An Exploration into the Pedagogical Benefits of Using Social Media: Can Educators Incorporate Social Media into Pedagogy Successfully? A work in progress

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Many social networking sites have been thought to break down traditional hierarchies in terms of society and global geography (Lewis,2017). As an example, Twitter empowers learners to engage with individuals from all over the world, often sharing educational resources for free. This ‘work in progress’ paper adopts a mixed-methods model to explore if social media can be incorporated successfully with pedagogy. In total, 431 participants took part in this study. Of those, 411 completed the survey, and 20 were subjects in the interviews. Teachers described professional reasons andsocial reasons why they do not use social media regularly in their pedagogy. One emerging theme is that CPD appears to be underdeveloped in this area, as teachers’ report that TEL training focuses on administrative uses of a product rather than pedagogical benefits. This has implications on how social media could be used as a pedagogical tool and addresses gaps in the literature in this area. This direction of social media in the classroom remains unclear, however, this study aims to offer a framework for educators when using social media strategies.Keywords:Pedagogy, Social Media, EducatorThis article is is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon work non-commercially, and although the new works must also acknowledge & be non-commercial.INTRODUCTIONThe ubiquity of social media including Facebook and Twitter is no more apparent thanin the education industry (Tess,2013). Drawing on anecdotal evidence, pupils arrive at school and instantly recall last night’s social media activities. Nevertheless, in learning contexts, few schools take advantage of how children become enthused and the potential these platforms may have. Ferguson (2013)reports that many teachers are not implementing any social media strategies into their classrooms. Schools have introduced
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-78
Number of pages9
JournalABC Journal of Advanced Research
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2020

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