Social Media

Kiev, Ukraine – October 17, 2012 – A logotype collection of well-known social media brand’s printed on paper. Include Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Vimeo, Flickr, Myspace, Tumblr, Livejournal, Foursquare and more other logos.

Social media has become a huge part of everyday life, most people have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, Wikipedia, youtube and many other similar apps and social media accounts, but in school, these are usually banned. We know that social media can sometimes be unsafe, and learning how to use social media and how to be safe on social media and the Internet is very important. I use many of these different types of social media, leaning more towards the Pinterest and Wikipedia style social media that have tons of information and ideas to look at. I lean away from other types of networking social media, I truly dislike Facebook, but I concede that there are some uses for these types of networks. In my classroom, I use youtube frequently, not just for videos, but also for read-aloud stories and other ideas for the classroom. I use Pinterest to find ideas for my classroom, as well as for my personal life.

Using social media in my personal life is more for entertainment; I enjoy using Pinterest to create shared groups with friends to share ideas. But I can see the role of social media being important in education. After watching the two videos and reading the article, I thought that utilizing the rise of social media in education is a perfect opportunity to teach children internet safety, and well as bolstering them to share their ideas. I loved the idea of Edublog and other kid-friendly blogging websites, that allow children the experience of using social media and sharing their idea while still having a safe environment. I can see myself using some of these ideas in my future classroom. And even a lot of the education tech tools discussed are great tools to add to my repertoire.

Here is an article that discusses social media in the classroom, and has some ideas for using social media in the classroom:

3 thoughts on “Social Media

  1. Hi Joelle, I also did some research on pinterest and found it to contain many benefits for educational use. Anything from lesson plans to decorating your classroom to create a comfortable learning environment was available.


  2. This is going to sound a little paranoid, and I agree with you that using social media for personal outlets and ideas is a great use of the apps, but I often wonder how my personal profiles will be viewed as a future teacher? Will students be able to find what you are saving on your Pinterest? Will parents be viewing our Facebook pictures to make sure their children have a “good” teacher. I believe in transparency, but I also worry that some of our privacy will be lost if we allow too much of ourselves to be documented on social media sites.


  3. I agree with you, I am not a fan of Facebook either. I’m quite thankful that when I was in high-school phones were not super popular yet. I think YouTube is great for school. We too use it to have books read aloud. It brings them to life and this kids seem to be more interested in the story line. I just learned about EdPuzzle, interactive videos teachers can use as lessons. Internet safety is important for kids to learn and should absolutely be taught and re-taught throughout their school years.


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