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The role of social media and Youtube in Philippine education during the pandemic

By Gemma A. Grecia


Social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and YouTube are widely utilized in the Philippines, serving as prominent sources of information and alternatives to traditional television and radio broadcasts. These platforms have increasingly become avenues for accessing interviews, news reports, and documentaries, largely facilitated by content creators. Notably, YouTube has emerged as a significant platform for educational content, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic when in-person learning was restricted.


Amid the pandemic, students found themselves confined to their rooms due to government-imposed face-to-face restrictions, significantly impacting educational programs. To address this challenge, schools and universities swiftly adapted to the evolving circumstances, shifting to online classes to ensure that students could continue their education without risking exposure to COVID-19.


The global restrictions on gatherings made it difficult for students to engage with their peers in person. Traditionally, students often preferred face-to-face interactions to seek assistance with school-related activities, assignments, and coursework, as some students hesitated to ask questions when feeling confused about a particular topic. This approach occasionally hindered the learning process.


However, YouTube emerged as a valuable resource during this time. Many online educators, who also serve as content creators on the platform, offered free lecture videos to help students clarify their doubts and grasp complex subjects. Prominent figures in this field include channels like “The Organic Chemistry Tutor” and “Khan Academy,” specializing not only in mathematics but a wide range of subjects. Consequently, a growing number of students now turn to YouTube when confronted with challenges in comprehending topics discussed during regular class hours.

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