Social media can help educators improve learning

Pinterest, a virtual “pin board” where pinners created different boards and then save images that link to websites to those boards, has many educational uses. This social media resource lets teachers organize resources according to subject area, different units, professional development resources, ideas for children with special needs, and more. It also is an easy way for teachers to organize future lesson plans without losing those ideas.

Curriculum directors and teachers can opt to “follow” Pinterest members or certain boards that other members post to, and this way they will see updated resources and ideas in their Pinterest feeds.

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With the advent of flipped learning, social media tools that use video offer much potential for teachers and curriculum directors. If students have an internet connection at home, through public wifi, or on a mobile device, they can watch videos their teachers post. Teachers can record lessons and post to YouTube so that students can stay current if they miss class or if they wish to review concepts. Going a step further, teachers could post bonus questions or short challenges in the videos they post, and could award extra credit to students who answer those questions or challenges correctly.

Educators can monitor fellow educators’ social media feeds for ideas on new instructional methods, trends, and support. Many parents use social media, and teachers can let parents know of classroom social media accounts to open up parent-teacher communication. Parents might even find that a particular lesson is relevant or interesting, and could choose to share their knowledge or contribute to the conversation.

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Laura Ascione

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