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Is social media reviving or killing our classrooms?

Matt Kapko | Sept. 10, 2014
Social media can wreak havoc when students become distracted in the middle of class. Some educators have gone so far as to ban social media in the classroom, but others says that learning to control social media is part of the learning process and the benefits outweigh the negatives.

Silvermans' research for a doctoral dissertation on the effects of social media on college students' experience concluded that the benefits of social media still outweigh the risks. "Student will be more engaged when they can use all of the tools at their disposal, including social media," he adds.

Instilling good behavioral traits and educating students about the proper and more productive use of social media is paramount, says Cleveland State University's assistant professor Stansberry. Her ongoing study on the impacts of social media indicates that students feel unprepared to use social media professionally because they aren't learning about it in their college classes.

"Instead of banning social media in the classroom, educators can model responsible social media use and incorporate it into teaching styles," Stansberry says.


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