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The impact of social media on educators

With the instant connectivity it offers, social media is a force to be reckoned with, writes Nicola Riding, who discusses how social media can impact teaching and training initiatives.

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Social media and mobile technology have taken the concept of connectivity to another level in the modern age. For the majority of us, technology is essential in everyday life. Most of the people you know own a mobile phone, and are present on at least one social media platform. And, nearly everyone you know reaches for their mobile phone to check their social media accounts at regular intervals throughout the day.

As early as the 1970s, and well before social media was introduced, several internet applications were in use by educators and students. These were used to correspond, make journal entries about various areas of study, and create online profiles. The internet has always been social, but access was limited to a privileged few.

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