8 Fantastic Social Media Tools for Teachers

Teachers use social media to engage students in creative ways that encourage collaboration and inspire discussions, especially among soft-spoken students. The number of social media tools for teachers in this respect are numerous and include the following.

Plagiarism checker

Plagtracker is a social media tool for teachers with the noble ability to detect plagiarism in written content. Teachers can use it both for vetting the authenticity of student’s work as well as their own published works. Nowadays, the originality of work matters a lot, especially where published works are concerned, even on social media.

TeacherTube

This app is like you tube for teachers. It’s a great resource for lesson ideas. Teachers use videos during class to supplement a lecture. This site also has a crowd sourced stock of documents, audio and photos that can be added to lesson plans.

8 Fantastic social media tools for teachersEdublogs

Common uses for Common uses for blogs in classrooms include group projects, reflection journals, school newspapers, class web pages and parent newsletters.edublog provides plenty of other creative options for integrating the blogs into curriculum.

Edublog has an option to keep blogs private which is one of its safety features thus reduces exposure to other blogs. Teachers can post ads on the free version of the site. A $3.33 per month fee, however, removes all advertising from up to 50 student blogs.

EDU 2.0

This tool is more like an online course management systems Blackboard and Moodle, It enables teachers to share their lesson plans, quizzes, videos, experiments and other resources in a shared library.EDU 2.0 has  a community section that allows teachers and students to network and collaborate with other members who share the same educational interests. The tool offers free access to some great tools: An online gradebook, customized quizzes, a debate tool, chat, classroom blogs, the ability to track proficiency and a customized portal page. Teachers   can also create a network by connecting classes by school and schools by districts.

Collaborize Classroom

Classroom discussions tend to be really boring as normally most students rarely participate and will keep quite up to when the discussion ends. This tool gives teachers four discussion format choices. During online discussions, Students can agree or disagree with a statement, answer a multiple choice question, post responses, or have the choice between adding a new response and voting for someone else’s response. Teachers can add photos or videos to their prompts and all of the discussions take place on one class page.

The site is simple and effective; it’s clear how to ask a question, invite class members and send messages. Persons are needed to sign up for the service between limited times to get free services.

Kidblog

Kidblog is a more specific tool.kidblog has   fewer options to adjust the appearance of the main page, and hard to use the platform for anything other than as a system for managing individual class blogs. The interface is easier to navigate and can generate user names and passwords for students, teachers, administrators, and guests with a couple of intuitive clicks. Teachers are able to edit and remove any of their students’ posts.

Teachers can also control how private they want the blogs to be. They can keep them student-and-teacher only, allow parents to log in with a password, or make them open to the public.

SymbalooEDU

This social media tool for teachers is a new version of EDU and is the popular tool used for visual organizing and sharing used by teachers. The new EDU version comes with academic subject-specific resource pages and top tools like Teacher Tube, Slideshare, Google Docs, Flickr and many more which are fully embeddable.

The tool is free for up to 50 user keys, that includes a school branded website and customized domain. Provided also is a premium package for unlimited users starts at $2.00 per user.

Edmodo

Edmodo looks and functions much like Facebook. The platform allows teachers and students to share ideas, files and assignments on a communal wall. Teachers can organize different groups of students and monitor them from the same dashboard. Assignments are posted to the wall and graded online. To view class discussions pages users need security codes to access.

This app allows teachers to connect with other teachers and provided is a group calendar where students can easily see when assignments are due. Its mobile version allows teachers to moderate discussions from anywhere.

What social media tools for teachers are you using in the classroom? Please post your thoughts below and thank you so much for reading the education blog Teach Amazing!

Sandra Miller is a freelance edtech writer from Brooklyn. She has PhD in English literature. You can reach her at Google+