Yes, social media has grown leaps and bounds beyond anyone's expectation.
Lifestyle revolves around the mobile. Education content gets to mobile devices by the help of mobile apps. Some schools have app development and programming as part of their curriculum. Every new device in the market comes with an easy-to-use tag and is prevalent in most parts of the world.
Reports claim that there would be an increased need for digital and information literacy, online communication skills and logical thinking, than mere literacy (basic education) and numeracy.
It is very true that the power of social media is changing the behaviour of people drastically. It can be traced in the way people present ideas, communication, creativity, information and opinion on things. Learning the ways of mobile is trending.
Talking about digital citizenship, 'learning' takes the center stage. Technology supports 'anywhere and anytime' learning programmes and modules. The data and information can be easily accessible and personal. The islands of informal and formal learning methods would be bridged through digital citizenship.
What is the response from the education angle?
- inclusive subjects on social media.
- higher connectivity between people
- increased group support; student-to-student approach
- sharing available collection of knowledge between the educator and learner
How are the students benefited?
- self study and increased learning opportunities
- excess availability of online resources
- access to mass data and information, leading to more knowledge and benefits
How are the instructors benefited?
- they can teach students to personalise education
- instructional modules designed according to the learner's need
- better aid in preparing young people to navigate the online space effectively.
- utilise access to more information and production of knowledge
Young people are beginning to see a world beyond the norms of educational institution. And the pattern is growing at a great speed. Technology has the ball in its court, and it evaluates the whole drama of people who communicate, create, socialise, do business, or even play. The school walls may soon get rustic enough to hold education within the slated board of books, tables and dusters.
Institutional learning, points out to a world adapted with mobile learning for the progression of futuristic lifestyle. Substantially, learning that is time-driven or location-driven is not going to be an option for learners anymore. One may call it the trending needs of people.