This is a wonderful breakdown of the Web and its impact on student achievement, and one of which I am particularly interested in…Social Media. One major thing that I have continuously heard as an educator is that US students are behind students in other countries, so I ask, “How can the US boost college students’ grades?” That is simple:
The Internet of course. Recent studies prove it - increased engagement between educators and students via email and social media has a positive effect.
Let’s take a look at some interesting facts, Princeton and Yale were two of the first universities to register for Twitter (both registering on May 1st, 2007). However, Syracuse University is the most active Twitter user with over 10,000 Tweets. And, of course, the University of Harvard has the most Facebook Likes and the most Twitter Followers - this may have a lot to do with the fact that Facebook was first embraced by the Ivy Leaguer.
While many may say that technology is a distraction, and believe me, I have worked in a school system that did not embrace educational technology - it is hard to argue against the universities from the infographic. Once again, technology does have its place in education - while some may embrace and utilize it more than others, it does not mean that students are not gaining a meaningful education. In fact, with social media, students are able to build better relationships with professors and classmates.