Social media is the collective term for online communication channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content sharing and collaboration. It is also a computer-based technology that facilitates the sharing of ideas and information and the building of virtual networks and communities.
Social media originated as a tool that people used to interact with friends and family but was later adopted by businesses that wanted to take advantage of a popular new communication method to reach out to customers. The power of social media is the ability to connect and share information with anyone on Earth as long as they also use social media.
For most people, social media is used to keep in touch with friends and family, network for career opportunities, find people from all over the globe who share a common interest, share content and more. On the other hand, teachers use social media as an avenue for connecting, collaborating and sharing teaching materials, and best practices among their respective schools and stations. Social media enables the teachers to find ways on how to transform their stressful job into an enjoyable work. As well as keeping abreast with the recent trends and development in the field of teaching-learning process.
One of the most widely used social media site, Facebook, provides a platform for teachers to connect, collaborate, and share. Through this network, teachers all over the country are able to share ideas, get instructional devices, daily lesson logs, daily lesson plans, summative tests, simplified applications in recording grades and assessment tools, and other teaching related materials for free.
Teachers can access these sites by joining the groups which correspond to their respective grade levels. Some of these groups include: TAGA DEPED AKO GRADES 1-12, 21st Century Teachers, Depedlps, Teacher.ph, GuroAko.com, DepEd Tambayan, and a lot more. These groups make the teachers’ job a lot easier than before because most of the teaching related materials can be found and downloaded in just one click.
But teachers must be cautious and deliberate in downloading files in these groups because not all the downloadable files in these sites are not recognized and approved by the Department of Education. But nonetheless, these groups had been useful and helpful to teachers and pupils of this generation. (Ryan Lester C. Macandili, Teacher III, San Pablo Central School, Division of San Pablo City)