How We Use and Are Used by Social Media in Education

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In this article, Nicholas C. Burbules explores the effects of various social media on the ways people communicate, and the implications of these effects for the use of social media in educational contexts. Facebook, Twitter, and a host of other applications are being used in increasing numbers, especially by young people. It is where they live, share, and learn, so it is to be expected that educators would want to find ways to use these technologies to engage them. At the same time, however, these new media come with a host of issues and dangers as well as possibilities. Creative educators need to be aware of these in weighing the advantages and disadvantages of social media for educational purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-565
Number of pages15
JournalEducational Theory
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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