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Easy Ways to Use Social Media in the Classroom

Posted by Kate Seat on Dec 3, 2015 7:00:00 AM
Topics: social media, K-12, ed tech

Social media can be a great tool to help students connect with a global community. By incorporating it into your curriculum, you can take your lessons beyond the walls of the classroom as well as teach your students to use it responsibly. Here are a few simple ways to get social:

This excerpt from a post from the Global Digital Citizen Foundation shares some guidelines to get you started.

Tweet as a class

Tweet As A Class

The kids will get a big kick out of this one. Utilize Twitter to “tweet’ out daily updates on what the kids are learning in class. You can assign a different child every day to write out the Tweet of the Day. You could have them work out what they want to say in a group to make it a team-building exercise. This is also a good practical digital citizenship lesson on what is appropriate to say on Twitter.

Class Instagram Account

This is similar to Twitter, but with photos. You can use Instagram to post pictures of science experiments, group projects, or anything else the kids are working on in class. Anything done in art class is perfect to showcase on this forum.  It creates a picture-based record of their year at school that they can look back on for years to come.

YouTube a Show

Students love to perform, and by putting their projects up on a class YouTube channel it can give parents and other relatives a chance to seen them shine. You can do this with podcasts, reports, and other interview-type shows. Even a weekly “newscast” of things that are going on in school can make for an interesting YouTube clip.


Do You Know About Periscope or Vine?

These two social media apps allow videos to be streamed live. Periscope can be done in real time, so it’s best for a longer presentation-type assignment. Plus, you can live tweet out that your class is going to be on Periscope and the kids will get a kick out of how many “likes” they get.

Vine allows you to post short videos that are 6 seconds long, so it’s a creative endeavor to show valuable information in just 6 seconds.

About Kate Seat

Kate Seat is a former copywriter at MBS. When away from work, she’s either creating one-of-a-kind art dolls, reading or watching way too much tv with her husband, daughter and an irritable chinchilla named Klaus.

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