Use of Social Networks in Education

Use of Social Networks in Education

As a result of technological innovations there is a development in how we communicate in a telematic way and how our interactions evolve, appearing new channels and forms of communication, as well as a revolution in access to information.

It will be necessary to educate these students in digital skills to be able to face the technologies that nowadays dominate the market and are a value demanded in every professional.

Although younger generations integrate these digital technologies into their daily lives in a natural way, this does not mean that they really know how to use them and apply them as a tool within their training. These generations are called "digital natives" and it has been usual, increasingly less, to implicitly associate a domain of these technologies, a fact that has been shown to have no relationship at all.

The platforms of social networks, until now seen as something associated only with leisure and sometimes with personal initiatives or isolated projects of teachers or teaching teams, are gaining weight in the educational field and even within the more purely scientific field. This is revealed by the VIII Survey of Social Perception of Science of the FECYT, highlighting the Internet as the second source of scientific information for the Spanish population after television, and within the Internet, social networks stand out. The proof is that more and more organizations and institutions are in these media, a fact that reinforces social networks as a didactic element.

It is difficult not to find today a University that does not have at least one profile in a social network, and more and more services, departments or research groups are supported by these technologies, without forgetting the teachers themselves who use these spaces as a source of information and as a space for dissemination.
The concept of social network is not something new and represent the relationships (work, hobbies, kinship, etc.) that exist between human beings, arising in different contexts of the life of an individual. It can be defined as a social structure composed of a set of people who are related to each other, existing different relationship links and degrees of these. Evolved over time both the existing relationships and the people who make up the social network.

When the context is given in a virtual space, such as the Internet, and these relationships are supported by software installed in a server, we talk about platforms, sites or social network services, also known as "virtual social networks". These services are built taking advantage of the advantages offered by Web 2.0, understanding it as an evolution of the Internet as a space in which individuals not only consume information, but also generate it and are active in it.

Every individual who participates in the Internet automatically has a digital identity, a representation of the individual as a result of everything he or she does on the web, which is known as a fingerprint created after passing through the Internet. Any action associated with your person will build this identity, from an innocent comment on a blog to uploaded photographs or any type of publication, including the activity of third parties if they mention that person. Associated to the digital identity we find the online reputation that refers to how third parties see us and is a totally subjective aspect of our identity, and on the other hand the visibility or the known that we are, that sum of actions associated with our digital identity that indicate the degree of an objective way of presence that we have in the network.

This idea is in conjunction with the promoted culture of web 2.0 of collaboration and participation, encouraging group work.

Social networking platforms allow individuals to build public or private profiles that represent their digital identity and connect with other users, whether they are known or not, to interact through publications of any kind, usually text, but also image, video, audio , compilations of links to web pages, etc.

It begins to talk about terms such as "universities 2.0" with a social purpose in which to collaborate through the tools offered by the Web, creating common spaces in which to interact and generate synergies among teachers, researchers, students, professionals and in general the whole society.
Use of Social Networks in Education Use of Social Networks in Education Reviewed by Mughal on May 20, 2019 Rating: 5

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