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11 Strategies for Using Social Media Effectively in the Classroom

Social Media in the Classroom
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In this episode of the TechEducator Podcast, we discuss how Social Media can be used as a positive thing in the classroom environment.  

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Google I/O Conference
    • New Google Assistant can make phone calls for you
    • New Gmail Features
    • Is this the end of the world?
  • Social Media in the Classroom
    • Best Practices for Social Media
    • Account Creation

11 Tips for Social Media Success by Sam Patterson

  1. Once a day, share something specific.  
    1. Take a close up picture of one kid’s work, get their hands in there.
  2. Don’t engage the current debate
    1. That new thing everybody is ranting about? Ignore it, it isn’t important.  The debate is more energy than it is worth.
  3. Follow widely unfollow freely
    1. If you are a teacher, follow teachers. If you are running a classroom account, follow classroom accounts. Unfollow at the first sign of trouble. Never feel guilty about unfollowing. Don’t show your students the raw feed unless you have a good reason.
  4. Expect your kids and parents to read your feed
    1. They won’t read all your posts, but they will see every mistake you make. Make the right ones.
  5. Lift up someone else’s work
    1. Share the work of the teachers and classrooms you follow. This is an easy way to stay active and share positive.
  6. Ask questions
    1. If you see a project you like, ask a question. People love to answer questions about what they shared. Everybody learns from good questions.
  7. Chats aren’t required
    1. People can get really excited about Twitter chats, you don’t have to. They can be overwhelming and they are not for everyone.
  8. Turn notifications off
    1. Seriously, evil corporations are reshaping your brain’s chemistry through notifications. I am not kidding, turn that crap off.
  9. Use threads to tie together a group of examples
    1. Post a “Title tweet” that has the name of the assignment and then “thread” the rest of the examples as replies.
  10. Interact with those who feed your practice.
    1. If you find someone’s tweet useful or inspiring, tell them. Don’t just RT it, say “thanks” it matters.
  11. Never forget these platforms were built to monetize outrage and disagreement, don’t make money for them.

We left 3 important points off of this list. . . . . What are they? Let us know in the comments

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