Edudemic: Why Students Like Social Media But Schools Don’t

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:30 am
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Social media is here to stay. Students love it. Teachers love it. But there’s a disconnect in there somewhere.

According to a report from ASCD, students are eager to use the latest social media in order to communicate, collaborate, and enhance their learning. But schools have a few big concerns that has led to many students not having adequate access to social media. Schools worry that social media will lead to bullying, it’s hard to monitor what’s happening, and some still view it as a distraction. These concerns are increasingly falling by the wayside as it’s becoming abundantly clear that social media needs to properly integrated into education. It can’t be ignored or, worse, banned from schools.

The below infographic details some of the biggest details from the report and shows what we already know: students and teachers like social media but administrators are concerned (for now).

Does your school ban social media? Does it block Facebook and Twitter? Do students turn to their smartphones if this is the case? How many schools actually embrace social media and actively try to use it in the classroom?



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