Should social media be used as a learning tool?

04/10/2012 | ZDNet

This blog post addresses the pros and cons of using social media as a teaching tool. Among the benefits to using tools such as Facebook and Twitter in the classroom are students' familiarity with the sites, available resources and their ability to assist in research, blogger Charlie Osborne writes. Social media sites also help engage students in lessons and appeal to varied learning styles, she adds. However, the same tools may create distractions, facilitate cyberbullying and require filters, she notes.

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