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Education and Social Media in Nigeria

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A recent  report was being carried out by Alder consulting on Nigeria with respect to social media called Alder Social Media Report Nigeria 2014 on Jan 31, 2014. The report was carried out on SM activities in Nigeria 2014 , here is a list reviewed  brands in different sectors:

Banking,Consumerproducts,Entertainment,Faith,Government,Insurance,News,Advocacy,NGO,Sports,Telecoms,Politics,Entrepreneurship,Policy,Finance,Arts/culture,Comedy,Food,Health &Faith, Fashion, Customer services.

The shocking discovery in  the report was that Education wasn’t mentioned among the categories , it was also reported that Ministry of Education, all its agencies, Universities,Polytechnics,Colleges of Education, Public and Private Schools have not adopted Social Media as a tool for communication or other purposes. Which only means we are so behind and we need to upgrade. In developed nations most if not all their educational institutions use social media in making learning and interaction between students and faculties more effective and rewarding.

Social media can be a useful and effective tool in the Nigerian Educational sector. It can not only be used to chat and share videos, posts, blogs about personal activities but also used as a medium to discuss school/class work, share sources of  information that could be helpful with school work by both Faculties and students. Nigerians we need to step up, here below are a summary of how social media can be used in education, i gathered from Edudemic.com

How can we use social media in Education?

1. Students can discuss course topics/classwork or other related topics online.

2. Improve communication by allowing students to easily message teachers and other students with questions.

3. Faculties can post notes and remind students of assignment due dates.

4. Post materials like links to articles/videos so students can continue learning when class is over.

5. Use community boards for group projects and brainstorming so multiple users can all save their resources in one place.

6. Faculties can record their lessons and post them on YouTube so students can preview them whenever they are.

7. Create class blogs so students can stay up-to-date on upcoming projects, due to dates.

8. Post daily weekly assignments on blog so students who were absent can know what they missed.

9. Faculties can post discussions topics on the blog by giving students a few days to reflect on the topic and comment.

10. Share ideas and collaborate with teachers and students from other classes and schools.

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