Journal #4

Journal #4

Role of social media on education

The role of social media has evolved a lot over the last decade in all aspects of our lives, such as school, work and personal lives. I completed my diploma in nursing at Langara College 12 years ago; at this stage social media such as twitter, facebook, and YouTube was not used in classroom setting in the nursing program. Some forms of media which was used in class for teaching was videos, flip charts, over head projectors, and face to face communication. Some educators were just getting familiar with the computer systems. Even though we were expected to use computers to complete our assignment, the expectation was to print out our assignments and hand them in to our instructors, rather than emailing them to our instructors.  Once I enrolled at VCC to complete my BSN and the PIDP, I was shocked to see the increase of social media used by teachers and students in class and out of classroom to complete projects and assignments.  When I went to my first class, I saw students using technology such as laptops, iphones and ipads to take notes. After my first class I rushed out to get a laptop, because I recognized it was the most efficient tool to use to take notes during class. Instructors are also using media such as YouTube clips to enhance learning and to keep students engaged during class, rather than just standing in front of class and giving a lecture. Power point slides are also used to get educational information across to students. In the ethics class which I took about a year, we had a group assignment of creating a blog, because I was too tech savvy at that point another classmate created the blog and I contributed by adding content into the blog. Now that I have created a blog on my own, I understand what a blog is and the use of it. An experience which reminds me of the increase of media use in education is the lab setting in nursing program; I was also stunned to see computer programmed manikins which are used to test student’s knowledge on the spot. Instructors program the manikins to have a particular health problem and students are to demonstrate their communication skills, assessment skills and knowledge to safely care for the manikin as if it were a real patient in the hospital. The lab settings have technologically advanced from the labs in which I practiced my skills on 12 years ago. Watching the video on “Nursing Education in second life” reminds me of the similarity between the manikins used in the lab setting in the nursing program at VCC and the virtual reality setting.

Social media such as twitter and facebook are used readily in schools to get information out to students, teachers and the general public, quickly and efficiently. It’s a great way of communicating with each other as a group rather than individually, which saves time for the instructors and students. Facebook and twitter are also great tools for group discussions, communication and interacting back and forth amongst each other. I personally use facebook and Skype to communicate with friends and family and now that I have an iphone I can use these tools more readily and instantly rather than going home to use them.

From taking the “enhanced media course”, I learned the importance of using a blog for my work to keep a record of changes of policy and procedures, any educational course and in services which I attended. While creating the blog, I got more comfortable using social media, such as YouTube, Facebook and twitter.

The pros of using social media for education are:

-easy for generation Y to use this tool, because they are already comfortable using social media on a daily basis-educators can use current news feeds, follow public figures to engage conversation and use them as teaching tools in classroo

-it can also enhance engagement of students who are shy to put hands up in class

-it’s a great communication tool that can be used for sending out reminders, posting homework and organizing projects and events

-students entering the workforce can also use social networking sites to network and find employment

-teaches student responsibility and hold them accountable if social media is used incorrectly

-students are also forced to learn issues around privacy policies.

Cons of using social media for education are:

-it’s seen as a distraction for students in class, it disrupts the learning process.

-cyber bullying is also seen as a negative impact of social media

-limiting face to face communication

-schools and teachers need to keep up to date with the changes

-inappropriate content sharing or exposure is seen as an issue as well

-financial burden on the parents to provide their child with the devices


“Top Ten Tips to help keep kids safe online”


The new “cyberworld” in which we live impacts us all in many ways, but the greatest impact is perhaps on our children. They use technology and the internet as their primary means of communication – and it affects how they cope, adapt and learn. And while there are many great things about evolving technology, there has been a lot of discussion lately on the dangers of the internet particularly among children. Awareness, early intervention, and prevention are key. As parents of the “internet generation” it is our responsibility to keep our children safe – by educating ourselves and then teaching our children how to use the internet and technology responsibly. Just as we teach them how to cross a street, tie their shoes and say “please and thank you,” basic life lessons must also include teaching them the proper way to use internet-based technology such as computers, tablets, smartphones, game consoles, etc. Just as you would ask your child where they are going if they were going out to play or to visit friends, you need to start the conversation about internet safety by asking them where they are going and what they are doing online. At school we regularly engage students in discussions about responsible and ethical online use. Our codes of conduct and behavioral expectations also extend to the virtual world ofthe internet. We invite you to work with us in spreading the message to your children about staying safe while using the internet. On the back of this page are some tips that will help you create a safe internet experience for your family. We encourage you to discuss these tips as a family and create a set of rules together. Then tape this set of rules to the fridge or another central place in your home as areminder to everyone to use the internet appropriately and safely. In addition to keeping kids safe online, you can find supportive information on dealing with the dynamics of bullying in face to face situations at look forward to working together with you to help keep our kids safe.

