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Discover ways to enhance teaching and learning with the use of social media.

Peer-to-Peer Learning with Skype star
Today, teachers’ roles are changing from instructing students to facilitating learning. Learning activities that promote group interaction are used as teaching strategies to broaden knowledge bases in classroom environments.

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Social Capital and Learning star
If you use social media, you realize the instant access to knowledge you have, particularly in connection with social groups. Nevertheless, there is a misconception that social media is a waste of time, a bad habit that contributes to social isolation.

Teach Political Science with Twitter star
Using Twitter in a classroom requires careful planning to ensure that incorporating it into the course syllabus will optimize the learning experience. Twitter delivers access to numerous real-time current events that can be a valuable instructional tool.

Teaching and Learning in Virtual Worlds star
Schools such as Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Stanford have developed university tours within SL for potential students to visit the campus virtually. This is a great first step that introduces SL to students, allowing them the opportunity to learn about it firsthand.

Teaching and Learning Through Social Media star
The popularity of social media includes high school and college students communicating and collaborating on a regular daily basis, with the generation of Baby Boomers following along. Even seniors are starting to embrace social media as a way to stay in touch with family and friends.

Teaching with LinkedIn star
LinkedIn is a global social media service designed for professional networking with business colleagues or future prospects. Think of LinkedIn as a progressive method of discussing your work background and exchanging business cards, minus the actual cards.

Teaching with Wordpress star
Many marketing tools today allow users to incorporate a variety of social networking applications; Wordpress is one of these tools. It can provide users with a great launching pad to begin conceptualizing their eMarketing strategy, and it can be used as a great companion tool for class projects.

Using Facebook Groups to Collaborate star
Countless universities have already produced a university network page to share campus events, highlights, and photos of those events. The group feature allows university educators to create a private group as a companion tool for their course.

Why is Social Media so Alluring? star
Social media offers many valuable capabilities beyond sharing a great selfie. It is a newly evolved form of socialization, and what once appeared to be a fad, is only gaining momentum.

Women and Social Media star
Women have the desire to learn and grow, so much so that the number of female college students in the United States exceeds the number of male students.

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