Year: 2021 | Month: August | Volume 12 | Issue 2

Use of Social Media in Teaching-Learning Process in Internship Programme: Perspective of Secondary Level Pre-service Teachers

Pratyusha Ranjan Sahoo Suraj Prakash Rautaray


Social network is an online community that brings people with common interests, activities, experience. It is a forum for sharing news, photos, videos and events. It provides information about people and their social links. Elison (2007) defined social network sites as public web-based services that allow users to develop a personal profile, identify other users with whom they have a connection, read and react to posting made by other users on the site, and send or receive messages either privately or publicly. With the change in time, there has been a paradigm shift in the field of technology. Technology has become the substantial medium of interaction in the social world today. In the last few years, the web has evolved from a unidirectional information transfer tool to a bidirectional information sharing, interactive and participatory centre. The development of Web 2.0 leads to the emergence and proliferation of social media. Increased broadband availability, improvements of software tools and development of more powerful computers and mobile devices have been the important factors for the rapid growth of social media. In the present time, social media influences how we live, how we work, and now more than ever, how we learn. The present study has explored the use of social media in teaching and learning process during school internship programme. For the present study qualitative research approach was followed to collect data by using a self-constructed interview schedule. In this study, face-to-face mode of interview between the researcher and the sample or participants was employed. Population for the study is two years B.Ed. final year students of RIE, Bhubaneswar, from which 24 students were purposively selected as sample for the study. The participants comprised of 12 students from B.Ed. science and 12 students from B.Ed. arts, from which six were male and six were females in both cases. It was found that, almost all the participant answered about Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google Scholar, We Chat, Line, Skype, Wikipedia, Blogs, LinkedIn, Google plus and Flickr. Participants used YouTube, Wikipedia, Blogs, Google plus, Google Scholar for teaching and learning processes. Social media enhanced the teaching learning process up to a great extent like receiving and sending information, using as an engagement tool, improving collaboration with peers, teachers and improving linkage with outside world as revealed from their views. Social media helps in providing a better learning environment and platform to students to learn more easily in better and smoother way. The paper lists educational implications based upon findings.

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