In the year 2000, 70 million computers were connected to the Internet. Each of those computers had a person operating it. Why not connect with each other? In 2003, MySpace was created, Linden Lab opened the virtual world Second Life on the Internet, and LinkedIn was created. One year later, in 2004, Facebook was created and changed the world as we know it. In 2006, Twitter was launched, and Google had indexed more than 25 million web pages.
Today, online instructors use Facebook to connect with their students. The instructor gets to see their students and the students get to see the instructor. This provides a more personal experience for the students. Facebook can be used as the central communication hub where instructors can post announcements, assignment directions, and reminders, as well as pictures, videos, and add “handouts.” Facebook sends a notification out when instructors add posts and lets the instructor know when the student has seen it.
Facebook gives classes a place for some “fun stuff.” It doesn’t have to be all work and no play. As an added bonus, students like Facebook.
Using Twitter in education helps connect teachers and students on a wider level and on a more personal level. Since Twitter is omnipresent – on our smartphones and laptops – interactions can reach beyond the classroom. It allows users to quickly connect to multimedia resources like Youtube or Vine. The use of hashtags helps learners find the related posts.
We’ve come a long way from the excitement of “friending” for the first time. We are now using our social networks to engage the minds of learners, connect on a personal level, and add a little fun along the way. It’s a wonderful world of education we live in.
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