Tech & Innovation in Higher Ed

While some of the applications and social media are being used in the classroom quite a bit often, some of them are not preferred. Some teachers believe that usually the new applications and social media that are in the  process of development might have less potential to be used and eventually these new online products would be used as much as others, but it seems to be that would not be the case. Some of the instructors are even opposed to use any platform in the class because they believe that these are “disruptive” technologies and have no benefits for the students.

Before discussing about why some types of platforms are being used in the class more often than others. I would say the best way that worked out for me in using the “disruptive technology” was to be self-governed. If teachers showed us the benefits and importance of their work at beginning and encouraged the students to participate in debates and hand-on activities, the students would not allow themselves to be distracted by any means. Distraction would happen no matter using technology in the classroom or banning it! However, the self-governed, motivated and happy-to-be-in-class student could prevent it from happening.

Along the same lines, some platforms, applications or social media such as YouTube are extensively accepted in the classrooms, while some others such as twitter are slower to be implemented. As a matter of fact only about less than 3% percent of teachers are using microblogging site—which limits posts to 140 characters—in class. Personally, I believe that the fact that how the platform is being used has a significant effect on the instructor decision to use or not use the special platform.

Following up on the implementation of different platforms it is has been reported that false information takes over much faster and more widespread in Twitter. For instance, during the first three months of 2014, 93 percent of tweets related to the issue of Obamacare supported the false claim, while only 7 percent were “corrective” tweets. The same trends are being observed with the social media such as Facebook.  In general, the way that a student could get and use the information in Twitter is different than YouTube website, and teachers are inclined to transform the most correct information for their teaching purposes. Therefore, it could be one of the many reasons that they tend to use YouTube more than twitter, or some specific social media rather than others.

In general, implementation of social media, or any other facilities if it is planned and discussed with the students appropriately would be highly beneficent since they could convey a lot of information for educational purposes.




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