Burnaby School District’s

Safe & Caring Schools Team

Top Ten Tips To Help Keep Kids Safe Online

1. Set clear, developmentally appropriate, family rules about the internet for the safety and best interest of your child. Work together to create realistic options that work for the entire family. Children should not have 24/7 access to the internet – that includes smart phone text messaging too!

2. Keep computers, laptops and other devices in a common area of the house like the kitchen. Make yourself available when your child is online, and check in regularly. Younger children should have constant supervision.

3. Do not threaten to take away the use of your child’s internet-based devices but set reasonable consequences if/when your child breaks the rules. Be aware that children can easily find other ways to get online (i.e. friend’s home). Children often don’t tell adults about inappropriate online situations as they are worried that they will lose their device or online privileges.

4. Promote open communication about your child’s online activities. Show your child you are willing to listen even if you do not have all the answers.

5. Encourage your child to come to you if they accidentally come across an inappropriate site (pornographic, violent). DO NOT overreact with anger. Instead find out how they may have found this site and teach them how to safely find what they were looking for.

6. Be tech-savvy and stay informed about the changing technology your child is using. Make use of internet safety resources like a) b) c) d)

7. Model the online behaviour that you expect your child to follow. Be aware of what you are posting.

8. Know your child’s online friends. It is important to know who your child is speaking to online and ensure that they never meet anyone in person without you going with them.

9. Teach what you know. The internet is a new medium for traditional parenting lessons. Bullies, strangers and harsh content online does exist just like in the real world.

10. Explain to your child why they should not post personal information like photos, names or addresses. Teach them to think carefully about what they post because

once you push send it lives in “cyberspace” forever.

Thank you to School District 68 for providing the original template of Top Ten Tips.

Journal #3

Journal  #3


The video on “The growing use of twitter by today’s educator” was short and brief, but it didn’t give me a lot of information as to why educators like or dislike twitter. He talks about a study he saw on the internet in regards to use of twitter by educators. He talks about the positive and negative use of twitter in classroom settings which is expressed by educators. He starts off by stating how the most popular post viewed is on, 100 ways of teaching with Twitter. Twitter has more than 100 million users; the popularity of twitter use is growing by 300,000 people per day. He states educators are still reluctant in trialing this new form of communicating because it needs to be used from an electronic device which educators still have a difficult time using.  He states according to the study, the popularity of twitter use in education is growing especially in colleges. In this particular study conducted in 2010 out of 1,372 educators over 35% state they are using twitter, which is up from 2009 when only 30.7% of educators used twitter. The educators, who use twitter, use it to mostly to communicate or share information with their peers. It is not used as a teaching tool as much; however the use of twitter in classroom setting is starting to increase by educators. From the study he discusses some of the benefits of using twitter: “it’s a good way to mass communicate to the people who are signed on twitter”, “twitter and face book helped with recruitment and helped with engaging students”. Some negative things noted in the study are “limits the ability to converse”. Some concerns are it “creates poor writing skills, has little education value, leaves no time for reflection, waste of time and distracts students from what they should be doing, texting creates poor grammar and spelling”. He brings up a great point by stating these are just tools to help with education, and these tools aren’t what are used for education, they only guide with the education. He also mentions educators should have an open mind when using these tools for education.


              I personally don’t use twitter for my personal use, however I do see a growing us of twitter by many businesses. Lately I have noticed the twitter sign being advertised on television shows, commercials and other forms of social media. I do agree to some degree that it could be used for sending out messages to students and a way instructors can communicate with each other, however there are other ways instructors can do these tasks. I feel the video was too brief and I didn’t get too much information out of it, except for statistics on the use of twitter by educators in 2009/2010. It is 2 years later and by now the popularity of twitter use has grown. I would have gained more knowledge about the use of twitter, if the video elaborated on the keys points on how to teach with twitter.


I think twitter could be used more often in some sectors, only if everyone knew how to use it or they had the equipment or tools to use it. In the educational domain twitter would be difficult to use because there are many students who are not familiar or comfortable using this type of tool to communicate. Within the health care sector twitter would be great to use to share general information; however health care professional must be cognisant of confidentiality issues around the use of social media. Recently some of my colleagues were using face book to discuss client issues without using names in the text, however it was viewed as preaching confidentially. We are also advised not to use patients name only abbreviations when sending out emails, in fear the email could be sent in error to the wrong person, so using twitter would be very difficult to use in health care when discussing patient care.


I work for Fraser Health Authority and recently noted on the website they are using twitter to send messages to the public for flu shot clinics, youth clinic, immunization clinics, and other announcements to get information to the public, it’s amazing to see how social media is changing the way health care professionals are getting information to people. There is a positive force to use these forms of communication to get information across to people, because vast majority of the general public have access of some form of technology to use tools such as twitter or face book. I recently spoke with a public health clinical resource nurse and she had mentioned that nurse out in the community are getting trained on how to use twitter to send message in regards to upcoming events. I guess when I go back to work after my maternity leave, I will be also getting this training, however taking this media course has opened up my horizon on this form of social media already and it will be easier to understand the use of twitter.