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José van Dijck & Thomas Poell

In: The SAGE Handbook of Social Media

Chapter 32: Social Media Platforms and Education

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Social Media Platforms and Education
Social media platforms and education
José van DijckThomas Poell
Introduction

What is the impact of social media on education and learning in schools? This very broad question has been addressed by academics from a variety of disciplines. In this chapter, we will first give an overview of the different ways in which this question has been tackled. Most scholars have studied the impact of social media as tools, assessing their immediate impact on learning. While some predict they may potentially revolutionize education, others see them as potential minefields. We want to introduce an approach to social media that does not just regard them as tools, but as platforms, driven by a complex interplay between technical architectures, business models, and mass user activity. ...

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