Social media becoming the new classroom for kids’ k-12 education
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Social media becoming the new classroom for kids’ k-12 education

Social media becoming the new classroom for kids’ k-12 education

We could be looking at a revolution in learning that goes beyond the classroom. Welcome to social media education

  • TikTok offers content created by teachers, academics, various scholars, historians, and art critics
  • LinkedIn's e-Learning for Kids is is dedicated to opening doors to education worldwide
  • Teachers across the world are using Instagram to engage with students and their parents

Oh how COVID-19 has changed the way we work and learn. And today, it’s not just about work from home (WFH) or remote learning. It’s now about 'Work from anywhere' concepts and K-12 education via social media channels.

We looked at the various social media channels and the head-scratching result is that we could be looking at a revolution in learning that goes beyond the classroom.  

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TikTok

At first glance, TikTok seems to be a fun social media platform with amusing videos ranging from dancing to risky challenges, but TikTok has also published educational content, and its volume is growing every day. 

TikTok also offers practical content created by teachers, academics, various scholars, historians, art critics, and other professionals from around the world who share short videos demonstrating laboratory experiments, solving math problems, telling historical events, teaching anatomy, and many other areas.  

When searching for such videos after opening an account, use a hashtag sign and a word or short phrase on a specific topic, such as #antarctic or #climatechange. 

  • #learnontiktok. This hashtag applies to educational videos, but it can also include a variety of tips and lifehacks. 
  • #[schoolsubject]. The name of the subject like #math, #history, #economics, #algebra or related subjects can be used for instant hashtagging.    

“Parents should not forget to configure the privacy and security of children's accounts,” comments Andis Steinmanis, General Manager, Kaspersky, Baltics.

To know more about the protection of TikTok accounts from hackers and spammers, use this Kaspersky link.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn has something called:  Programming Foundations: Programming for Kids.

Programming and the skills kids gain through it can help them feel accomplished while giving them a head start in our fast-paced digital world. 

This course is designed to help parents and educators introduce programming concepts to kids of all ages, from grammar school to high school. David Gassner, author of over 60 video-based technical training courses for software developers, starts with a description of different learning styles, then introduces mobile device apps for young programmers and introduces software such as Scratch for more advanced animation, MIT App Inventor for programming real Android apps, and tools that teach core languages like JavaScript and Java. 

The final chapter covers how kids can work with robots and other hardware which show how programming can work in the real world.

Additionally on LinkedIn, e-Learning for Kids is a global non-profit organization that is dedicated to opening doors to education worldwide, using fun and free learning on the Internet for students over 5, with over 200+ courses in math, science, language arts, computers, English as a second language, health and life skills. 

Twitter

Twitter and UNESCO have been working together since mid-2018 to advance the conversation around media and information literacy.

Educators use Twitter in many ways, including The Digital Classroom where kids learn media and information literacy, including digital skills as well as global citizenship. Twitter is a great tool to get ideas from other educators. With the ‘School Community’, teachers and administrators can use Twitter to share classroom or school news.

One helpful way to connect and share with other educators on Twitter is by using #hashtags.   

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Facebook

There are numerous groups on Facebook offering education and learning services for K-12 kids. 

The aim of Learning 4 Kids is to provide numerous fun activities for families, teachers, educators to use with young children as playtime is a valuable tool for learning and developing young minds.  

In this kids learning video on Facebook, toddlers and pre-schoolers can find out about dinosaurs and how they roamed the earth over one hundred million years ago.    

Facebook has also started a new initiative to help students attain the capability to surf safely through the internet.

The new initiative is called ‘Get Digital’ and covers a lot of educational areas with each one coming with a video summary of the subject and providing links to authentic resources.  

Instagram

This Children’s Learning Adventure link on Instagram offers high-quality infant, toddler, preschool/Pre-K, before and after school programs.

While Learning Resources has been providing for over 30 years educational toys have helped children build life skills and be ready to take on the world.

According to Wordstream, there are 800 million people on Instagram, and a third of the users are teenagers.  

Teachers across the world are finding ways to use Instagram to engage with their students and their parents by first creating a separate, private classroom account after which you can get busy searching related #hashtags and posting images right away.

Begin by searching #teachersofinstagram and then follow where the hashtag leads you.

Instagram is also the perfect place to take pictures of completed projects or activity moments and post them on the classroom account.  

Also, teachers can use Instagram to post homework and project reminders, as well as picture-by-picture tutorials. 

YouTube

YouTube can be a great learning resource for children. With videos that teach, and entertain, kids and parents can find homework help, pass the time, and learn a new skill.  

YouTube lets anyone upload videos using a free account. Teachers can create their own YouTube channels to share videos and showcase students' work.

YouTube contains engaging, informative content at all levels allowing teachers the opportunity to take students around the world, listen to experts on a topic, or hear an explanation for a new idea. 

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Hadi Khatib

Hadi Khatib is a business editor with more than 15 years' experience delivering news and copy of relevance to a wide range of audiences. If newsworthy and actionable, you will find this editor interested in hearing about your sector developments and writing about it. [email protected]

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