Social Media

What is social media?

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, social media is a form of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos). Some examples of social media are: Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, Pinterest, and the list goes on and on. According to the research, these are the top most used social networking sites:

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Whether it is connecting with family and friends, trying to find ideas for a lesson, or reading up on the latest trends in technology education, we are spending more and more time on social media, including our students. As mentioned in a previous post on digital citizenship, our students need guidance on how to conduct themselves in these realms.

I believe teachers need to keep up with social media in order to stay in touch with their students. There are so many opportunities to learn about and explore what each social media involves, including how to use them in the classroom. The National Educational Association says to start small, and try integrating a platform you or your students already use. They include a list of media sites to use in your classroom in their article, Social Media Made Easy. Teachers with Apps share 10 Great Ways to Share Social Media in the Classroom. Here is a list of popular social media and how to use each one in the classroom. Please comment if we didn’t include your favorite!

Share with us how you incorporate social media in your classroom.


References:

Castle, Maria. (2016, April 8). 10 Great Ways to Share Social Media in Classroom. Retrieved from: http://www.teacherswithapps.com/10-great-ways-to-use-social-media-in-classroom/

Chadband, Emma. Social Media Made Simple. Retrieved from: http://www.nea.org/tools/53459.htm

Kallas, Priit. (2016, November 28). Top 15 Most Poular Social Networking Sites (and 10 apps). Retrieved from http://www.dreamgrow.com/top-15-most-popular-social-networking-sites/

Merriam-Webster. Dictionary. Retrieved from: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/social%20media

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