Social Media for Learning

Google Plus Communities

Your Google account does more than provide you with email and docs. It gives you a way to connect and learn with others.

Find your community: Google Plus Communities

Check out these communities:

Google Apps in Education, STEM on Google+, Technology in Education , EdTech Community, and #ntchat Community (new teacher chat)

* Change your Google Alert Settings if you are bothered by group alerts.


Edmodo allows teachers to create groups for classes of students or groups of teachers wishing to engage in professional learning.

Group members may post to the group discussion board and share resources in group folders.



Linkedin allows people to connect with each other and share information through Linkedin groups. To find groups that may interest you, click the Interest tab and select groups.

*The site is currently changing the privacy settings of many groups.


Educator's Guide to getting started with Twitter.

To start, go to Twitter and create an account.

Once there, find people to follow.

Find a Twitter chat: Education Chats or attend a Texas EduChat

Example of Tweets from a Chat

Kathy Schrock's Twitter Page


Instagram is a great tool for art and photography teachers. One benefit is that there are no character limits.

Interesting to follow:

NYPL - New York Public Library



Lonely planet


Discovery Earth

Websites for viewing Instagram posts:




Diigo is more than a bookmarking site.

Use it to create groups, view the links others are saving,

automatically save Twitter favorites.

Send tweets from the Diigolet toolbar. - This is a great way to tweet resources.

List of Tools


Flipboard is a relatively new social tool.

With an account, users may create magazines full of curated items and then share their magazines with others.

  1. Create an account
  2. View Tutorials
  3. Use Tools


If you are looking to collect information from many social media tools, nothing beats Storify. Use it to search for information and present it in ways that make it easy for non social media users to understand.

Storify Examples