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A Critical Review of the Literature of Social Media's Affordances in the Classroom

E-Learning and Digital Media Volume 12, Number 5, ISSN 2042-7530


Even though the use of social media in education is a now widely-studied topic, there still does not seem to be a consensus for what social media may afford students or how best to use them in the classroom. In this critical review of current literature, I discuss some of the most prominent qualitative studies that explore the use of social media in the classroom. I consider some of the affordances that these scholars assert social media can offer in the classroom, in particular the affordances of authoring to a wider, interactive audience and potentials for improved learning and literacy practices. I then address contemporary scholars' findings for incorporating social media into the classroom as well as the limitations for social media in education. I conclude with a discussion of potential steps for future research.


Stewart, O.G. (2015). A Critical Review of the Literature of Social Media's Affordances in the Classroom. E-Learning and Digital Media, 12(5), 481-501. Retrieved April 25, 2019 from .

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