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We are all Kardashians. How to avoid social media slip ups

Let’s start with a fact: today’s job market is tough so it would be silly to put yourself off the short list. Students should pay great attention to controlling their social media. It’s obvious.

How many stories have we heard about people being fired because someone from HR or a manager saw unwanted pictures or tweets posted by that employee?  You think you control and choose what you want to share, from your LinkedIn to your Facebook to Instagram. Because it is up to you to adapt the privacy settings on each of these, you think you control it all.

But on Facebook, a friend of a friend comments on something you post. Another friend sees it and already, probably what you thought 15 people would see, travels and suddenly 1,000 can see the original picture or comment. And it spreads fast.

No wonder it’s called viral: it goes fast and it is not controllable. Social media slip-ups are frequent. Rules are written and they need to be known but nobody takes the time to read all these: if you’re part of a group on Linkedin for example, someone from the same group can see and learn a lot about you even if this person is not a direct contact of yours. Even Snapchat, with that limited time to see a picture … there’s apps that can preserve that moment forever.

Today, being out there is considered as good and cool. Each of us can be considered as a brand. Couple months ago, while I was working on medotcom, I thought of this: We are all Kardashians“. It is becoming more and more true. We want to share, to be part of the news, to be the news. We post, we share, we comment. But let’s do it in a smart way, in a way which will help us having that extra thing to get the job we want.

Ten, fifteen years ago we wanted to be completely anonymous on the Internet, that is why we all have stupid pseudonyms on Skype for example and it is not even a network. What is the situation today? Well, today it is a necessity to be out there, otherwise we’re not considered as “cool” or “connected” or “in line with our time / hello, we are in 2015!!!”. But there is this balance to find between being cool and having a job while still being cool.

So yes you’re a brand, but an employer would like to have someone he/she can trust and take as less risk as possible for its new recruit. A slip-up, even just one will stay. And between two very good candidates, the decision is made quite quickly if one wrong element is brought up.

Your career is more important than few memorable moments. Whatever your career is, whether you have your own company or you work in a solid accounting firm. Things stay.

You are a brand, you want to be a brand, you’re unique and you want people to know it, you want to share it. That’s OK. But you have to do it in a smart way.  How? By limiting – to zero –  the number of posts of silly pictures, tweets and comments. Imagine yourself in twenty years from now, you’re in competition for a seat at the board of directors and someone comes up with that picture.. ..it becomes public. You’re out, you don’t get the seat.

Or imagine your parents see that unwanted comment. This is the kind of self-censorship you should have. Just because you want to be a brand does not mean you can do everything.  Be a respectful brand. You’re out there. You’re a public person. It’s actually because you want to be a brand that you should watch out. This is part of the essence, the actual definition of a brand. It is public. What is the point having a private brand, no one is aware of, just for you ? to keep it for you ?  So, if you want to be out there, brand yourself in a smart way and usually the smart brand wins in a competitive market. It is about differentiating yourself in your own way.

And that could get you the job. Because if you have a blog or else and you show that you are into artistic black and white pictures for example, and the recruiter appreciates that, then it is a competitive advantage, an added value. These terms are marketing terms, but at the end, this is what you should use if you consider yourself as a brand.

It shows that you spend some time on a hobby – you share it and you show creativity in writing a blog and/or having your different albums on Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr or Picsart. Or, if you have a Youtube channel and you direct video clips of your friends: it shows management skills and creativity. Or let’s say you argue on geeks’ blogs and you give advice and solutions: it shows analytical reasoning,  problem solving skills and teamwork. So yes, there are some interesting points to take out from being on social media.

Also, let’s keep in mind that the people making hiring decisions today are minimum 35 years old. They were not born with social media. Facebook started to be the Facebook we know when these recruiters were 25. They will not understand nor accept such behavior of misbehaving in public space. Because you represent the company, as simple as that. If as an employee you misbehave – even outside working hours – you’re still the one “working for Company ABC” …and the company’s reputation is at stake. And do not misunderstand me, even a “cool company” will have this reasoning. It is the company’s brand image and public image which is out there.  This is the logical thought process. Maybe in 10-15 years from now, this will be another story. Students of today will be the recruiters of tomorrow and they will maybe be more lenient for social media slipups, but that’s a maybe only, I wouldn’t take the bet.

