With Digital Citizenship Week approaching, we thought we would shed some light on the benefits social media can bring to the classroom. While some teachers and administrators may be weary of the use of social in school, we agree it still needs to be mediated.
Best Master’s in Education shared an infographic that not only talks about the benefits of social media in education, but how it can safely be applied in the classroom.
Some of the most interesting statistics we learned are:
- 96% of students with internet access report using social networking technologies.
- 59% of schools say their students use social networking for educational purposes
- 27% of schools have an online community for teachers and administrators.
The best benefits social media can provide in the classroom are:
- Educators will have a professional community of educators.
- Parents will have increased communication between teachers and students.
- Students will stimulate engagement, discussion, and understanding across platforms.
Our favorite ways to use social media in the classroom are:
- Create Facebook Pages for famous historical figures for students to get to know them and their contribution to history by listing their likes, interests, and posting status updates for significant events in which they were involved.
- Pin student’s work and classroom projects on Pinterest
- Host a class discussion on Twitter by creating a classroom account or creating a dedicated class hashtag.
Need more ideas? Check out the infographic below: