Welcome to this multi-part series focusing on Social Media in the classroom. Throughout these posts on the education blog Teach Amazing, you’ll learn how to engage your students in the social media driven world in which they live. Since social media is such a huge category of web 2.0, this course will focus on social networks and microblogging. Let’s discover how to create safe environments for your students, put them into action with fun, engaging lessons and learn assessment strategies for all of your social media lessons.
Social media in the classroom, especially social networks for your students, can be a very powerful learning tool. Students love to use these tools because it is such a large part of the modern student’s life. Let’s take a look at how to create a social network for your classroom or school in order to provide an online learning platform.
Your school may require any school-sponsored social networks to be completely private and hosted on school district servers. That way, student identities can be protected and content can be screened. Keep in mind creating a locked down private social network has many safety advantages, however it takes some technology prowess to install the packages.
Here are a few products to look at when considering a private social network:
Setting up a social network on your school servers may prove to be a challenge. Have no fear, many other options exist. If you want a no-hassle social network that is ready to go immediately, sign up for a free account with your choice of many great options. These websites hot all of the software; you just sign up and enjoy.
Let’s take a look at some of your best bets for creating a classroom social network.
Which option is the best for your classroom? If you get the go-ahead to create a social network and time and money are short, try Wall.fm or BigTent to start with. They have tons of features and are easy to use.
What are your suggestions for social media in the classroom? Please post a comment below and thanks for reading the education blog Teach Amazing!
Mark Brumley is an educational technology leader, presenter and founder of Teach Amazing, who has lived and worked around the globe in his commitment to provide authentic learning experiences to enhance the education of 21st Century learners.