If you ever find yourself in a college classroom, take a look around. You’ll see cellphones and laptops everywhere. According to a survey done by Hack College, 90 percent of students admit to using their phones in class. Their professors noted that while they couldn’t force the students to be off their phones, they would much rather have them put away. Some professors have tried to outright ban all screens in the classroom, while some allow students a few minutes with their devices to “look up answers.”
Instead of trying to outright ban technology in the classroom, why not try to incorporate it? Professors are now encouraging their students to tweet them questions and answers they may have during class. Facebook, while a bit more personal, can be a great way to form study groups and discuss topics from class. I remember being a part of several Facebook groups for classes in high school. Rob James, the author of Engaging Students Through Social Media: Real World Experience, Creativity & Future Employability believes that professors should stop fighting social media and start learning to utilize it. It’s important to teach students how to use technology responsibly and productively.
Social media sites may have a high turnover rate, but it seems like they’re here to stay.