Using social networking sites to enhance home learning or a homeschool curriculum can be a fun and creative way to learn about concepts such as social studies, science, business, money, language arts, and even math. Here is a detailed guide explaining how social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter can be used as a learning tool for homeschoolers.
Social media such as Facebook or Twitter is a great way to build connections with other homeschoolers from parents to children. You can swap ideas, find other homeschooled children in your area, and connect with parents who have the similar situations as yourself.
Whether you keep in touch with the occasional blog post or email, you can be as involved on social media websites as you want to be when it comes to making connections. There will always be someone that can help you with your homeschool situation if you just know where to look.
Facebook and Twitter are not only great sources for blogs but also can point to great blog websites that can give students an invaluable first-person resource of world events or happenings. All kinds of subjects can be enhanced by the blogs of scientists, educators, CEOs, and athletes.
Social media is a great way to learn simple concepts. Social media connects people all over the world. If you have a social studies assignment dealing with the fifty states then you can put out a call on Facebook or Twitter to have contact in all fifty states. You can even make tighter criteria that it must be a school’s website in the state capital of each state that would befriend you and that they have to tell you one detail about their school.
Math can also be a learning tool on places such as Facebook. Say a restaurant wants to save money on advertising. They use Facebook or Twitter to try to get more customers. One practical lesson here is that you can have your child figure out how much money the business would have made in profits by not paying for an ad and having larger volumes of customers in due to their Facebook page offer. Does more volume mean you get to lower prices and make more money in the long term? Business math is a great practicum for regular math when it comes to dollars and sense.
Science can also be enhanced by social media. Great sites such as National Geographic‘s Facebook page or such places as Antarctica have resources and links to information that you may not find anywhere else. News updates and scientists themselves have Facebook pages that can have great insight to the scientific method.
Using the Internet as a learning tool is a great way to enhance homeschool learning. Updates on lessons can happen instantly with a news feed from Facebook or Twitter to which you can subscribe about any news item you want whether it’s religion, science, or social studies.
The Internet is a vast place. Having Facebook or Twitter friends can help you to provide specific choices for what your homeschooler has access to regarding appropriate lessons.
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