Despite the bad reputation it has been getting in the media, social media does have educational value.
Fast Company says that social media gives students the opportunity to build a personal brand early in life. They can connect with people who have similar interests, express creativity and even hone writing and photography skills. Admissions offices and hiring managers alike admit to checking out students’ social media presence and favoring those students with many followers and valuable content because it shows an entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills.
In its Technology Integration blog, Edutopia referred teachers to the following social media resources:
- “The Teacher’s Guide to Twitter,” via Edudemic
- “Digging Into Social Media in the Classroom — Nuggets of Wisdom from Twitter’s Most Active Teachers,” via EdSurge
- “50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom,” via TeachHUB
- “Facebook for Educators and Community Leaders Guide,” via Facebook
- “A How-To Guide for Teachers Using Facebook in the Classroom,” via Education Week
- “7 Ways Teachers Use Social Media in the Classroom,” via Mashable
- “10 Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom,” via We Are Teachers