Both social media and technology have become an indispensable part of our life in recent years. Students use a variety of internet tools to supplement their education. It will not be wrong to say that social media and education go hand-in-hand in the modern world.

According to a recent study, more and more teachers around the world are incorporating social media into their classrooms to engage students both online and in person. In short, we can say social media is shaping and influencing how students learn and interact today.

STUDENTS' REACTIONS TO SOCIAL MEDIA

Students appear to be more excited by social media intrusion, whether through live-streaming of an event, like, or commenting on a post, than by a traditional classroom set-up where sharing of student resources is limited.

Sharing ideas and information with other students, rather than simply submitting homework to the teacher, creates greater involvement and a desire to improve performance.

Because of the internet presence and regular peer assessment, it pushes students to put up more effort. Sharing images on social media, reading news feeds, and sending messages on chat apps have all become part of the everyday routine for students.

Here are three simple yet effective methods to incorporate social media into classroom activities:

1. STREAM LIVE LECTURES AND HOST DISCUSSIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS

Teachers can form class groups and stream live lectures, as well as post discussion topics, assign assignments, and make announcements in the classroom.

This would help students stay more engaged over the school holidays. It can also be used to remind you to turn in assignments, projects, and even homework.

At the same time, teachers should maintain a professional demeanour and refrain from making personal or friend requests to kids. To maintain openness while utilising social media, parents should also be marked in communications.

2. THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA, A STRONGER COMMUNITY

The school administration and principals can use social media as an effective communication channel by, for example, publishing school news and accomplishments on social media, holding online meetings with parents, or even introducing new initiatives and projects for the school.

Parents looking for a school usually check-up the school's social media profiles, so don't skip out on this opportunity. Kids manage the social media accounts and postings at our school, which helps students develop creative abilities.

3. MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOR LEARNING

LMS stands for learning management system, and it is a networking software that offers instructional programs to schools and universities. Instant chat functions, video, forums for sharing information, and other lesson resources to assist students can all be found in a social media learning LMS.

The LMS system encourages student participation and facilitates collaboration on group assignments. This system was created to address student and learning-related difficulties in order to improve educational programs.

Live conferencing systems, webinar capacity, share group reviews, blogs, and other social learning features are also available.

When it comes to social media, schools have a unique perspective. They're generally thought to be beneficial when it comes to communicating information about school assignments. Simultaneously, social media is blamed for the lack of attention.

There is a growing trend of students using social media in the classroom. It is commonly recognised that kids spend a significant amount of time outside of school hours on social media and engaging with others; why not flip this around and use it to benefit students, and invite it into schools as well?