Furthermore, because social media is about being social, it would be good to help each other:  it could start by telling a friend that his/her specific picture/comment should not be out there. Sometimes we do not realize it until someone tells us about it. We are now all part of many communities with all these social networks, it would be great to raise a flag/advise when something is wrong and help that same person in that same community.

It is easy to state that “at some point everything can be known, then what? Who cares? There is so much, it will be lost.”  Well, not sure this is the proper reasoning. Because, a job is important. Having a job, an occupation is part of our life. It makes us meet new people, improve ourselves, reach a goal, develop skills etc. And yes it also pays the rent, it enables us to go out see the new Star Wars movie, buy this new phone, go to this music festival.  So if you are willing to give up on all this by saying, “it’s ok it was just a picture”. It’s not just a pic/tweet/comment.

It makes me think of this commercial for Schneider ElectricI am just the facility manager“. It’s not just a “just”. Of course it is exaggerated in these commercials, but it gives an idea to which extent it could go. So it’s not “just a pic” and not “just a job interview”.

Your online presence should be considered as an opportunity to value the brand you actually are, the same brand you are trying to build online.

So, social media is like any tool, it can be dangerous if you don’t know how to use it. The thing is nobody gives us the instructions, because there are none except our own common sense. So yes, it is down to us, to our common sense. A simple as that. Social media are not “dangerous”, it is the limit/that common sense you set to yourself which is the danger, that bullet in your own foot or that great opportunity.

This article and point of view is solely mine, Igor Windisch – founder & ceo of medotcom – a platform actually enabling us to group/centralize, list and share all our online presence on a single page. That makes it easy to find and be found and forget about all these tricky nicknames here and there. If a person is seen as a brand, medotcom helps communicating a clear and effective message about who we are online, in the simplest way. And actually, medotcom addresses to actual brands too, not only to individuals. That will not correspond to everyone out there in the social media world, but the ones who will understand the power and simplicity of it will sign up and be happy to be part of that social media directory.

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10 Ways to use Instagram in the classroom

Instagram isn’t just a platform for selfies, business promotions, and cute animals. With a little creativity, you can bring the visual power of photos and videos to your classroom, weave them into your students’ learning process, and bring a little fun to their (and your!) days. Do you use Instagram in your classroom? How do you use it? Share your ideas, hits and misses, and insights with the Daily Genius community by leaving a comment below, heading over to our Facebook page and dropping us a line there, or by tweeting us a message on Twitter!

