Social Media Guidlines

social media used in instructional activities.

Is social Media good to use in Instructional Activities?

Social Media is a great tool to use in instructional activities. Teachers are able to connect with their students on a more personal level. Also, these teachers have better access to things that could improve their teaching abilities and help get out information to students that are not able to make it to class certain days.
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Twitter Page

A Twitter “channel.”

The Twitter micro blogging service, with its 140-character limit, is a good choice for teachers who want to deliver short bursts of information to students or help them practice concise writing.

How to Use Twitter

Examine Your School Culture Before deciding on what Social Media To use.

As a teacher you need to examine your schools culture before deciding on what social media programs to use. There are many families that may look at social media in a bad way due to their beliefs.


LinkedIn had over 100 million members according to the International Review of Research In Open and Distant Learning. Being so popular this site is able to connect with numerous amounts of people. Teachers can use this site as examples of ways that students will be able to connect with future employers and ways to do social networking.
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You Tube

You tube is a great source for instructional activities in the classroom. You are able to look up just about any topic of choice and find information and instructional videos. You tube is also a place that instructors can video or post slides for a class that is online. By doing these things the student is more involved in the topics and learning materials. Below is a video from that explains how to upload videos onto You Tube.
How to Upload a Video to YouTube NEWEST VERSION

Make sure material is "Classroom/Kid" Friendly

If you are wanting to teach using social media programs, make sure that whatever you are using is appropriate for your audience. Make sure that parents are also okay with certain things that you are unsure of.

Pen Pals In the classroom DONTS

1. Don’t become class pen pals with someone who you

cannot verify is a teacher in a school. There are many

predators out there who will happily become pen pals

with your class and even create phony personas to

gain personal information about students. Always be

cautious and use your intuition. If something does not

seem quite right, trust your instincts and decline the

invitation to become pen pals.

2. Don’t give out your students’ full names or other

personal information. Make sure that students do not

give out this information either. If there are children in

class with the same first name, use the first initial of

their last name to distinguish them. Home addresses

should also never be given out. While this project is

a fun way to connect and get students excited about

learning, you need to be vigilant about their safety.

3. Don’t post students’ pictures on your class website. It

may be tempting to post pictures of your students or

their pen pals on your class blog or photo site, but by

putting children’s pictures online, you expose them

to risks that you may not be aware of. If you want to

exchange pictures with the other class, be sure that

the other teacher is in agreement about not posting

student pictures.

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