Social media connects countless educators each day—here’s how to take advantage of it

social-mediaThough some educators are hesitant to embrace it, social media has taken education by storm. All it takes is one look online to see the proof: educators have formed professional learning networks with fellow educators they may or may not know in person, students are connecting with one another constantly, and the list goes on.

Social media can be a valuable classroom tool, but it is one that must be used carefully. It’s probably not a good idea for teachers and students to become friends on Facebook or Instagram, and it isn’t smart to tweet a message that mentions how much you really, really don’t want to deal with students on Monday.

But with that said, social media has a ton of potential for students, teachers, administrators, and parents. When used wisely, it can have great impact.

(Next page: 6 ways social media can be used in school)