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Why secondary art classes should teach social media in the classroom to prepare students for their future higher education and careers.

Secondary art classes should teach social media in the classroom to prepare students for their future higher education and careers because:

Name of Authors Learning how to properly us social media in high school will help art students be more prepared for higher education classes and to market themselves to find their future careers. Social media can help students find inspiration and other artist’s work that will help them develop their own style. Students will be able to receive critique on their work and give feedback with peers through social media, developing a learning community. The development of an online portfolio can help students keep their work organized and easily accessible in a boundless space.
Castro, Juan   Sophie Lee, a student interviewed by Juan Castro said she like how social media has made it so she can incorporate her own ideas with styles of work that she admires. Social media has made it so that people can gather across time and space to share their ideas. A student named Gaelan Knoll developed a photographic portfolio and put it online. He had very good experiences with it.
Kim, ChanMin Technology is a part of our everyday lives and should be taught to students. Student achievement is dependent on what they are exposed to and in what way they are being taught. They need to be exposed to outside ideas.    
Erixon, Per-Olof Different school subject benefit more from the use of media and ICT in the classroom. More interactive subjects are more efficient with the use of media and ICT There are above and below influences. Above is formal classroom type influences, below are informal outside of classroom. Today students are bringing the below influences into the classroom and making them more formal. Communication between student and teacher is very important and media and ICT can help this process be clearer. The teacher can give better feedback and more often.  
Greenberg, Gary Students need some guidance to develop and electronic portfolio for a job interview.

This is where teaching students in school how to create one for each scenario is good. Employers do not always have time to go through every piece of art every created by a student. Selection is very important.

  People do not have to be together anymore to share work. They can do it over social media using an electronic portfolio.

Electronic portfolios leave a lot of room for critique from people not only in a student’s classroom.

Electronic portfolios can be divided into sections to organize different types of work.


“Organization of work can make it easier for work to be systematically reviewed.”


Presenting organized work will be easier.

Gordon, Serena Children need to know how to use social media appropriately. There are a lot of misuses for social media, like inappropriate pictures, comments, and bullying. This could be avoided.

The misuse of social media can make it difficult for students to find a job.

Social media is a place for kids to connect to the world and with their friends.


Pediatrics say kids log onto their favorite social media page more than 10 times a day.

Social media is proven to encourage kids to connect with each other and express their creativity.


Children need to be more media literate so this sharing is done properly.

Bauer, Carol Students need to be adapted to new changing technology. They need to be prepared for future classes or jobs by being aware of how to use these new technologies.

“Students need to be responsible digital citizens.”

Counter argument: Students misuse social media to mess around and distract themselves from school.

Social media can server as a gateway to further learning.

There are many online pages full of educational information that is good for kids at different ages.



Counter argument: Kids can stumble upon very inappropriate information on the internet.


Students and teachers can use social media to enhance instruction. (Through a learning community)

Online discussions provide a space for more shy students to open up and share their opinion.

Her students chat with students across the world each year using social media.

Counter argument: Kids can be very abusive over social media. Cyber bullying is a huge issue today.

Innovative technology makes the web beneficial for people of all different ages and interests (this can be applied to art students and how electronic portfolios are a technological advancement so the web is beneficial for them too)
Richardson, Karen “Teachers go wild on the web” is an article discussed where teachers lose their jobs from using social media properly.

Students mix social media slang with academic writing. They should be taught that slang is not bad, but should be separated from academic writing.

“ I can pretty much guarantee that unless your future job is hermit, you will, either as an employee or employer, ask these kinds of questions. “

Whatever your passion or area of study, social media can help you connect with others in the field.”


She explains how the web can be used to teach yourself what you are interested in. You can explore anyone or anything that you want to know more about.

Social media is where people go to connect with others. If it was not for twitter, I would never have gotten the great response from Karen Richardson about how social media is beneficial, but should be taught to be used properly to students.  
Cohn, Ellen A well-developed electronic portfolio can be brought to a job interview and can land an artist a job.

More convenient and impressive because it takes less space and can be developed with great quality if the student is taught how to create an e-portfolio properly.

  Electronic portfolios can work in a way to help link individuals to a larger community. e-portfolios are the “got to have it tool”

Electronic portfolios are considered cutting edge technology for higher education classes

It is a lifetime personal web space

Counter argument: Some people find electronic portfolios to be less personal. Some forms of art are meant to take up a space, be felt and interacted with.


Bauer, C. (2012, June 1). Social Media in Your Classroom. . Retrieved July 8, 2014, from

Castro, J. (2012). Learning and Teaching Art Through Social Media. Studies In Art Education, 53(2), 152-169.

Cohn, E., & Hibbitts, B. (2004, November 4). Beyond the Electronic Portfolio: A Lifetime Personal Web Space. . Retrieved July 8,2014, from

Erixon, P. School subject paradigms and teaching practice in lower                    secondary Swedish schools influenced by ICT and media. Computers & Education, 54, 1212-1221.

Gordon, S. (2011, March 8). Social Media Has Good and Bad Effects on Kids. . Retrieved July 11, 2014, from

Greenberg, G. (2004, January 1). The Digital Convergence:Extending the Portfolio Model. Retrieved July 2, 2014, from

Kim, C., Kim, M., & Lee, C. Teacher beliefs and technology integration. Teaching and Teacher Education, 29, 76-85.

Richardson, K. (2014, July 3). Why “Teach” Social Media. Retrieved July 7, 2014, from

I believe I can use a more research for my second and fourth because clauses. The sources I chose that focus mainly on the fourth clause (electronic portfolio benefits) are very good sources, but I think I can use at least one more to make this part of my research stronger. The second clause can use at least two more sources. I want to find a source that is much more in depth for that clause than what I already have. Maybe I will look up something that is more focused on just the purpose of inspiration through social media rather than teaching social media in classrooms. Overall, I believe I have some made some good research and collected some very good sources.

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