Social Media in the Classroom

I noted in a recent tweet that “Social Media will not change (let alone improve) how we mine for ore, fish or farm for food, or plant tree saplings.” It is not a panacea for industry. It also won’t revolutionize teaching and learning: Teachers, in person or in a virtual space, will still be pointing the way, encouraging attentiveness, curiosity, and tenacity (and serving as an example of these qualities); students will still be digging in, digging up, and learning for themselves. I have certainly found, however, that social media (specifically, blogs, Facebook, and Twitter) can be a wonderful supplement to class lectures, activities, and assignments. Read what students in my professional communications classes have been digging up recently.

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