I was thinking today about how social media leads to more time of procrastination and that it can be a big problem for many students. But then instead I started thinking of all school-related stuff that you also use social media for and that is actually a lot when you come to think of it. For example in this course we use this blog to share news and opinions about things that are relevant to the content of the course. In another course I’m studying at the moment, which is about XML, we use the discussion forum on bilda to ask for help to other students or to the lab assistants. The lections are also uploaded to http://www.slideshare.net/ so that you can listen to them again or skip the lecture and only listen to the presentation at home. I’m often using Wikipedia to check out some concept that I don’t understand, if Wikipedia is good or bad can be discussed. Even Facebook can be used, there is a friend of mine who always start a group for every course and it is always a great forum to share some tips or ask for help. Also if you are doing a group project then starting a group on Facebook is also a great way of staying in touch and discuss things. https://docs.google.com is another great tool for group project where you can collectively write documents.
So I think it is very interesting how the education system revolutionizes through the use of social media. I have a cousin who is fourteen so he goes in lower secondary school and they get a macbook. I remember when I was in that age, only 8 years ago, we got three pencils and a rubber. So it seems the times are changing or that my school was really poor and my cousins school is really rich, I’m not sure which. What do you think of social media for learning? What social media tools are you using for your education?