Social Media Change Us In The Way We Learn and Teach

With the rapid development of network information, social networking has gradually become an indispensable part of our lives. The diversity of social media enriches our daily life and spiritual world. From last year till now, due to the impact of covid-19, we had to abandon online teaching and learning methods and choose online teaching and work. I studied economics in school. Through this pandemic, I found that social media is gradually replacing traditional teaching and business methods. Social media helps us better integrate the knowledge we have learned with social phenomena or news, and helps us better understand the concepts in books. Through social media, I can also find many bloggers who are very famous or have their own unique styles in the economic field. However, the diversity of social media is also affecting people’s physical and mental health to varying degrees.

First of all, Social media closely connects the theories learned in textbooks with social phenomena or news. When we usually teach or study offline, we rarely notice the influence of social media on our learning. Through this online study, I found that teachers publish instructional videos through social media, which allows many students in different time zones to participate in the video learning, and most of the videos can be played back and adjusted. This is very beneficial for me because English is not my native language. This has greatly improved my learning efficiency. In many classes, there will be a discussion session after the end, and every student is required to participate in the discussion. In this way, the teacher can also get a good understanding of the student’s degree of knowledge. Next, many classes have simple multiple-choice questions for interaction during the classroom process. These all help teachers to better discover students’ doubts and problems in a timely manner. But for teachers, the sudden transition from offline teaching to online teaching caught many teachers by surprise. The way of social media is always a challenge as well as an opportunity for teachers. In Cutri, Mena &  Whiting (2020)’s research “ Cindy told a story of teaching synchronously online when she ran into a technical difficulty. She explained to the class that she didn’t know how to fix it. Then, she said that one of her students spoke up and said, ‘Try this Dr. W.’ and proceeded to solve the technical problem. Cindy demonstrated humility and vulnerability by telling the class that she did not know how to resolve the technical problem. Her humility prompted her student to take up the role of being a partner with her in the class.”(p. 531) This example also illustrates that in this social media teaching method, both students and teachers are growing together. When encountering problems beyond their professional fields, students can also become teachers’ learning partners. Social media is also helping teachers improve themselves and expand new areas of knowledge.

Moreover, social media has a very rich and diverse teaching functions. In social media, for example, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and so on. We will find that when you post a new activity, you can choose a label for this activity. These different labels bring together people with authority, traffic or distinctive styles in this field. For instance, when I want to find economic-related videos or news, I will search economics tag directly in the search bar, and then watch the content I want to find one by one. Or, on Twitter, I can focus on authority figures in the economic field, who sometimes publish their views on news in fact. And these views are sometimes helpful to me. Social media provides a wide range of platforms for everyone, but also gives everyone the opportunity to seize business opportunities. Sánchez, Levin, and Del (2012) stated that “Both businesses and individuals view sites like Facebook and Twitter as valuable marketing and communication tools.”(p.68) On Instagram, I sometimes see information about businesses who have successfully combined their products with social media and used unique promotion methods to make the products known or popular. Being able to combine the economic theories I have learned with commodity social media is also something I hope I can try to do in the future. I hope I can also run my own shop through social media.

Finally, Social media is also changing people’s physical and mental health to varying degrees. To some extent, social media can help people who are not good at talking and expressing in real life express their opinions more easily. But at the same time, the widespread use of social media platforms has also raised some issues that cannot be ignored. The issue of privacy leakage on social media can have a great impact on individuals, and it is also one of the factors leading to cyber bullying. Sánchez, Levin, and Del (2012) found that “accounts of employees discrediting themselves and their employers via postings on social networking and media sites have become ubiquitous.”(p.68) Social media has become a battleground for some people to vent their dissatisfaction.They will use social media to vent or spread slander and abuse that does not exist, and use the sympathy of unsuspecting netizens. Make these netizens become their peers unknowingly. But at the same time in the operation of an enterprise, when we submit a personal resume, our personal social information will naturally be revealed in the resume. Some will accidentally leak their personal social information when logging in to Twitter or Facebook through the company’s network when going to work, so that employers will also threaten the personal freedom and privacy of employees. This makes employees feel stressed and worried. For example, Sánchez, Levin, and Del (2012)said “a flight attendant was fired for posting suggestive pictures of herself in her company uniform.”(p.68-69)or “ A high school teacher was dismissed after posting on her Facebook page that she thought residents of the school district were “arrogant and snobby” and that she was “so not looking forward to another year [at the school].”(p.69) These are all negative examples of using social media. Some people will use social media to gain attention, while others will use social media to arouse greater public opinion. However, these are the inevitable negative parts of the rapid development of social media.

