Over the weekend I have been doing some research on pros and cons of social media in education because I see the gap between some of the “digitised” thinking students versus “the analogue” thinking ones and generally because I am interested.
I have come across this article (right click to download). I tend to agree with Mark Connolly: Knowing when, where, and with whom to use social media, may be the most important learning outcome of all. I have viewed the YouTube clip on this blog and find that while it may be exiting to the already “digitised” person (for whom it is aimed – I get that) it may come across as a threat to the “analogue” person. Do it now or you will miss out!!
With regards to introducing social media in the learning environment I come from the point of view as a teacher (as opposed from a business point of view) and I think we should be aware of the pros AND the cons so that we can give students the best of both worlds. There are good examples of this in the video clip (linked below) e.g. how Apple does not solely rely on online sales but has kept the old-fashioned face-to-face point of contact also.
Click here for the video and full blog post – http://o2speakers.com/blog/2013/02/digilogue-connecting-with-digital-minds-and-analogue-hearts/