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Five innovative ways to use Social media in online learning

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By Astrid Quiroga

Five innovative ways to use Social media in online learning

Social Media in Online Learning

Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives, and when used strategically in educational settings, it has the power to significantly enhance learning and engagement in online courses. In this presentation, I will explore five innovative ways to harness the potential of social media and communication devices to enhance online learning experiences.

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1. Printerest to Showcase Visual Material and Foster Collaborations

Pinterest can play a valuable role in online learning by promoting collaboration through feedback and constructive criticism. Additionally, it enables students to share visual content with their peers, sparking creativity and generating new ideas. Example: An art teacher can integrate Pinterest into an online course, allowing students to showcase their artwork to classmates and utilize the comments section to provide feedback to one another. Professors and fellow students can access this feedback by sharing the Pinterest profile link on a Learning Management System (LMS), such as a discussion board on Canvas.

Video streaming social media platforms are invaluable resources for learners of all backgrounds and skill levels because they can be utilized to deliver bite-sized educational content accessible on various devices. Example:Teachers can create YouTube channels to provide step-by-step instructions for assignments and conduct online lessons. Platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat can also be harnessed to deliver short, educational videos. Furthermore, educators can host live sessions, facilitating student interactions through live chats. Additionally, the comments section can serve as a platform for students to engage in constructive discussions.

2. Step-by-Step Tutorials Using Video Streaming Platforms

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3. Twitter for Discussion Boards

Twitter is a valuable tool for fostering discussions on specific topics. With its expanded character limit of 280 characters per tweet, this social media platform can be an alternative to traditional discussion boards in both online and face-to-face learning environments.Example:In synchronous online classes, students can easily connect to Twitter via their mobile devices or computers to share relevant opinions and comments in real time. Dr. Rankin, a History professor at The University of Texas at Dallas, illustrated the potential of Twitter in learning through her experiment titled "The Twitter Experiment - Twitter in the Classroom."1

4. Cellphone and WhatsApp Groups

WhatsApp, the instant messaging app available for Android and Apple phones and compatible with computers through WhatsApp Web, can serve as a valuable participatory tool in online learning thanks to its group feature.Example: Teachers can create private channels where students join and exchange relevant information related to a course. These groups would be exclusive to the students, monitored by the instructor, and exclusive for communication about a course and specific learning topics. Through this tool, teachers can design activities, such as polls, and share links for educational purposes. Another engaging activity could involve students joining other channels on WhatsApp, including The New York Times channel, and sharing one exciting article per week within the course channel feature.

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5. Polls in Mentimeter Using Cellphones, Tables, and/or Laptops

Mentimeter enables teachers and students to actively engage in learning using mobile devices such as cell phones, tablets, and laptops. By leveraging these technologies and the Mentimeter app, educators can create interactive activities during online synchronous classes in platforms like Zoom or Teams.Example: The teacher can pose a question on the screen, and students can select their answers on their own devices. Once the responses are collected, the results can be shared with the class using visual representations like charts. Additionally, students can participate using the 'Like' feature, a familiar aspect of various social media platforms, and share their opinions with the class.