Overall, Social media has brought many good or bad changes to our lives, but we can actively use the benefits of social media to learn and improve our own field. We can use social media to make like-minded friends, and we can also use social media to exchange experiences with people from all over the world. At the same time, we must cultivate correct ethics and values to the world. Diversity maintains an attitude of respect and tolerance. Rejecting the occurrence of cyberbullying incidents also firmly cannot become a colleague of cyberbullying.


Ramona Maile Cutri, Juanjo Mena & Erin Feinauer Whiting (2020) Faculty readiness for online crisis teaching: transitioning to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic, European Journal of Teacher Education, 43:4, 523-541

Sánchez Abril, P., Levin, A. and Del Riego, A. (2012), Social Media Privacy and the Twenty-First-Century Employee. Am Bus Law J, 49: 63-124. 

What makes a really good professional Tiktok?

TikTok will use data analysis to recommend short videos that are most suitable for users and that users may like in terms of age, consumption habits, region, and user activity. This is also the reason why many users can watch TikTok for hours. Many focused short videos are often interesting from the beginning. If you want to attract and retain users after watching the video you posted, you can attract users in the first second. If the user can’t be attracted at the beginning, it is likely that he will pass it directly. At the same time, popular videos will also incorporate recent popular events into their professional videos, so that they are always interesting and attractive to those who watch the short videos.

TheThe picture shows the bloggers who have their own video style. With a distinctive style, it is easy to be followed and liked by many people.

Tik Tok

The original intention of TikTok is to record the good life and share the good life. It is a free social network platform. The presentation of TikTok is through 15s-3m short video content. In your TikTok, you can choose to watch a lot of content that interests you. For example, for people who are losing weight and fat, you can choose the label of healthy exercise. For people who like pets, you can choose tags like cats or dogs. Different labels bring together people who have the same hobbies as you. Through sharing, everyone feels a lot of unknown and interesting new things.

Similarly, we can also learn and communicate through TikTok. According to the topic or field you want to know, enter keywords in the search bar, and a lot of related short videos will pop up. TikTok will also recommend some video content you might like based on user preferences. Using social media like TikTok to conduct academic exchanges and study can also greatly increase students’ interest and motivation in learning.

Cyberbullying Lesson Plan

First of all, I simplified the original course into three lessons, each of which is a progression from the next. Can make students have a better understanding. Secondly, the original student level was 7-8. But I changed it to 7-9. The reason is that I think the younger level of education can be more extensive. In the first class, I changed the original more complicated essay question method to a five-choice question method. 1 point is awarded for correct answers, and no points are awarded for incorrect answers. The lower the score, the more necessary the teaching content of this lesson.

In the second lesson, I will play instructional videos to let students better understand. In the original teaching content, ppt is used to teach students how to distinguish cyber bullying and how to avoid becoming peers. But I think adding a ten-minute instructional video can more intuitively make students feel the physical and mental harm of cyberbullying to others. After the course, I referred to the original teaching model to ask questions and interact with the students, so as to understand the students’ mastery of classroom knowledge. 

In the third class, I will teach through ppt, telling in detail how to establish the correct ethics and tolerate the diversity of the world. After completing the course content, the students will be divided into several groups for discussion. 

The original course plan is bellow:

The detail plan:

edci338 cyberbully lession plan

EDCI 338 Three Powerful Blogs For Learning


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This blog is designed for K-5 students. Online reading and some teaching videos will be shared in this blog. This blog also urges parents to actively participate in helping their children reach their potential.


This blog is designed for students from pre-school, to extensive K12 coverage, going over to higher studies and competitive exams. Helping students learn and communicate better through out online learning.

Peer Review

Link to Group 10 interactive learning resource:
Thank you for sharing the link of the website. I am relatively new to HINF, Science, but I can clearly know what you want students to understand and the steps to achieve interactive education through your outline. I really like the way you add a lot of pictures and tables to your draft. This becomes very easy for people who are unfamiliar with this knowledge to understand.
This website is very detailed and attractive. I really like the activities you designed. ‘Keep talking and nobody explodes’ this interactive game is also very interesting, and it can strongly motivate students to learn new knowledge. In the process of operating the game, students will gradually acquire new knowledge and know how to use it.
The two evaluation criteria of Scenario and Blog post are also very reasonable. Students understand each task through Scenario, and use the blog post to summarize what they have learned in group projects. When students participate in the group, the group discussion and learning process will  help students solve many problems.
 I have some small suggestions for you. If it is aim to help ELL students  better integrate into the course, would you consider to add subtitles and video speed adjustment options in the instructional video to make it easier for ELL students to take notes and understand knowledge points.
In general, I think your assessment of students’ work is super detailed and clear, also there are some good examples of  interactive activities in this class. I believe it is going to be a very interesting class!

