I believe that social networking is a very useful tool for education, it is very similar to the use of study groups that are implemented to encourage students to collaborate and provide a positive learning experience. When I was working on my undergraduate studies we did not use a lot of different social networking, but I was introduced to interacting in class discussions while the institution began implementing the use of the internet in the classroom. In these discussions we were able to communicate with the students in our class as well as students that were taking the same class just in a different section. This helped us to work together and discuss our thinking about different topics that were brought up for the course. We were able to get different perspectives and experiences from students which contributed to our learning and better understanding the different topics.
Social networking services have been shown to foster social learning while engaging students in a complex array of communicative and creative endeavors including new literacy practices. The study reported the perceptions of students who completed courses that used Facebook as an instructional tool and found that participants considered Facebook a valuable tool that helps to strengthen interpersonal relationships, build learning communities, and engage students. (Buzzetto-More, 2012, p.87)
Buzzetto-More, N. A. (2012). Social networking in undergraduate education. Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management, 7. Retrieved from http://www.ijikm.org/Volume7/IJIKMv7p063-090Buzzetto611.pdf