Meet Them Where They Are:
Social Media and Constructivist Education

Social media can be a valuable tool in education, if used for the right reasons.

One topic that continues to interest me is how we communicate and learn through social media. In the educational realm, we often see how social media and mobile connectivity can be a distraction to students in the classroom or other educational environments. Today's student has constant access to more information than at any other point in history. A device in their pocket that instantly connects them to a massive worldwide database of information. But it also connects them to each other, friends, and a global family. 

As part of my Master's degree, I conducted a qualitative meta-synthesis research study into the effects of social media, specifically in supporting constructivist learning. Through this study, I discovered five key themes that were instrumental in pedagogical success, from 40 independent peer-reviewed studies:
  • Engagement
  • Interactivity
  • Creativity
  • Self-mediation
  • Autonomy
These five themes emerge consistently as predictors of success in using social media in education, specifically in encouraging knowledge acquisition through experiential, constructive practice. 

Here is a link to the full text of the study:

I have written a series of blog posts on the findings of my research. They can be found in my Learning and Technology Blog (click here).

–Ken


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