Post 4: Learning Interaction

I found a course video on economic topics on YouTube. This instructional video encourages students to follow the video to learn through subtitles, picture examples, and real-person explanations. The video I designed will have a group discussion after the video explanation of each unit. I hope to let students participate in the classroom through group discussion. After learning all the video teaching content, there will be a final exam to force them to study the knowledge points in the video seriously. Firstly, students can record their opinions by taking notes, and then put forward their opinions and questions through group discussion in the form of voice and keyboard input dialogs. Teaching videos will also be equipped with subtitles and video speed adjustment functions to help students with language difficulties, hearing difficulties or other potential obstacles to get a fair education. After the students watched the video and participated in the group discussion, I would suggest that they review the knowledge points learned through video teaching in their free time. Teaching in this way not only allows students to absorb new knowledge points well, but also helps students learn how to communicate effectively and solve problems they encounter. Through online teaching, computer audio and image display to help students learn new knowledge effectively. At the end of each unit of learning content, there will be quiz to help students understand their current mastery of new knowledge. For teachers, this job is easier to manage and implement. The teacher does not need to spend a lot of time listening to the results of each student’s discussion, because the process of establishing a group and discussing with other classmates can effectively help students solve their problems. Then, there will be a fixed time one day a week, the teacher will use the video online method to answer the questions and problems that the students still need to solve.

Post 3: Education Equity

The interactive learning resources I want to develop will have the function of video playback. At the same time, it will be equipped with subtitles and an option to independently adjust the video slow or fast. Students can review and arrange their own studies at a convenient time. This helps students eliminate the barriers to language difficulties. They can use playback to consolidate what they did not understand during the first time of learning. They can also use the subtitles provided on the instructional video to make necessary notes excerpts. Secondly, there is no restriction on time difference, which is fair to students in any time zone. In the discussion after the instructional video, students can enrich their understanding of the course through discussions with other students. Our courses do not limit the age, occupation and nationality of students, so some learning obstacles can be eliminated to a certain extent. In the event of an unexpected event, such as a pandemic and having to be at home, our courses will not be restricted for this reason. First of all, our courses are taught online, and secondly, there will be recording and replay of classroom teaching videos, which greatly reduces students’ learning resistance and facilitates students to have a better learning environment. Secondly, students’ participation in online classroom education has greatly reduced the waste of time. For example, the time to drive to school. The design of our classroom is also conducive to promoting educational equity. In currently designed learning environment, everyone has the right to receive a fair education, and our courses are designed with different needs in mind. We can reduce or eliminate the barriers for students with hearing difficulties. There will be a large number of accurate subtitles in the instructional video to help students with weak hearing better improve their understanding of new knowledge.


Post 2: Learning And Motivation

In the process of learning, I agree that it is very difficult to accept and thoroughly understand the opinions of others. In blog” why is learning hard?”, author said that “When you think about it though, learning is changing your mind about something. That is why learning is difficult.” I totally agree with this sentence. Learning is also the process of opening up our way of thinking. Before learning something. We may subjectively give this thing some prejudice. The process of learning is also a process of eliminating prejudice and allowing us to reach a consensus with new knowledge. In my personal experience, it was a challenge to try online courses across time zones for the first time. Not only I need to overcome the physiological impact of jet lag, but also to adapt to the new form of online courses. Overcoming this difficulty is because I am still interested or curious about the content of the online course. This gives me the motivation to continue to complete the course. After having a learning goal, the motivation for learning will be generated. Moreover, the motivation for learning also depends on whether there are classmates and discussions with you. The group discussion process in the course can increase students’ participation in the course. Everyone participates in the course, which will let students know more clearly about their understanding of new knowledge. 

In the course designed by our group, we decided to position students in the higher ed range. We use video teaching methods to allow students to accurately understand the content of the course. Through group discussions and exams to help students understand the content of the course more comprehensively. The advantage of our teaching method is that students are still relatively flexible in terms of time. The disadvantage is that students need to have a certain degree of self-control to complete the course content 



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