Friday, April 22, 2011

How Social Media affects academic learning

There are lots of opinions about how newly innovated social media affects academic learning. Some says it would be a "poison" for a student's cognition while some oppose and says that it would be more convenient using this kind of technology especially now at present wherein people interacts very quick.

Social Media is defined as a media for social interactions using highly-innovated tools and by the use of web-based and mobile technologies. Effects of social media in youth especially students are be
ing scrutinize by different departments of the government and being debated by most people nowadays. Well in fact, the primary and only purpose of Social Media is to provide accessible and convenient communication for us, but humans are very clever that we make social media's purpose into a more comprehensive one. Example of this comprehension is those businessmen who have made themselves more progressive with the help of different social networking sites; they used these networks to spread information about their business to their target markets and to have a wider number of clients relevant to their field.
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Regarding the effects of Social Media we all know that most students possess greater learning skills and knowledge in academics, therefore we have to accept the fact that they aim and prefer using higher tools for social and academic learning through social medias. For students, like me, using social medias made our learning become easier, more secure, and more affordable. Like teleconferencing, which was originally made for the use of businesses around the globe, has now become an educational tool. E-books have now become more useful and more convenient for students to widen their knowledge without exerting lots of effort but not making plagiarism because the copyright is still intact in there. While social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook have even been used by teachers and students themselves to personally contact their peers anytime they want. Site called "Youtube" also provides online uploaded videos that can be used in some projects and reports in schools. Lots of technologies make these possible and applicable.

These advantages contrary to the "poison" term of some on social medias gave us courage to trust this very kind of media making academic learning more progressive and much faster than usual things we do. And perhaps, building and using new technologies have different purpose in this world, and it doesn't mean destructing the natural ways or things we manually do. If we could make ourselves more open to social medias, we could probably come up with a significant and helpful system to make teaching and at the same time, learning, much easier for us. We should always remember that the uses of social media are limitless as long as we can deal with its primary purpose and justifying or making its disadvantages into advantages.


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