We all know social media plays a massive part in modern culture and our day-to-day lives. We use it catch up with friends, follow our favourite bands, and even to shop. Social media offers versatility and flexibility in how we communicate with others, so with that in mind, why shouldn’t it also be used as an effective learning tool?

Many schools and colleges are already turning to social networks like Facebook and Twitter to create conversations with learners. That’s because these channels offer collaborative environments where ideas and thoughts can be shared instantaneously, from anywhere in the world, and it invites response from others.

For instance, if you run an English literature class, you could have a closed group on Facebook for your learners to access. Their homework for their week could be to participate in an online discussion conducted via a Facebook post.

Instead of having your students put their heads down and answer set questions by themselves, they are now engaging with each other via your Facebook post. As a result, you’ve engaged their minds using social media and evoked passionate debate.

Social media can also be a fantastic way for you to share resources with learners and your learners can share their own resources too. A Retweeted post could offer a wealth of information to your learners within seconds. And because it’s immediate, you don’t have to wait until the next classroom session to share it with your learners.

What social media offers is interactive learning. It’s a chance for learners to demonstrate their abilities in a live forum and it also breaks down barriers. Some learners, for instance, may not be comfortable sharing their ideas in a classroom environment due to anxiety. Social media removes that barrier and instead gives those learners the chance to shine.

There’s no question that using social media as a learning tool will break down barriers while promoting learner engagement. Introduce it to your curriculum and let us know if you see an improvement!