Social Media

Social networks are a chance to create communities, connect with students, integrate ideas, apply knowledge, influence student culture, and improve student learning.

Bowen, J. 2012. Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Our of Your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning, Jossey-Bass


Facebook:

Facebook can be used as part of your course in several different ways. Using a private group or page is recommended to keep everyone’s personal Facebook page separate from the class’s Facebook page.

  • Create a community
  • Extend the classroom by the professor and/or students posting resources
  • Discussion Board
  • Student Post Questions for Professor and Other Students to Answer
  • Virtual Office Hours
  • Facebook Events could be used to organize a field trip, a study group,  or an event outside of class

Twitter:

Twitter is a great spot for resources, a quick way to communicate questions and answers, share resources, and stay up to date on current events.

  • Create a hashtag for your course  or topic for students to follow
  • Students can tweet questions to your hashtag
  • Tweet resources to share with students
  • Retweet information or resources
  • Follow other professionals in your field

Pinterest:

Pinterest is another way to collect and share resources with colleagues and students.

  • Create a board for your course
  • Create boards for different topics
  • Share pins with students
  • Scavenger hunts for resources related to topics being covered
  • Create a class board with students pinning to the class board