‘Social media’ is the umbrella term for web-based software and services that allow users to come together online and exchange, discuss, communicate and participate in any form of social interaction.
Social Networking tools support learning by:
- providing cost effective (usually free) access to communication and information tools
- helping you build a community for students to share ideas, collaborate and discuss areas of interest
- giving students access to informational and relevant content to ‘stay in the know’
- improving Literacy, Communication, and Reading Skills
- supporting distance learning, whilst still feeling part of the community
So what are the most popular Social networking tools? Who uses them most and how long do users spend online?
Now that we know what social media is and the scale of the opportunity, how can social media be incorporated into education? This TEDx talk from Harry Dyer discusses “how the study of Social Media can help us better understand youth” and “how we can (and must) incorporate and account for social media in the classroom”.
So, what are some of the ways you could these tools in your learning delivery? Here are 12 ways to use social media in education from Sprout Social.
- Use a Facebook Page to broadcast updates and alerts.
- Use a Facebook Group to stream live lectures and host discussions.
- Use Twitter as a class message board.
- Use Instagram for photo essays.
- Create a class blog for discussions.
- Assign blog posts as essays.
- Create a class-specific Pinterest board.
- Include social media links on your school website.
- Share school events and photos.
- Create interest-based Facebook Groups.
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