It’s no secret that students are spending more time online than ever before. With their interests in social media, you may want to incorporate social media in your classroom. However, it can be difficult to find educational ways to build an online community.
Don’t worry; we have some tips on how to educate with social media.
Social Media in the Classroom
- First, check your school’s social media policy. You want to make sure that it is appropriate for you to connect with students online and use this technology in the classroom.
- Post class updates on social media sites. This is a quick, easy way to build an online community for your class. It also keeps your students informed about the calendar and assignments. You can even create your own Twitter hashtag for your class.
- Take a modern twist on old assignments. A pen-pal project can be modified to a Facebook project with pictures and messages shared on each other’s walls. A character study can become a Twitter profile and a series of tweets students make for that character. Instagram is perfect for art projects.
- Encourage students to be social. Creating a class group on Facebook or class boards on Pinterest can help students make connections, share knowledge, and keep learning outside the classroom.
- Focus on digital citizenship. Be the one to introduce to online culture and safe usage. Go over proper online behaviors, the benefits of using social media, and how to be cautious. Create a class blog where you discuss digital citizenship and what it means to your students.
If you want to teach your students about using social media, but are hesitant to bring social media into the classroom, use other resources like Fakebook and Twister: Fake Tweet Generator. These resources allow you to educate your students on proper social media use and give you the ability to use posts in lesson plans without worrying something will go viral. If you choose to incorporate online aspects into your class, your students might find the lessons more relevant and be more engaged!
Here are some additional resources you can use!