Before using social media, it is important to understand its impact on education. However, we believe that it will be a positive influence on technology-savvy students.
Classroom social media
Let’s first discuss the many ways social media can be used in the classroom. Students of all ages can use many social media tools to learn, whether they are in elementary school or college.
1. To broadcast alerts and updates on Facebook create a page.
Facebook is a great social media platform that can be integrated into the classroom. Instead of making students and instructors go through a learning curve with traditional online classroom dashboards, stick with what everyone already knows.
Students can follow the class’s Facebook page. The instructor can post updates, homework assignments, and encourage discussion.
These pages can still be accessed even if the student isn’t active on Facebook. Facebook Pages are public, and anyone can comment on them.
2. You can stream lectures live and hold discussions in a Facebook Group.
Instructors can create Facebook Groups to support their classes, public or private. They can stream Facebook Live lectures and post discussion questions, assign homework, and make announcements. Students will be engaged even during breaks and snow days by creating reminders and assignments to keep them on track.
It is important to establish a professional boundary when using social media to educate. Teachers do not have to request friends to set up a Facebook Group. For access, email both students and parents a link to the Facebook Group.
3. Twitter can be used as a message board for classes.
Twitter is a great tool for creating a discussion forum or message board in a class. Teachers have the option to create one Twitter handle for each class and use it throughout the year. Or they can create a different handle each year. Students will benefit from the 280-character limit, which forces them to think critically about how they communicate concisely and effectively.
Twitter can be used by teachers to remind them of due dates for assignments, share inspiring quotes, and link to resources or practice quizzes.
Teachers can also start discussions or Twitter chats around a particular hashtag they have created.
4. Use Instagram for photo essays.
Students can use Instagram to display a collection of photos or graphics that appeal visually to a class that is visual-oriented. Students can use Instagram to practice digital storytelling in a way that is not possible on other social media platforms.
Students may create class-specific Instagram accounts, which they can delete after the course ends if they wish.
5. For class discussions create a blog.
Students can create blog posts that are digitally rich and link to their class social media channels. Teachers can create blogs on many platforms, including Squarespace, Wix, and Blogger. Students can create user accounts to post comments or make discussion posts.
A blog can also be used to share the course syllabus, any updates, or resources.