The social media teacher is quickly transforming media into an interactive teaching mechanism. When used correctly, social media is a very powerful and invaluable resource for ongoing learning.
The following is a list of Do’s and Don’t’s teachers should consider when using social media within their classrooms.
1. Spice up your everyday classroom activities.
Students can start to develop their writing skills through blogging instead of using journals. Teach students to work collaboratively through group work online. Open forums are a great way to let them critique, comment, and connect with one another.
2. Get yourself involved.
Create your own blog and update it regularly with class assignments, post discussion topics and have your students leave comments. Share interesting articles you come across, develop discussion topics for others to contribute to using hashtags, and constantly be updated on what’s going on around in the world.
3. Set up a monitoring system.
There are just as many dangers online as there are offline, be careful to monitor the language and conversations that are occurring. There are many free tools that allow teachers to control an online environment while still allowing students to benefit from social media sites. With a little supervision, online dangers can be minimized.
4. Build a strong Personal Learning Network.
The Internet provides access to people around the world, which means that there are millions of other teachers and parents that you can connect and share ideas with. Social media allows you to network and build relationships with like-minded people who can help contribute to your knowledge.
1. Forget about online reputation management.
Be careful to keep your personal and professional life separate. It is extremely important to make sure that the content posted will not lead to you or your students getting in trouble or casting a negative representation of your school establishment.
2. Become stagnant.
If you are engaging in social media, you should stay active and regularly maintain a constant stream of content. When you become inactive on social media, you can be either forgotten or viewed as irrelevant, which ultimately will lead to people not paying attention.
3. Try and do too much.
Know what your limits are before starting. Teaching, grading homework, tests, plus living your own personal life all make for a busy schedule. Add a bunch of social media sites to the mix and it’ll be amazing if you find time to sleep. Don’t take on more than you can handle. Start small and work your way up.
4. Forget traditional teaching.
Don’t focus so much on implementing digital learning into the classroom that you forget the conventional teaching style. Instead, you should use traditional methods of teaching in collaboration with social media. It’s important to embrace these new technological developments while remembering that the old ways shouldn’t be forgotten.
We hope these Do’s and Don’ts will help you implement social media into your classroom.
If you have any more helpful advice, please share them in the comments below.