Social media now occupies a prominent place in everyone’s daily life. For example, according to the “ 115 Surprising Facts About Social Media” infographic , 92% of teens say they use social media every day, and 71% use multiple social media. In addition, 58% of adults have a Facebook profile.
Students and teachers are no exception, and it is sometimes difficult to do without.
Social interaction platforms present several dangers, including misinformation, but also several advantages when used properly. As mentioned in essays on sociology at writix, social media is a new form of interaction that can have both positive and negative impact on students. This is why it is important to educate young people on how to make use of social media for their education.
Facebook: unity is strength
It is the first social network to consult during review periods . Starting with the group of your promotion or your class. Here, a lot of very useful information is exchanged there. It’s also on Facebook that you can find entire courses shared by your classmates, in case yours are incomplete. But be careful, using the courses gleaned from a promo group can be very risky.
Twitter: bet on hashtags and teachers
Don’t get me wrong, you won’t integrate your eco class with 280-character messages! However, Twitter can support you morally during your war effort! The hashtags around the baccalaureate and the partials will let you know the tweets of students in the same situation as you, their moods and their jokes. Something to find comfort and encourage each other. Also, certain accounts, such as @bbcle, which gives turns of phrase and grammar, or even @vocable_english, which posts notions of vocabulary, are a good idea to put Twitter to good use.
Do not hesitate to subscribe to the accounts of teachers , more and more numerous on the platform. If some of them tweet their life at school in a tone of humor and derision, they sometimes find all their seriousness during revision periods. Thus @prof_2_maths often posts “tips for learning certain concepts”, and confides that some students come to him for help on Twitter! You can exchange with teachers in 280 characters, so why deprive yourself of it?
YouTube: the tutorial fair
YouTube is an inexhaustible mine of videos relaying methodological advice to optimize your revisions. You’ll find everything: students like Evatitude , professional videographers like Mathrix , and teachers like Les Bons Profs.
Whatever material you are interested in, you are bound to find a shoe that suits you. Nandini, 24, a master’s student at Sciences Po Paris, remembers, for example, “having passed her accounting exam thanks to a YouTube channel!”
Instagram: moral support!
Like on Twitter, Instagram is not suitable for revisions stricto sensu. In France, accounts dedicated specifically to revisions do not exist. That said, for Mathrixvideos , bloggers, youtubers and instagrammers followed by nearly 200,000 subscribers, this social network can be useful “to give advice or prepare for the exam from a moral point of view. It’s time to subscribe to accounts relaying inspirational quotes on motivation, personal development and success!
Snapchat: we don’t forget you!
Last year, the National Education launched challenges on Snapchat to future graduates. Will there be any innovations for the 2018 session? In the meantime, you can use the social network’s messaging system like Messenger, but in a more interactive and intuitive way . Natacha, for example, used it a lot in the context of practical work for the partials. She posts there, within a dedicated group, photos of cases of horse diseases with which she is confronted. And everyone can discuss it and make a diagnosis.
The ease with which one can generally comment on social media posts allows for quick feedback from peers and teachers. In addition, when used in a learning situation, these media encourage young people to reflect and maintain a critical judgment with regard to their words, which they must sometimes reformulate, polish and refine before publishing them.