In today’s society, social media is commonly used by the majority of the population. A question I have heard several times by multiple teachers is, “Can social media be used as a tool for the teacher and classroom?” It seems that teachers have different opinions about the use of social media. As a teacher myself, I use social media as more of a resource than talking about my life. For example, I share online resources with my students’ parents on Facebook, when the children are not in school. During this time if digital learning, social media has been a large resource for myself, students, and parents.
According to an article, Making the Case for Social Media in Schools, “Social media is becoming an essential tool for professional growth, curriculum planning, and student engagement. Twitter, Instagram, Skype, and other platforms offer endless educational possibilities.” I teach younger students, so my school uses Facebook, Instagram, and SeeSaw as social media resources. Since we started digital learning, the Facebook page is being used the most by giving the students different tasks to complete that go along with our lesson plans.
SeeSaw is my favorite social media websites for my classroom. SeeSaw is a website or app that looks similar to an Instagram feed, but it is only available to the families of the students within my class. I use SeeSaw as a way to make announcements, communicate one-on-one with the families, and present the children with lessons while we are participating in digital learning.
Twitter seems to be a popular social media site for teachers, but it does not seem to be used as a platform to get in touch with your classroom’s families. Personally, I have seen that teachers are using Twitter as a way to collaborate on lesson plans, learn about new resources, and learn a variety of new ways to create a way to get the children more excited and engaged about learning.
Another common form a social media is blogging. Many teachers today blog about their opinions, classroom stories, lesson plans, ways to help their students, and more. A blog can be a helpful resource for any type of help a teacher may need. For example, I have found blogs that are based completely on classroom management. Also, I have found blogs about ways to set up a classroom, creating lesson plans, and ways to try and get your students engaged. Almost any question I can think of can be answered by a quick search for a blog.
In conclusion, I think social media can be helpful within the classrooms. Social media can benefit the teachers, students, families, and your co-workers. I believe the biggest mistake a teacher can make when it comes to social media is what they post online that does not have something to do with education or classroom. A teacher needs to be careful on what they put online.
After everything I wrote, I want to know from others: Do you think social media is a good tool for teachers to use? What kind of social media platforms do you use? What are some of the best education blogs you have found?
Asher, J. (2015, August 7). Making the Case for Social Media in Schools. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/making-case-social-media-in-schools-jim-asher