Is social media ruining students?

Infographic: Does Facebook make you a better student?

I found this Infographic this morning and it kind of resonated with me and some thoughts I’ve been having recently about using alternative systems for student interaction (not replacing the VLE, but ‘enhancing’ the student experience).

While I like this and what it is trying to say, surely Facebook and indeed any system is going to make the student ‘better’ based only on how it is used, not what it can do? Therefore it is ‘our’ responsibility to introduce and set up the system (Facebook, Twitter, etc) in a way that will engage and enhance the learning experience? Please leave a comment below if you agree or disagree, or just what to comment on the general implication of social media on student lives.


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  • sjoannes

    yes. when i setup a facebook for my class..i ‘chased’ the students to get their assignments, proposal etc at easier manner. They were not chicken out to give their opinions, correcting my mistakes etc.. and sharing info like websites, youtubes about what were learned from the previous lectures happened. The classroom was not longer within the fixed time and i was no longer accessible at daytime only.

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    yes. when i setup a facebook for my class..i ‘chased’ the students to get their assignments, proposal etc at easier manner. They were not chicken out to give their opinions, correcting my mistakes etc.. and sharing info like websites, youtubes about what were learned from the previous lectures happened. The classroom was not longer within the fixed time and i was no longer accessible at daytime only.

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