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5 Great Tips to Use Social Media for Learning

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5 Great Tips to Use Social Media for Learning

It’s no secret that students spend most of their free time on social media. When used carefully, social media for learning can be a useful teaching tool, rather than a distraction. You constantly try to bring your teaching closer to the “real world” and make it more fun, so why not use social media as a learning tool and integrate it into your lessons?

Here are 5 Tips to Use Social Media for Learning In Your Classroom  

1. Create a Facebook classroom group: Use a Facebook classroom group to post assignments, make announcements, and remind students about important deadlines. Parents can also access the site to monitor what is going on in your class. Students can use this space to ask and answer questions about homework or just to engage with each other outside of school.

2. Watch and Post Videos to YouTube: Record class lessons and save them for future viewing. YouTube is also a great way to highlight student created videos. There is an abundance of educational videos that you can share to supplement your lessons, as well.

3. Share Students’ Work on Instagram: Instagram is a great way to showcase students’ artwork or any other project you can photograph.  This is also an ideal way to share photos from classroom activities or field trips.

4. Consider a Blog for Writing Assignments: Instead of traditional writing assignments, have students write blogs. Not only will it help improve the students writing, it allows students to share their writing on a larger scale. Each student can have a personal blog where they can share book reviews, research papers, and other assignments.

5. Use Twitter for Communication and Conversation: Twitter offers a quick way to post class announcements and reminders both to students and parents. Encourage students to interact with others through Twitter by posting their favorite quotes or facts from a particular lesson. They can also interact with experts by tweeting questions or comments about topics you may be covering in class.

Of course, it’s important to protect students’ privacy. We recommend creating classroom accounts that you set to private and carefully vet any potential followers. Review your school’s social media policy and if necessary, have parents sign consent forms for posting their child’s work online. Make sure that students are well versed in etiquette and other proper use of technology.

Students are already using social media away from the classroom; why not integrate it into the classroom?  Not only does using social media help students learn the best practices for social media,but also offers a fun new twist on learning.

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