How teachers can use social media in the classroom

Posted on Monday, 4/15/2013 10:04 am

When educators are not teaching, they may post a reply to a tweet they read on Twitter, or watch a funny YouTube clip that everyone is talking about. What they may not realize is that social media is not just something people use when they are off the clock. For instructors, websites like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook can become valuable teaching tools.

Here are a few ways educators can enhance the instruction they provide by incorporating a few of these popular social media websites into their curricula:

The older the student, the more likely he or she is to have a Facebook account. Teachers should use that to their advantage and find ways to engage kids using the technology they find appealing. For example, Edudemic suggests establishing regular Facebook office hours. During this time, teachers can log onto Facebook and allow students to send them questions through the website. This could be an effective approach for teachers who have trouble getting their pupils to come to them for extra help after or before school.

Something Social Media Today suggests tech-savvy teachers try is creating a Facebook page for each of their classes. While this online space will not be a virtual classroom, it can provide students with a hub for important information, such as announcements. Requiring kids to log into Facebook to receive class updates will also help them develop their technological skills, which will be especially important in states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards.

Thanks to social media websites like Twitter, the world seems smaller than ever. Everyone from the authors of children's books to President Barack Obama have a presence on Twitter, which means it is now more convenient than ever for teachers and their students to reach out to and communicate with important figures. It is not uncommon for educators to contact authors, illustrators and other professionals who are willing to visit classrooms and talk to students.

Aside from Twitter's instructional benefits, this particular website can help educators develop their skills. According to the National Education Association, new instructors specifically may be able to benefit from reaching out to and communicating with teachers they respect.

Even if they never post a single tweet, just being part of the Twitter community has the potential to keep educators up to date on the latest trends and developments within the American education sector.

Teachers may be surprised to see just how much video content is available to them on YouTube. While not all of it is useful, they may be able to find short clips that are relevant to what their students are learning in class.

For example, if students are learning about the fall of the Berlin Wall, they are not confined to reading about it in a textbook. Their teachers can type "Berlin Wall" into YouTube's search bar and easily find actual news reports from the day this historic event occurred.

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