10 ways to use Instagram in the classroom

Send classroom notifications
Many teachers use other forms of social media – like Twitter and Facebook – to share classroom news and other notifications. Don’t overlook Instagram for this. Having a snow day? Post a photo of a blizzard with a reminder along with any notes about what work will be postponed or due on a different day. Test coming up? Post a photo notification and any other pertinent information. Many students will remember the visual reminder!
Showcase students and student work
Feature a student of the week or month, with a short bio and some tidbits about themselves and their work. Throughout the year, showcase various pieces of many different student’s work in as many areas as possible. Either one can serve as a reward for good work, consistent effort, or another measure you choose to attach to it. It will help keep students motivated to keep up their hard work!
Review content from class
Remind your students of some things you’ve talked about in class, to keep the concepts fresh in their minds. Ask them questions or bring another call to action to the photo you post. For example, if you talked about a historical figure in class, ask them who the photo is of, and 1-2 relevant items about that person, have them post a photo of one of that person’s contemporaries, competitors, etc.
Share reading recommendations
Not all students get really excited about extracurricular reading. Get them interested by showing your interest. Share books that you’ve enjoyed (that are appropriate, of course!), books that are relevant to class material you’ve discussed, stories that have been popular with other groups of students, articles of interest, and more.
Track student progress over time
Snap photos of student work throughout the year. This can serve to document the progress they’ve made, and can be useful when putting together student portfolios as well.
Encourage and engage your students
Encouragement and engagement can come in all forms. When you’re excited about teaching and learning, your students will be too. Whether you give a shout out to your class for a group achievement or just try to get them pumped up for something school related, Instagram is a great way to do it.
Have a contest
Instagram contests aren’t just for businesses! Host a contest where your students share photos along a classwork related theme to win – the prize can be as simple as being featured on Instagram! You can host contests that require students to think and provide  information relevant to class, or just-for-fun contests, too. Who in the class/school posts a photo of them in the silliest/best/most outlandish outfit? Have a writing contest where students use the photo you post as a writing prompt. The possibilities are endless!
Document the year
A lot of stuff happens over the course of the year – document it! If your class goes on a field trip, take some photos! When students participate in concerts, sporting events, classroom events, or anything else school-relevant, share photos of these events. Both you and your students will be able to look back over the year and remember the milestone events that took place.
Role Play
Have your students role-play and interact. They can imagine that historical figures used Instagram. What sorts of things would George Washington share on Instagram? Was Shakespeare a chronic meme-sharer? Who shared professional-related items and who shared more personal items? Have them share as though they were a particular person and interact with other students also posing as other historical figures.
Have students share relevant material
Your students’ interests don’t stop when they walk through the classroom door. Share things that are interesting and relevant to both them and to classwork. This could be photos of historical events, literary characters, mathematical concepts, and more. Encourage your students to find things that they’d like to share with the class along these same lines. They’ll be excited to have ‘their’ photo picked and shared, and it will encourage them to think outside the box for each subject.
Instagram in the classroom

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The evolution of classroom technology

Kids these days live in a new world. They are hyperconnected to their gadgets and hold the world at their fingertips with just a tap away. These Generation Z children are also referred to as “Digital Natives” because they have never experienced the pre-digital world. Technology has come a long way, as has classroom technology. It isn’t just the technology that has changed – but the way we use classroom technology comes from a very different approach, too.

Conventional education and parenting wisdom states that we should teach our kids to limit their screen time. There are all sorts of studies that reveal the negative effects on how technology use (and abuse) could cause depression, cardiovascular diseases and even obesity.

But we live in an era where we can’t just ban the use of technology.

Technology has become an integral part of our society. And for these digital natives, they can’t even imagine a world without smartphones or apps. Technology has literally changed all aspects of modern day life with it’s rapidly progressing innovations.

Judging by current trends, technology will only become a bigger part of our children’s education and social life. Just see how the infographic below maps out the evolution of technology implementations from 2005-2025. What do you think the best advances in education technology have been in the past decade? Leave us a note in the comments below, mention @DailyGenius on Twitter, or head over to the Daily Genius Facebook page and drop us a line there!


It’s exciting to see that these innovations will not only expand students’ horizons, but also maximize efficient learning in the classroom. Technology enables personalized learning and caters to the individual student’s pace and level.

Parents now need to teach their children how to practice healthy habits when handling technology. It’s as simple as setting time limits on usage or even just asking your kids what they learned on their tablet or game each day.

As parents of digital natives, you also need to realize that your child’s life will be put on complete display online. Like it or not, you’re going to have to deal with the fact that your kids will be leaving their footprints all over the digital forest. While you won’t be able to completely erase their online presence, you can help them be more aware of the implications by having an honest conversation with them. We need to be more adaptive and flexible with the fact that technology will play a huge part into every child’s upbringing. All we need to do is to help our children navigate through the digital forest in a healthy and productive way.

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The DOs and DON'Ts for teachers on social media

There are millions of teachers on social media right now. They discuss professional, personal, and cultural things on a daily basis. But what are the best ways to make the most of your time on social networks?
There are some great ways to really grow your professional learning network, discover new lesson ideas, and take your teaching to the next level.
However, there are more than a few ways to incorrectly use social media if you’re a teacher (or any professional for that matter). Below are just a few best practices to keep in mind as you embrace the brave new world of social media for teachers.

