Social Media: Bringing the Classroom Home
- Extend your classroom out to the home and community through social media. Why not? We will present the pros and cons of Twitter and Instagram, then provide examples of how-to's for using social media. This presentation is for the beginning or intermediate social media user!
Our Classroom Connections
- Ms. Johal's Class Twitter @MVAScience
- Ms. Venturino's Class Twitter @403Science
Twitter is an essential component of a technology-driven classroom. Twitter can be used at all grade levels, and in all content areas. Students can tweet what they learned in class, or ask questions of experts. Teachers can tweet important announcements, quotes from students, and links to academic content. Parent followers become easily engaged and updated with what is happening in the classroom. We prefer to keep Twitter public so anyone can see it without logging in. Therefore, it is especially important to not post any student-identifying information.
Instagram is another very popular social media app. As teachers, we use it to post pictures of exemplary student work, things we are working on in the classroom, and humorous content-related memes. Students are very engaged with Instagram in their personal lives, and it is a treaty way for them to continue this connection once they leave the classroom. We have decided to keep Instagram private, meaning only approved followers can view the pictures. This keeps students' information confidential. While we don't post pictures of student faces -- backs of heads or pictures of the classroom are posted.