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 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 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 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