Fast-evolving and dynamic, the digital media has completely transformed the way we communicate with others. Unlike other eras, we are more connected with each other. With a tablet, smartphone, and other gadgets, it is literally possible to ‘plug in’ virtually from anywhere. Did you know that on an average, 2.5 billion people plug in every day in different social media platforms and a majority of them are students? What is the relevance of the content shared via social media platforms? Let us look at 5 ways in which students can benefit from using social media.
As a beginner, students must be smart with their social media accounts. They should break the habit of posting anything spontaneously and impulsively. In order to create meaningful digital presence for their future, students need to avoid posts ‘made in the moment’. If you want to create an accurate digital portfolio which is insightful, you must think about meaningful and deliberate posts.
Students normally post content to impress their friends. It stems largely from their thrill of receiving positive feedback through tweets, comments, shares, likes and new followers. In the process, students completely forget the larger social media audience. But you do need to remember that most college admission officers, employers, coaches, scholarship committees often form the first impressions of a person based on social media review prior to a real-life meet. Students must use their social media profiles to reflect their attributes and skills they wish to convey to their potential employers and peers.
All social media platforms use the method of storytelling to grab the attention of the audience. Students can use the same method through photos, words, audio and videos to tell their stories. You can use your Instagram account, to create rich-content displays. You can turn a blogger and use your own experiences to enrich your LinkedIn platform. Narrate your high-school and college experiences to create an impact on your future employers. As for your co-curricular activities, interests and other details, you can use your Facebook account.
As you learn to use social media wisely, you connect with experts on various topics via social media. You soon learn about the experts in particular subjects and fields. As you start following these experts, you soon learn more and gain useful content from the experts. Social media helps to broaden your perspective; you can engage the experts to get answers on topics you need.
Students can use social media platforms to establish a context for themselves. With a social media platform, students can use both project-based learning and place-based education to connect to people, places and various ideas outside the curriculum map.
Have a new idea? Use the social media platform to share it with others who will be interested in your ideas. You can document the process of that particular idea like where it came from, how it changed, what you can do with it, and the main ways in which it can be influenced, and what you can do with it. By using the creative and connected abilities of the social media, you can simply amplify that particular concept.