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Social media as educational tool

Students are engaging in social media in the classrooms.
Students are engaging in social media in the classrooms.
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Due to the popularity of the social media especially among the millennials, teachers are now integrating social media into the classroom.

A study by the Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson in 2013 showed that of the 8,000 faculty members in higher education surveyed agree that “the interactive nature of online and mobile technologies create better learning environments.”

The study also showed that digital communications makes it easier to communicate with students. It also added that the use of social media in teaching has increased to 21.3 percent in 2013, with 41 percent of the respondents using social media as a classroom tool.

It also showed that faculty members are likely encouraging students to engage in social media through creation of blogs, podcasts or use of LinkedIn Twitter and Facbook.

The study stated that teachers will most likely use Facebook compared to the rest of the social media outlet but prefer to use blogs and wikis in classrooms.

Jeff Seaman, co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group was quoted as saying, “faculty are not only expanding their use of social media, but also becoming more sophisticated in their use.”

He added, “We see steady growth in adoption year over year, however there are still great concerns that we hear from every age group and that holds educators back from full adoption in their teaching.”

Although some teachers are still reluctant to use social media in classrooms, such as Facebook or Twitter because they can be disruptive, one social media platform that is proving to be a very reliable educational tool is Audioboo.

Audioboo is an audio sharing social media platform owned by London-based Audioboom Group PLC (BOOM.L). According to the Audioboo case study by the Sites.Google, it can result to a vast educational experience both for students and teachers. A combination of audio and social media, web-based podcasts can be created and can be easily uploaded and shared.

Appsinclass Website stated that Audioboo is very useful, it can be used for digital storytelling, create historical podcasts, in English class it can be used to record audios on how to properly pronounce words. It can also be used to create audio newsletters.

“Schools and universities around the world are embracing Audioboo as the easiest, most effective way to give teachers and students a voice. Audio enriches the curriculum, engages the learner and creates conversations that build community,” Audiboo’s company website stated.

Audioboo was launched in 2009 and works on iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone. One appeal of Audioboo for classroom use is that the Audioboo feed can be shared on Facebook and Twitter. And it is also linked to the iTunes as a podcast.
Audioboo is also used by radio stations, broadcasters, journalists, producers, podcasters, musicians and artists.

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