Top 5 Advantages of social networks in Education
1. Facilitates interaction among students
Social networks can increase collaboration between different classmates, as it is very easy to establish channels of communication and dialogue that allow us to work in a collaborative project.
This interaction can also take place between students and their teachers.
2. Facilitates finding information
Most blogs and websites that publish valuable content spread it on social networks, it is for this reason that in this way we find information of great value to help us in the preparation or processing of papers for class.
We will also help to continuous learning, because we can follow professionals who publish content all week and helps us to deepen a specific topic.
3. Facilitates the sharing of resources and content
Any social media is a fantastic vehicle for any student to spread resources or contained therein. This makes these resources generate one collaborative library that many students can use and learn from it.
It is true that today there is a lot of information on the Internet infoxication so it is very important that you learn to select only those contents that interest or have more value for your teaching process.
4. Generation and activities to deepen discussions on a topic
Before the emergence of social networks, discussions in Internet forums were made, but since his arrival is the best tool for discussion, and there are social networks like Twitter we can continue discussions analyzing the hashtag of the debate created, and thus allowing anyone can think and discuss this issue with just using that hashtag.
Within Networks it is possible to create a group, such as Facebook, or community such as Google+, where students and teachers can interact and discuss any topic.
5. Enables communication with professionals in any field
Through Network students can communicate with teachers in their own school or other institutions, and all in a matter of a few seconds.
Even a student can contact other students from other countries studying the same career or study, and share impressions and experiences.
Top 5 Disadvantages of social networking in Education
1. Failure to protect students
Students are exposed to a number of dangers if proper precautions are not taken to avoid cases such as:
Grooming. They are actions to gain the friendship of a minor by an adult for sexual abuse.
Cyberbullying or ‘cyberbullying’. The ‘cyberbullying’ is peer bullying via the Internet, mobile telephony or online gaming.
Instantaneity of communication in social networks can generate in students a need for immediate response, and this is something that should be avoided. A similar example could be the whatsapp, when we received a message not necessarily have to answer at that moment.
It is important that they form students to use social networks as a tool training.
3. Distraction by the excessive use
Any misuse can damage our normal rest life and consequently also adversely affect our academic performance.
This part of reconciliation students is the hardest part now because now it comes to normalize situations that are not, with the aim of “taking iron” to the issue and look normal to always be connected to the Internet.
4. Reduction of human relationships
Social media should not reduce communication and interaction that students have in class, but obviously if the student makes an excessive use and devotes too many hours, this logically affect human relationships you have with other people around.
We must always avoid making rational and rationed use the social networks.
5. Addiction to Social Networks
Ask yourself something, how many hours you spend connected to social networks?
To date hundreds anyone can receive notifications in social networks because most likely have different apps installed on your Smartphone, and this makes it possible to fall into the error remain connected to them.
Addiction to Social Networks is a problem that we know how to detect in our students, and maybe you can help for example tell you fill out a survey anonymously, marking one of the options that refer to the number of daily hours dedicated to him:
0-2 hours / day.
2-4 hours / day.
4-6 hours / day.
6-8 hours / day.
+8 Hours / day.
With the results you can detect if you have cases of addiction and thus to take action awareness and training on the subject, so that students are no longer necessary.