorders, tablet computers and camcorders.” Social media is the way to reach students where they already are (their computers and phones). Smart codes in advertising utilize this tech-focus to expand the experience. Why should students considering stopping this?
Another issue, is that different social media attract different followers. In Joel Comm’s book, Twitter Power, he notes that there are socioeconomic and educational differences between Facebook and Twitter users. While Joel’s book first came out a few years ago and Twitter has mainstreamed itself a lot more, the 2010 infographic below still highlights some variations in user-type that may attribute more to why Twitter users work a bit better than Facebook users.
While I still struggle to get my students to use their school email and built-in Google Docs, what have people’s experiences been with Twitter/Facebook in the classroom?