Participatory learning and social media

Participatory learning increases the students part of learning. The amount of freedom and responsible increases. The study path is flexible and the progress is free from place or time, learning is building a common knowledge and student is involved in learning assessment.

Critical media literacy should be taught from primary school to the end university studies. The amount of disinformation increases all the time and sometimes it is difficult to notice which information is reliable and which not. With this I mean especially social media. In Facebook I see disinformation daily. The same goes for chain messages in Whats App. Since Twitter is “more in professional use” it can be considered a bit more reliable.

Use of social media platforms is justifiable in teaching, but it may cause also problems. Social media can be used for bullying or inappropriate behavior. Some of the students may have personal reasons for not having any social media accounts and this should be option.

It is important to make sure that student know how to use ICT tools. They are taught to use them responsibly and in a safe way. Students are taught to use technology in information management and they can practice using them in interaction and networking.

Whats App groups are great for rapid communication, but when the group is big enough a constant flood of messages is just a burden and hindrance to concentration. Gladly notifications on your cell phone can be muted.

References:
Cite Journal – Participatory Learning Through Social Media: How and Why Social Studies Educators Use Twitter
Civic Media – Henry Jenkins: Participatory Culture, Politics, and Learning
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