Social Media+Education A look at how to use Social Media with students & schools

Here are just a few benefits that social media can have on the classroom:

COLLABORATION: Students have more opportunities outside of the classroom to work on group projects, study together, and share ideas. As students become friends, they are more-likely to be connected to the school system and have an overall positive experience in the classroom.

PARTICIPATION: Teachers and professors can use social media to create more student engagement. Students who are shy may never chose to speak up in class. Social media allows them a safe outlet to express their thoughts or share their answers. Teachers can ask questions through different apps or websites where students can respond to the teacher, respond to each other, or both creating deeper levels of understanding.

SHARING INFORMATION: Social media allows for excellent avenues to share information with a group or a classroom. Teachers or professors can use websites to share extra resources, videos, or instructional material for students to view for assignments or alternative methods of learning. It can also be used to share and organize meetings and upcoming due dates.

INNOVATION: Social media allows educators a way to start sharing information and assessing learning in ways that are outside of the old traditional methods of "school". Staying current on how to integrate technology in the classroom will help continue the progression of education into the future.

Safety Tips for using Social Media in the Classroom:

1. AVOID TMI: Make sure you are limiting what you are saying public. Avoid oversharing. Consider the ramifications of your words and how they may affect others. When in doubt, don't post.

2. CUSTOMIZE PRIVACY CONTROLS: Many social media sites automatically set privacy controls down to the minimum. Manually visit any security and privacy options and check that settings are appropriate for your use to protect you and your students.

3. HAVE CONTROL: Make sure that you have control over what is being said, posted, and shared. As the educator, it is important to make sure that you can delete comments if students decide to act up or say something inappropriate. Make sure to teach proper online etiquette before using social media with your students.

4. FOLLOW POLICY: Make sure that you know your school's social media usage policy and that you are following it. Make sure that parents are comfortable and aware of your social media usage. Check that parents have signed any necessary release forms for student's pictures or identities if those are being shared on a class website or blog.

5. LIVE ABOVE REPROACH: Ensure that you there is no way for any person to accuse you of something. Make sure that all interactions are positive and appropriate.

My Favorite Social Media Sites:

PADLET: This site allows you to ask students a question and visually see all of their responses. Students can read each other's ideas, and therefore are able to hear from everyone in a small amount of time.

Twitter: On a class twitter, you can share information and deadlines with your students. I love posting a test question the night before on my class twitter. It gives students incentive to follow me and gets them thinking about what material they need to work on more.

Credits:

Created with images by Jenn Durfey - "First Mass Produced Apple Computer" • stoneysteiner - "Collaboration" • niekverlaan - "volunteer voluntary guide" • Michael 1952 - "SJSA Grade Six - The Year I Rebelled" • o palsson - "Inside the Atomium 3" • pablojuliann - "microphone macro concert" • rpongsaj - "Privacy" • (Jennifer Peyton) - "Control" • FirmBee - "office tax business" • abracapocus_pocuscadabra - "Big Brother is Watching"

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