In this era of digital media, where social networking like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn make us socialism and provide a platform where users can dialog, exchange ideas, find answers to questions and get connected very fast with each other. So how one can say that it makes us less sociable. These sites are designed to foster collaboration and discussion.
A part of these benefits, still many critics argue that there are serious risks to using social media in the classroom. What are these risks? Or do they outweigh the potential for opportunity?
Before coming to the conclusion let us have a look on pros and cons of online school.
Online tutoring can enhance communication among students and teachers. For instance, teachers can answer students’ questions immediately 24/7 and also can help them to complete their homework assignments and lesson plans, by sending messages and updates. Students can openly ask questions from tutors that are not possible in the classroom. As we know some time because of the time limit or sometime student feel shy to ask the same question again and again in front of all students. On the other side, online classes give good environment to a student to ask any kind of question without any hesitation.
With online tutoring, the teacher can easily collaborate and discuss, create meaningful dialogue, exchange ideas, and boost student interaction. Also, there is a number of tools available in online tutoring where students can easily solve their problems at any time anywhere they have not need to wait until tomorrow to solve their problems. However, such kind of tools is not available in the traditional classroom.
The online class is an effective way to increase student engagement and build better communication skills. We all know very well how today's generation is expert to use new technologies and online classes make this concept crystal clear, for example, students who rarely raise a hand in class- room may feel more comfortable expressing themselves in the online class. Online tutoring platforms enable teachers to establish “back channels” of foster discussion and surface ideas that students are too shy can intimidate voice out loud.
Some common complaints among educators are that social media is distracting in the classroom. Often people say, the things are wrong but they can't see the things are not wrong we make them wrong. For example, If we use these tools like Facebook and Twitter in a wrong way no doubt students will be distracted.
Some educators say that students become uncomfortable to express themselves because students are missing valuable lessons in real-life social skills. During college admission or job interviews when students need to command attention and deliver a coherent message on that time may students can feel difficulties to express their self.
Today, no part of life is untouched from social media. Today's generation conducts much of their life through social media channels. Undoubtedly, students already use social networking sites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter as tools for learning and collaboration. They expect that their campuses will follow suit. Keeping this in mind, it seems wise for today's institutions to get on the social media train and find ways to successfully integrate these tools into the classroom.