Social Media to Students
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, plus a social media overreaction.” ~ True Said
With so much information sharing, exchanging & collecting on Social Media platforms; it becomes very important especially for Students to decide, what should be included & excluded in Social Media, and how much involved one should be, with this platform, which in a way is quite helpful and on the other hand very harmful too, if it’s not used in a constructive manner by the young generations.
Before jumping into the advantages of social media, let us have a brief on different types of social media that exist today :
- Micro-blogging: Tumblr, Twitter
- Photo-sharing: Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat
- Video-sharing: Facebook Live, Periscope, YouTube & YouTube-Live, Instagram Live
- Social networking: LinkedIn & Facebook
Now let’s dive into the list of advantages of Social Media for students. They are;
- Learning & networking
- Create a community to collaborate & share study notes
- Support from Professors on doubts & clarifications through social media groups
- Increased Student participation & collaboration: designate a study group hashtag, for discussions
- Encourage creative expression
- Team projects are easier to discuss, review & compile through a social group discussion
- Experiencing global exposure through Twitter, LinkedIn & others
- Rich eLearning Media available
- LinkedIn helps in employment opportunities when shared your resume or involved in discussions
- Video conferencing abilities to discuss on a class session, if missed due to illness or other constrains
- Start a contact list or group for the class to collaborate and share study tips
- For missed classes or lectures, have someone stream or record the lecture through YouTube, FB, Periscope or Instagram
- Use Google Hangouts to facilitate group study sessions
- Follow Authors & their notes & e-learning by following their social media profiles or groups
- Ask questions to experts and influencers on LinkedIn groups, Facebook groups, twitter profiles etc.,
- Save, curate, and share infographics using collection-building tools such as Pinterest
- Use Google Drive or Dropbox to save study materials online
- Follow subject specialization, course topics, expert names hashtags for more information
- Send video notes, questions, or reminders to your schoolmates
- Helping students develop their extra-curricular activities by referring music & videos
While we follow the above points to best benefits from Social Media, it’s very important to follow these safe tips for Social Media use;
- Be careful while accepting friends’ request
- Be careful what you post on social media
- Avoid popularity & ideology until you’re willing to do so
- Manage your profile settings to share the required details
- Consider your security settings thoughtfully
- Avoid sharing personal images and be more professional
- Think before tagging others for your posts
- Don’t trust opening every link you see or receive
Additional info; few Online Tools that can be helpful to students in their online studies;
- Zoom – A free video conferencing app
- Evernote or Google Keep – Take your notes online
- Quizlet or Study Stack – Create your own practice quizzes
- Grammarly – Online writing assistant; helps in proofreading
- GoConqr – Online study resources
- HowToStudy.org – Excellent overall resource to learn different skills
- Calendar, Task List or Email program-related tools online
According to businessinsider.com, the “most popular college student apps” include:
Best Educational app for teaching style online:
Scanner Apps: These apps allow users to scan a document to a sharable PDF.
- Abby FineScanner
- Recognizes 44 languages and outputs documents as JPEG or PDF files.
- Adobe Scan
- Scans any document into a PDF, the scan can be slightly modified before saving or sending.
- Basic image to pdf scanner has a save and share capability.
Whiteboard/Sharing Apps: The following apps all function as interactive whiteboards and include presentation features to allow on the fly discussion.
- More than just a whiteboard, Doceri allows the user to create voice-over videos and screencast presentations.
- Whiteboard, video capture, and share features allow users to easily create custom content.
Presentation Apps: These apps take things beyond the standard slide show presentation.
- AIO remote (Android only product)
- Allows you to turn your smartphone into a remote controller. Users can create custom remotes for most applications.
- Create interactive presentations that incorporate videos, documents, and links.
Quizzing: If you want to try real-time quizzing these apps can help.
- Online quizzing system that can be used for learning games and quizzes in class. No app needed, basic version is free.
- Online quizzing system created for the classroom, both instructors and students will need to download an app.
- Poll everywhere
- Interactive polling app, allows users to engage in real-time open format responses.
Videos: the following apps are designed to make video production pain free.
- A Chrome extension that records voice over videos for whatever is showing on your screen. A simple way to begin making short videos.
- App that allows you to create your own edited mix of videos, add music, and interactivity.
- Vidyard Go Video
- Another Chrome extension that allows for webcam recording, screen capture and notifies you when your video is viewed.
Others: Here are a few apps that might be useful in the classroom, ranging from video making to lockdown calculators.
- Lockdown app for smartphones and scientific calculator
- Time management app for students
- Attendance tracker app and print reports on student attendance.
- Accessible via Mobile device & computer. Easy way to store articles, videos or anything you find online for your class in one location.
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