I believe the use of social media to promote student engagement is A great tool in the education technology arena because many students are using social media, and this message shows and allows students to see how social media can be used for educational purposes. I agree with the fact that engagement is correlated to achievement. Moreover, utilizing tools that students are already using also promotes motivation which also leads to engagement as well. Social media can be used as a way of publishing and students work being seen outside of the classroom. Some threats to this idea however, maybe the improper usage of social media which has to be addressed via the continual incorporation of Digital citizenship skills. These discussions have to be integrated into the curriculum for this to work.
Angela, I totally agree with you on this! It almost seems silly to not incorporate or utilize tools that students are using outside of the classroom. I feel that using these tools in the classroom will help the students better connect to what they are learning and also increase their engagement. I also think that by bringing their tools into the classroom we can better prepare them and teach them how to appropriately use these tools outside of school. Sometimes it is hard for me to wrap my head around how we expect our students to use social media appropriately but we do not teach them how to be digital citizens.
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