Social Media in Education: Resource Roundup
This collection of blogs, articles, and videos from Edutopia aims to help teachers deploy social media tools in the classroom to engage students in 21st-century learning. (Updated 3/2014)
Resources by Topic:
- Creating Social Media Guidelines
- Student Engagement with Social Media
- Social Media for Professional Development
- Digital Citizenship and Online Safety
- Additional Resources on the Web
Creating Social Media Guidelines
- How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School, by Steven Anderson (2012)
Seven steps for bringing social media into the classroom are highlighted in this collaboration between Edutopia and Facebook; a downloadable PDF version of this classroom guide is available. Also check out Anderson's social media guidelines blog.
- SocialEdCon: What the Heck Do We Do with Social Media? by Betty Ray (2012)
Ray covered the social media discussions at SocialEdCon and found that positive changes in student behavior happen when schools and parents embrace, rather than ban, social media.
- The Digital Lives of Teens: What Time Is It? Now! by Matt Levinson (2013)
In the latest installment of his Digital Lives of Teens series, principal and blogger Levinson considers the problem of translating the teenage urgency of 'always on' into the mindfulness of 'being present.' Also, check out two other blog posts in this series, “Code Switching,” about helping teens to find a balance between digital communications and appropriate classroom interactions, and “The Key Word is Trust,” about how building a culture of trust can help to prevent cyberbullying.
- Classroom Guide: Top Ten Tips for Teaching With New Media, by Suzie Boss (2011)
This classroom guide focuses on trends in educational technology, particularly social media and mobile learning tools, and provides ways teachers can embrace and utilize them in the classroom.
- Discussion: Using Social Media Tools in the Classroom
Visit Edutopia’s community discussion for ideas and advice about how to use social media tools in the classroom and teach appropriate social media use.
Student Engagement with Social Media
- Big Thinkers: Mimi Ito on Learning in Social Media Spaces (2013)
Ito, an expert in young people's use of digital media, shares her research on informal learning in online communities, where students can build technology skills, learn media literacy, and create and share their work.
- Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom, by Michelle Lampinen (2013)
English teacher Lampinen shows how weekly blogging assignments can transform a high school classroom into a community of enthusiastic writers.
- How Educators and Schools Can Make the Most of Google Hangouts, by Mary Beth Hertz (2013)
Edutopia blogger Hertz gives us the basic on how educators and schools can make the most of Google Hangouts. You may also want to read blogger Andrew Marcinek’s post, “Google Hangouts as EdTech: Connecting, Sharing, and Learning.”
- Digital Tools to Connect Local Schools, by Amanda Paquette (2013)
Technology integration specialist Paquette offers a selection of web and social media tools to help students share and collaborate with other classrooms in their building or district.
- Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students, by Beth Holland (2013)
Holland, communication coordinator and instructor at EdTech Teacher, gives three age-appropriate examples of introducing social media to children in the lower elementary grades.
- How to Co-opt Students’ Favorite Social Media Tools, by Todd Finley (2011)
Edutopia blogger Finley defines social media as the new frontier, and he notes that adolescents are the early frontierspersons. Included in this blog are ten tips for adding social media tools into the classroom.
Social Media for Professional Development
- Social Media Savvy? Four Tips to Help You Get Started, by Lisa Dabbs (2013)
Edutopia blogger Dabbs provides another helpful, encouraging guide to developing your social media savvy.
- How Do I Get a PLN?, by Tom Whitby (2013)
Guest blogger Whitby, a 40-year veteran of the teaching profession and an extremely connected educator, offers some basic, practical wisdom about what a PLN is and how to get one—including tips for interacting and collaborating on social media. Also, check out George Couros’s post, "21st-Century PLNs for School Leaders," for additional tips geared toward school leaders.
- Using Google Hangouts for Teacher Development, by Andrew Marcinek (2013)
Edutopia blogger Marcinek makes a case for Google Hangouts as an emerging medium for connecting, sharing and learning.
- Helping New Teachers Beat the Back-to-School Jitters with Twitter, by Lisa Dabbs (2012)
Edutopia blogger and education consultant Dabbs highlights some of the most helpful tweets from New Teacher Chat, an online discussion on Twitter between educators at different career levels. For more on how to use Twitter for networking and sharing resources, you might also want to watch VideoAmy’s playlist, “Five-Minute Film Festival: Twitter in Education.”
- Pinterest for Educators? by Eric Sheniger (2012)
Principal Sheninger reviews the new social media bulletin board to discover some exciting educational opportunities. Also check out VideoAmy's "Five-Minute Film Festival: Pinterest for Teaching and Learning" for a playlist of videos about educational uses for Pinterest.
- 12 Reasons to Get Your School District Tweeting This Summer, by Joe Mazza (2012)
Blogger and elementary principal Mazza suggests (at least) 12 reasons why it's essential for school districts to open a Twitter account and start tweeting.
Digital Citizenship and Online Safety
- Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup (Updated 2013)
Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and other resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy.
- Student Fights Bullying with Positivity, by Kevin Curwick (Updated 2013)
Student Curwick describes how he decided to fight high school cyberbullying with a positive-themed Twitter account and ended up launching a global niceness trend.
- Discussion: How Do We Teach Digital Citizenship?
Visit Edutopia’s community discussion about teaching students internet safety, digital and media literacy, and social media etiquette.
- Edutopia’s Digital Citizenship Board on Pinterest
We've teamed up with Common Sense Media to compile some of the best resources for parents, teachers and administrators to guide students to become positive digital citizens and leaders.