Teachers Interaction with Students via Social Media Website
Social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter are breaking down barriers between teachers and students, redefining the way they communicate and interact with each other. Some educators have found such sites to be an excellent tool to reach out to students who might otherwise have difficulty speaking out in class or asking for help.
Many teachers have been using social media as an extension of the classroom, some of them setting up discussion pages, or allowing students to contact them about homework or things that they did not understand in the classroom, it allows the teachers to provide extra help whenever the student needs it. This keeps students interested and makes learning fun by using a tool that they are already fond of. Tools like facebook and twitter have the advantage of being ready-made platforms that lend themselves well to extending classroom discussions through groups, pages, pictures, and videos. Not all institutions have access to the funding to set up such pages separately and not all teachers have the skills to create them. It would be a mistake for institutions to dismiss their use and their value.
The use of social media is not only restricted to the teaching pattern or methodology a teacher is following. But a teacher can also provide a student with useful websites related to their subjects or information about any current affairs which is of a student’s interest, which in turn will also help in generating interests for any particular subjects. There are many teachers who write blogs. Students can follow them and can make themselves agile about the subject knowledge and teachers opinions on any particular topic or subject. They can in turn comment on them which will also help in fuelling their interest towards studies.
Social media has become the primary way in which children interact with their peers. These interactions are largely unsupervised by any adult, and yet they have a fundamental impact on the development of the children involved. Adolescents use social networking websites to gage peer opinion about themselves which may subsequently influence identity formation. With so much cyber bullying happening on such websites, and postings of inappropriate behaviour that may later surface to affect a student’s chances of getting into college or getting a job, it would be useful to have a teacher supervise these interactions to make sure no harm comes to the children involved.
There are many pros and cons of any new thing. But with evolving technology, this is the best mode where all the students can establish good relationship with their teachers and can make the best use of this in terms of gaining knowledge.