DO the following:

  • Post updates and comments. If you’re in a public forum, keep it light and positive. If you can’t, keep quiet.
  • Connect with colleagues with whom you feel safe. Don’t connect with colleagues you’re unsure about. Being friends with everyone isn’t part of the job description.
  • Control your privacy settings. And keep up with the changes that Facebook makes to those privacy settings.
  • Take care when posting pictures of others. If you tag a colleague, just think how you’d feel if they did the same to you.
  • Disconnect from negativity. Unfriend or block those who continually blast you with negativity and trolling.
  • Show what you’re proud of. Done something great? Let people know.

DON’T do the following:

  • Don’t follow your students on Facebook. Your intentions are innocent but there’s little to gain and much to lose.
  • Don’t comment on status updates of your students. even if its positive, because you’ll either be criticising of showing favouritism. You can’t win.
  • Think twice before you connect with parents on social media. In a small community it can be fine, but think twice before you do.
  • Don’t drink and tweet or post. Comments made after a bottle has been opened never look so wise or amusing in the morning.
  • Do not post party pictures off social media. if you lost dignity and it was photographed, don’t revisit the crime scene.
  • Please don’t share the beach photos of anything with a state of undress. Those bikini photographs may look fabulous but will just cause comment.
  • Don’t overpost. Don’t offer the world continuous updates on your activities.
  • Do not post during work hours. It just doesn’t look good. Not even if it was scheduled.


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How to grow your professional learning network using social media

The idea of connecting with other educators, school leaders, and parents online is a great one. But figuring out where to start can be a challenge. Currently, about 80% of U.S. teachers are on social media and using it to become better at their profession. In an effort to make sure these teachers are making the most of their time, we wanted to put together a handy visual guide that will help you grow your professional learning network (PLN) using social media.
These tips and ideas are simple and there’s a big reason for that. Instead of giving you 50-100 different ways to use the social networks, we wanted to start small. Teachers have basically no time to learn 100 different ways to use Twitter so why not instead offer our best tips in one simple-to-use visual.
The below visual offers 1-2 different ways to grow your PLN by connecting with other educators as well as digital publishers. In other words, it’s important to enhance your PLN by talking to more than just teachers. For example, you might discover an all-new video style that you really like and would love to use in your classroom. This may not have been found by just chatting on Twitter with fellow teachers. Instead, you can go on YouTube, discover new videos, and then message with the creator of the video. Let them know you’re a teacher and love their video – see where the conversation leads. I’ve done this a few times and it always ends up somewhere tremendous. The video creator loves hearing from a fan and will offer you tips on how to make your own video that is similar. What’s better than that?
There are a boatload of ways to use social media to enhance your learning network, of course. This guide isn’t exhaustive and is instead mean to be a jumping-off point where you identify a social network you’re currently using or not yet on – then take the time to see if it can help grow your learning network in new ways.

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How to grow your professional learning network using social media

Here’s a goal: pick one of the social networks below that you’re not currently on. Create an account and give it a couple weeks. Use it regularly. Make an effort to connect with others and share your thoughts, pictures, etc. You never know what might happen. Worst case scenario? You made a few new connections you might not have normally made. Good luck!
learning network social media
Thumbnail credit: Alan Reeves via Flickr cc

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From hashflags to geotags: the 18 Twitter terms you should know

twitter1If you’re new(ish) to Twitter or haven’t used it much, you may understand the basics, like Tweet and Retweet, but Twitter is more than just sharing 140 characters about what you are currently peeved about or a photo of your lunch (No, really. It can! I swear!)
Yesterday, we looked at a handful of tips to help you get more out of your time spent on Twitter. One item was to familiarize yourself with what Twitter can do, and some of the terminology used in Twitter-land. Today, we’re going to share a little list we’ve put together of some of the most common terms (and symbols) you’ll see as a Twitter user. Even if you’re a seasoned pro – take a look! There may be a few in here that you aren’t familiar with!

