Social Media in Schools

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

Digital Learning

As of today, my county has been on quarantine for five days which means we have not had school this week. As a teacher, I have been exploring new resources to continue to educate my students from home.

Personally, I have begun using the Zoom website. The website offers the opportunity for the children to see each other and me. Currently, I am doing simple things such as, reading stories, creating projects using items I know they have at home, and reviewing skills we have learned throughout the year. Zoom is a website that can be used on their computers, tablets, or phones. When using Zoom, I think one of the biggest benefits is that the students can talk to each other. My students are young, so they need the social interaction with their peers. I spend the first fifteen minutes of our call for the students to talk to everyone and explain what they have been doing since we have been out of school. The students seem to enjoy being in contact with one another since they no longer see them every day at school.

Also. I use a website called SeeSaw. The website also has a user friendly app for tablets or phones. SeeSaw is set up like an Instagram feed, the parents are able to scroll through everything the teacher has posted to the students. Each parent is given a login, and they are able to access their child’s feed. As the teacher, I can post different items to different children’s accounts, or I can post something that is sent to all of the children.

Depending on the day, I use a website called Vooks. Vooks.com is an interactive reading site. The children can choose a book, and it reads it to them. A benefit of Vooks is that as the story is being read, the words are highlighted on the screen for the children to follow along. I teach five year olds, so we are working on learning to read. Vooks has been a helpful tool for my students as they continue working on their reading skills. The only downside to Vooks is that the full website does cost money.

Since the break from school, I have noticed many of my coworkers are using Facebook Live for keeping in touch with their students and parents. I had one teacher friend that created her own page for her classroom on Facebook and periodically posts to it with ideas of things to do throughout the day, or new live streams. I have not used the Facebook Live option yet, but after talking to my coworkers it seems to be beneficial for their class.

The new resources I have found have been a huge help. A big bonus for Zoom and SeeSaw is that they are both free. Zoom is a new resource for me that I will continue using even when we are back at school. I believe it could be a great resource for tutoring sessions for some of the older students. As we continue learning about new resources I am curious to hear from others. What resources are you using for online learning? Do they cost, and if they do how much? Have you used any of the resources I mentioned? How have you been teaching since we are not in the classroom?

Ted Talk Video

As an educator, I use Ted Talks a lot within my classroom. I suggest Ted Talks for older students, I have not found any talks I like for my younger students to watch yet. Also, I often use youtube.com in my classroom. Overall, I think videos are a good resource when learning something new. Since I have never blogged before, I watched the Ted Talk I posted below. Hope you enjoy it!

Live Binders

Live Binders is officially one of the most convenient and helpful tools to me. I have always been a person to have a paper and pen planner, but that has changed. I have seen my coworkers with other types of planners on their electronic devices, but the programs can be pretty expensive in my opinion. Also, I was able to use Live Binders on my tablet, which is a big help because it is easier than carrying my computer with me everywhere I go.

http://www.livebinders.com/

Creative Commons

Hi All,

I have recently learned how valuable the website Creative Commons can be for lessons, presentations, blog posts, and more. Creative Commons is considered a “shared culture.” The website provides images that anyone can use without having to worry about copyright infringement. The images on the Creative Commons website were licensed by their original creators to be used on the website. The website offers a large variety of images. Also, the website makes it simple to choose your images because it has filters. When you choose an image, each one comes with a code to easily insert it into your project.

For example:

Classroom Postershttp://“Classroom Posters” by Corey Helling is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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classroom 2nd fl“classroom 2nd fl” by cayoup is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0