CrossPost from : Incorporating Social Media In Education K-12
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Have you ever asked a person why they don’t use social media? Most have some excuse about not having it as a kid, so why should they use it now. It really doesn’t matter what their excuse is because without even saying it, the perception is that they are afraid of using social media or don’t understand the power of it.
In order for educators and others in a role dealing with individuals, there must me an active involvement in the use of social media. You don’t have to be an expert, but if your profession is one of teaching or building relationships with the community, then it might be a good reason to understand and engage in social media. If you are working with young adults and not exposing them to this type of communication, or at least letting them see you in an active role with social media, then you may be doing more harm than good.
By using social media, it doesn’t mean you are “conforming” or “doing what everyone else is doing”, but it does mean you have the ability to change and direct others into a direction that will create a better learning environment to help benefit everyone in your circle of friends and profession.
Be an active part with your students, your kids, your grandchildren, your neighbors, your businesses partners, and any other group of individuals to help expand your own world, as well as become an influence on the lives of others.
As an educator, it’s my responsibility to be involved in social media to help my students develop into creative, passionate thinkers and learners. It doesn’t take much, just stay involved with our changing world to make a difference in the future.
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