Common Terminology You’ll See on Twitter

#– The hashtag. A hashtag can be any word preceded directly (no space) by a # symbol. If you click on it, it will take you to a listing of other tweets with the same hashtag.
@ – The @ symbol is used to indicate a username on Twitter. A username is how you’re indentified – for example, we’re @DailyGenius. Other users can use the @symbol followed directly by a username (again, no space in between) to mention you in a tweet or send you messages.
Bio –  Your bio is a short description of yourself that you put together to let other users know what you’re all about.
Cashtag- A cashtag is a company ticker symbol immediately preceded (no space!) by a $. If you click on a cashtag, you’ll be brought to a listing of other tweets mentioning the same cashtag. Great for following along with certain companies or exploring what folks are saying about the market in an econ class.
DM, or Direct Message – A direct message is sent privately between one user and either another user or group of users. These messages are not public and don’t show up in your feed.
Favorite – By clicking on the little star button on any tweet, you can ‘favorite’ it. This indicates that you like it. You can see all of the tweets you’ve favorited in a list on your profile page.
Feed- Your feed is the list of tweets you see when you go to Twitter.com and are signed into your account. This list is comprised of the tweets of people you’ve followed and anything they have retweeted. This is the real-time stream of tweets.
Follow – When you follow someone, you’ll see their tweets in your feed. When someone follows you, they’ll see your tweets in their feed.
Geotagging – Geotagging means adding a location to your tweet so that your followers can see where you were when you tweeted it. (nb, use carefully!)
Hashflag – By using a series of letters immediately preceded (no space!) by a #, you can generate a flag or other small symbol. Hashflags aren’t always enabled – just for special events (like the world cup). This list is a pretty good one of what letters will yield you what symbol when they’re enabled, and lets you know which are currently enabled and which are not.
Lists- You can create lists of specific users from your Twitter account by topic or interest (such as family, friends, edtech folks, etc) and then see a stream of just those tweets. This can be a particularly great way to separate professional and personal interest tweets if you use your account for both.
Mention – When another user uses the @ symbol followed by another user’s username, that’s a mention. You can also mention someone by using the @ symbol immediately followed by their username in your tweets.
Pinned Tweet – You can choose to “pin” a tweet to the top of your normally time-ordered stream of tweets on your profile page. If you have something important to announce, this is a good way to keep it from getting lost in the flow.
Reply – When another user mentions you, you can reply to that user. A reply is indicated by the @username at the start of the tweet.
Retweet- You can share another user’s tweet with your own followers by clicking on the ‘retweet’ button. Their tweet will then appear in your feed, but with their words, profile photo, and username.
Timeline – A synonym for ‘feed’. This is the real – time list of tweets from the users you follow.
Trend – A trend is a topic or hashtag that Twitter determines is one of the most popular at that time on Twitter.
Unfollow – If you don’t want to see a particular user’s tweets in your feed anymore, you can unfollow them.

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These 8 tips will seriously help you get more out of Twitter

Twitter can be an incredibly powerful tool for teachers, both in and out of the classroom. There’s definitely a reason that it is high on the list of most popular social media sites (second only to the Almighty Facebook).  You can choose to use Twitter with your students to give their classroom work a boost, and you can use it for your own professional development.
But regardless of how you’re putting it to use, we have a few tips to help you get the most out of using Twitter. If you’re a veteran Twitter user, what would you recommend? We’d love to hear what you think! Leave us a note in the comments below, mention @DailyGenius on Twitter, or head over to the Daily Genius Facebook page and drop us a line there!

How To Get More Out of Twitter

Build Your Profile

It may not seem like a very important step, but don’t underestimate this one. You don’t have a lot of characters to tell potential followers about yourself, so use them wisely.  Tell people about yourself, indicate a few interests, and set your tone here. You don’t need to get super personal if you don’t want to, but you do want to make it seem like you’re a real person.

Upload a Photo

This could easily qualify under the previous item, but I find it worthy of its own mention. Whether or not you choose to upload an actual photo of yourself (probably the most useful), you need to put at least something here. In the same vein as mentioned above – you’re trying to give people the idea that you are a real person behind that Twitter handle you’ve chosen. If you’re not using a real photo of yourself, try to keep what you do use appropriate and keeping with the tone and theme of what you’ll be tweeting about the most.

