The Importance Of Social Media In Education

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The trend of social networking sites presents unique opportunities for education, especially when youths today are tech-savvy. As such, the area of education cannot be left indifferent to such favourable circumstances. Facebook (FB), which is one of the popular social networking, has been a common Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tool in schools (Ellison, Steinfield, & Lampe, 2007). Although there are now many web-based collaborative platforms where students and teachers interact and communicate, FB is still one of the preferred platforms for communicating as it has remained one of the most used social sites in Singapore - with an average of 16 hours consumed by 15-24 years old (Infographics.SG, 2013). In addition, Facebook appears to be fulfilling its mission “to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected” (Facebook, 2011a).

In the interest of fulfilling Singapore 's 21st-Century Teaching Strategies, integrating ICT into lessons can help nurture secondary school students in grasping the key concepts of competencies that are needed to succeed in the 21st-century, technology-driven world ("Using Social Media in Learning | SingTeach | Education Research for Teachers", 2014). This included developing a sense of self-directed learner who questions, reflects, perseveres and takes responsibility for his or her own learning ("21st Century Competencies", 2015).

On top of that, FB has allowed teachers to create a multimodal environment
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