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: https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/classroom-social-media/