Familiarize Yourself

There’s a handful of Twitter terminology that may be confusing to you if you’re newer on the Twitter scene. Understanding @ and # and the difference between a RT and a mention will be useful as you interact with others.

Use Hashtags

Hashtags are one of the more useful tools Twitter offers to help you personalize your experience and make what you see on Twitter as relevant as possible. In the edtech world, you can search hashtags such as #edtechchat, #edchat, #edtech, and more. Do some searching and figure out what is most relevant to you, and use those relevant hashtags as you tweet related things.


There are a lot of great folks sharing on Twitter, but there are even more lurkers. If you’ve been lurking, step up and interact with people. Something I hear often is “But I don’t have great stuff to share”. I’d argue that you probably do, but you don’t need to start there. If you find something is useful to you – tell the person who shared it! Strike up a conversation, you never know what you’ll get out of it.

Don’t Limit Yourself

A number of people I’ve talked to have told me they don’t like to connect with people on social media that they don’t already know in real life. Part of the beauty of Twitter and other social media platforms is that you can connect with people you might not otherwise be able to if you were just waiting to happen upon them in real life. Don’t limit yourself unnecessarily – you may widely expand your teaching, social, and professional interests by connecting with other like minded people!


Twitter chats can be a useful way to connect with people and get a lot of useful information. There are tons (and tons! and tons!) of different chats, so do a little digging to find the ones most relevant to your interests. Twitter chats that have a lot of participants can get hairy (so many tweets happening so quickly), so feel free to use a tool to help you manage your favorite chats.


For many people, this is the hardest part. Don’t be afraid to share what you have to say (and be open about the commentary you may receive, both good and bad). If you’re nervous about sharing your own thoughts, writing, or materials, start by sharing articles you’ve read that were interesting or useful to you and retweeting other user’s tweets.

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How to start safely using social media in the classroom

It’s a controversial topic: do you introduce social media in the classroom or ignore it? Whether you use traditional social platforms or social-focused tools, many educators find that this technology helps increase engagement and excitement with students, many of who are already very familiar with it.
“Students communicate, research, collaborate, create and publish online with or without the help of parents or educators. These same students then hop on social media to promote, discuss and share their thoughts with the world. The digital environment is offering us some of the greatest learning opportunities that young learners have ever had,” says Gail Leicht, an 8th grade teacher.
Bringing social networking into the classroom gives quiet students a chance to shine; sharing their voice online is often easier than speaking out in class. It also opens the doors for collaboration and communication between peers, both inside and outside of the classroom. Not to mention, it gives teachers another opportunity to connect with students.
Despite the benefits, many educators still shy away from using social networking in the classroom because they are unsure about how to integrate it successfully. In fact, fewer than 20 percent of U.S. teachers use social media in the classroom, according to USNews.com.
Luckily, the process isn’t quite as daunting as it seems. Not to mention, you don’t need to use traditional social networks to take advantage of social networking in the classroom. Follow these simple steps and watch as your students start sharing, commenting and publishing while learning important lesson material.

Learn it First

education-technology-edtech-is-the-future-classroomYou know how to use social media in your personal life, but how do you wield it as a tool in the classroom? Unfortunately, with minimal professional development time, many teachers feel lost when bringing new technology into their lessons.
Take it upon yourself to do research and learn the tool. With the popularity of educational and classroom technology on the rise, it’s easier than ever to find information, lesson plan ideas and tips from other teachers. Check out these edtech blogs to learn more about how social networking can be used in the classroom.

Focus on Safety

online-dating-safety-636Perhaps one of the biggest barriers to using social networking in the classroom is safety: specifically the safety of students and the privacy of the teacher. However, if you set firm ground rules at the beginning, and allow for changes and modifications as you go, you can ensure the effectiveness of the tool without compromising safety and privacy. Here are some ways to combat these issues.
Set boundaries: Don’t blend professional and personal. If you’re using social media websites, create teacher accounts for yourself so students are not connecting with your personal profiles.
Focus on privacy: Remind students about what can and can’t be said online, starting with a basic lesson about what is appropriate for everyone to say in social conversations. Don’t forget to set rules for yourself to ensure you don’t share private student information or broadcast student critiques that could be embarrassing for them.
Get parental permission: If you plan to use social media in your classroom (rather than a classroom tool that has a social aspect to it), send permission slips home explaining how you plan to use the various websites. Use these permission slip templates from PBSworks.com.

