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Double-Edged Sword: Social Media Use in the Classroom

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Educational Media International Volume 53, Number 1, ISSN 0952-3987


The purpose of this research is to identify the students' perceptions of social media use in a classroom setting. Knowing students' perceptions of social media can help the instructor build a course that both student and teacher can find effective. Using focus groups this study found a model to determine if social media is an appropriate or inappropriate tool to incorporate into the classroom. The findings showed that social media can be a double-edged sword. Students are willing to accept social media use for class purposes under circumstances they perceive as appropriate. Students deem social media use as appropriate if it can be used without providing personal information, is the most effective tool available, can be engaged in voluntarily, is used for the purpose of announcements, and is perceived by the students as a convenience.


Chromey, K.J., Duchsherer, A., Pruett, J. & Vareberg, K. (2016). Double-Edged Sword: Social Media Use in the Classroom. Educational Media International, 53(1), 1-12. Retrieved October 4, 2022 from .

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