The role of digital media in education

Social media, mobile apps and games have proven convenient places during the pandemic for teachers to share insights into their classroom practice, while students can quickly show teachers and classmates what they have been working on.

All this will come as little surprise to long-term advocates of popular forms of digital media in education. There is a sound evidence base for the educational benefits of such technology.

For example, a decade’s worth of studies has developed a robust framework (and many examples) of how students and educators can make the most of personal digital media both inside and outside the classroom. These include allowing students to participate in online fan-fiction writing communities, digital journalism, music production and even podcasting. This stresses the significant interplay between digital media, learning driven by students’ interests and passions, and online communities of peers.

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