Get Started With Social Media In The Classroom

There are two ways to determine what tools or platforms you want to use in the classroom: start with the lesson, choosing tools best suited for the plans you’ve already made, or start with the tool, choosing the one(s) you want to build future lessons around. From there you need to choose your tools and remember to be flexible!
Choose a Lesson
Scan through your upcoming lessons to find one that would benefit from this social aspect. To choose the best lesson, consider the ways you can use social networking educationally. For example, students can:

  • Practice concise writing
  • Learn how to share content
  • Research historical figures
  • Connect with students in another school, state or country

Find Your Tools
Social_networking_servicesThere’s an overwhelming amount of social networking sites and tools available to teachers considering using social media in the classroom. You can use:

  • Traditional social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and Google+, all of which offer opportunities to teach students about how to use social media both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Educational tools that have built-in social networking opportunities. For example, Whooo’s Reading is a free online reading log that allows students to report their reading and then interact with their peers in a feed that displays what everyone has been reading. Students can favorite books and write comments. This is an opportunity to build classroom time around a tool, rather than the other way around.

Be Flexible
science-owl-fe7c7b2846f31cb1a41fd01017662502Using social media or socially-focused tools in the classroom often leads to other important digital citizenship lessons: “My library kids love the social aspect which will lead me to a lesson on how to best respond to posts. ‘Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!’ and ‘Hiiiiii!!!!!!!!’ over and over isn’t exactly the way to respond to a book,” said Kelly F., a Whooo’s Reading teacher.
Allow these learning opportunities to happen and embrace them. These will end up being some of the most important lessons you’ll teach your students.
Social networking is a great educational tool for the classroom, albeit a seemingly daunting task for teachers. If you feel overwhelmed, start small and work your way up. Even the most basic tools can get students excited and more engaged.

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How students are using social media in education

It’s no secret that most students and teachers have smartphones and have used social media in education. In fact, there are apps and web tools that offer social media in an educational context. For example, Edmodo is a highly popular app that basically makes you a mini-Mark Zuckerberg. You get your own digital classroom that looks and feels exactly like Facebook. But instead of trying to get as many friends and likes as possible, your goal is to share and learn in a collaborative digital environment. It’s no surprise Edmodo is very popular and one of the most-used education apps on the market.
But what about the social media tools that aren’t specifically designed for the education market? That would be Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Pinterest, etc. They’re all easy to use and have a lot of people using them. But that may be a particular problem for many classrooms considering there is a privacy concern. Who is going to interact with students? Who will oversee the out-of-classroom online communications? Key questions to ask before venturing out into social networking with students.

See Also: 8 effective ways to use social media in the classroom

Figuring out how all of social media – not just the ones made for education – impacts education is critical right now considering 25% of students’ time on the Internet is now spent on social networking.
This visual from The Tech Cult walks through a few key points of the impact of social media on education. It comes at an important time considering 93% of college students have (and likely use) a Facebook account.
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This powerful video will change how you use social media

There are a lot of ways social media is changing things for the better. We’re all learning about major world events in the blink of an eye, keeping up with long-lost friends like never before, and easily sharing our lives online.
But are you actually losing a little bit of your humanity by using social media? Are you more comfortable opening your computer and closing your door than hosting a dinner party? Would you rather speak to your closest friends via text message or in person?
This video is a powerful work of art that’s a must-watch to anyone who uses social media. Judging by the number of smartphones I see whipped out at every opportunity, that’s a lot of folks. It might actually change how you use social media or perhaps what you think when you reach for your phone in the next few seconds. It’s like an addiction, no?

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Whether you’re in the world of business, politics, education, health, or any other … this video is a straightforward and moving attempt to discuss some of the biggest problems with social networks and our digital lives.
Be sure to share this video with anyone you think might need to take a step back from social media, constant updates, selfies, etc. Thanks.

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