An article regarding social media in the workplace caught my eye recently and it got me thinking about the broader ramifications of social media. The article documented a study that showed that one in three grads consider salary less important than the ability to access social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter in the workplace. Putting aside your (understandably negative) knee-jerk reactions to this little tidbit, we have to instead examine just how ingrained social media is into our daily lives, especially as more young people are being brought up with increased access to these sites.
What I want to pose to educators out there is how would you choose to better integrate social media in the classroom? Is it even possible? Consider that many teachers in the country are already incorporating Twitter into their lessons and experiencing increased participation from students. There are even teachers who have encouraged their students to create a Facebook page for characters from a book they are reading, thereby allowing the student to virtually inhabit the character they are studying and immersing themselves in the storyline.
With more and more students being brought up in a world where the social media has always been a mainstay, perhaps there should be a move to incorporate it into the classroom. After all, these social media sites manage to keep a young person’s attention for hours on end and by integrating it in the classroom, students may now devote the same time and energy to the lessons learned in school.
Now excuse me while I tweet about this blog post.