Let's be honest, we all know that students are spending a lot of their free time on social media so let's look for safe and productions ways to use social media and technology with our students. Social media is a very useful learning tool because of its ability to bring learning experiences closer to the real world. In this post, we are going to give you several ideas for taking advantage of this increase in technology for better learning experiences.
Share Student Voices Through Blogging
Letting your students write, reflect, and share their learning experiences with the world is a wonderful way to use social media for learning. A blog is a great way for students to start to build their portfolio and share their passions. You will be able to learn what it is students are having trouble with and how you can better serve them by reading your students blogs. Blogging is also a wonderful place to start when students are beginning to build their digital footprint. By teaching students how to blog and proper online edict you are pointing them in the right direction for being good digital citizens.
Want to start a class blog or set up blogs for your students? Check out this FREE self-paced course guide that walks you through the process of getting started.
Acquire Real World Data With Skype
Social media is amazing because it grants us access to people of all walks of life from all around the world. One way to take advantage of this opportunity is to give student the opportunity to connect with experts. Perhaps your class is working on a science project or maybe students are curious about what jobs are going to be most relevant in 2025! Whatever it may be there is a high likelihood that you and your students can find the expert online.
Skype in the Classroom is an online community that enables thousands of teachers to inspire the next generation of global citizens through transformative learning over Skype. It's a great place to get started when wanting to connect with experts.
Encourage Collaboration With Pinterest
When most people hear the word Pinterest they think pretty pictures and fun projects that never turn out as cute as the original idea, but we are here to tell you Pinterest is so much more than that! Pinterest offers a large variety of tools that are perfect for creating group projects that are visual. Students can work together to create fun, interactive projects that can include presentations and photos. You could also have students share links that their classmates may find helpful.
Check out this article for 14 ways students can use Pinterest in the classroom! Great for brainstorming ways to bring Pinterest into your teaching.
How do you use social media for learning? Share with us in the comments!