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8 effective ways to use social media in the classroom

Social media is something many teachers do not integrate in their classrooms. There. It had to be said. The truth is that most teachers are just too darn busy to actually weave the many education technology tools, social media sites, and mobile apps into everyday classroom life.

That being said, some teachers are doing some pretty incredible things with social media in the classroom. They’re creating, sharing, and learning without limits. For example, teachers are having classroom-to-classroom Skype chats using Skype In The Classroom. They’re taking the idea of ‘pen pals’ to a whole new level using technology that’s free and easy to use. What’s more exciting and engaging than that?

Getting Started With Social Media In The Classroom

Below is a fun graphic designed to help you get started with using social media in your classroom. The ideas are based on real-world examples we have come across as well as ideas that we’ve seen work. Hopefully this gives you that little extra ounce of encouragement to give social a try in your school.

  1. Teachers are sharing in-classroom tweets with parents.
  2. YouTube enables anyone to flip their classroom.
  3. Students share their life experiences with the class using Instagram
  4. Students react to homework and lessons by blogging
  5. Students manage their project-based learning using Pinterest
  6. Classrooms connect over Skype using projectors
  7. A classroom full of students can create the ultimate guide to just about anything using wikis.
  8. Use DonorsChoose and the other crowdfunding tools to help others in education.

Share Your Wisdom

What kind of social media tools and resources do you use in your classroom? Share them with us (we’ll retweet ya!) by mentioning @DailyGenius on Twitter anytime.


Written by Jeff Dunn

Jeff is an education and technology lover who has worked in far too many industries to count. Okay, like maybe 5 or 6. Jeff can indeed count that high but it’s not recommended. Jeff also likes to write bios in the third-person.

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