Social Media Tips for Teachers

Social Media Becoming Commonplace

Social media in education has been growing for years and continues to make a positive outcome for both teachers and students. Teachers have developed personal learning networks, sometimes referred to as PLNs, to transform professional development opportunities. Through Twitter, Pinterest, and others, teachers routinely learn new and effective teaching techniques from their peers.

Digital Footprints

As you interact more with social media, you leave more and more digital footprints. This is not necessarily a bad thing and can actually be used to positively promote you as a teaching professional. And, the concept of a digital footprint is an important discussion to have with students as well. With smart usage, social media can not only be a great tool for learning, but can be a constructive way to highlight your expertise. Check out the tips below.

Social Media Tips for Teachers

Tips for Worry-Free Social Media

  • Avatars and profile pictures should be professional. If you wouldn’t use it on a resume, don’t use it for your profile.
  • In images you post (including those of your friends), dress conservatively. If your grandmother would not approve, don’t post it!
  • Only “pin” and create “pinboards” of images you would be proud to show your students.
  • Keep alcohol out of all images you post.
  • Watch for images you are tagged in. Even though you are careful, your college buddies might post and tag you in some photos that will be frowned upon by your school.
  • Only “like” non-controversial (e.g., apolitical and nonreligious) content created by adults. Student personal photos are off limits.
  • Only write positive comments regarding anyone in your school community. If you would not write your comment on a postcard and mail it, don’t post it!

Use to Your Advantage

More and more parents are googling their kid’s teachers and more and more school districts search online before they hire. As you post an image to Instagram or like a post on Facebook, keep this in mind. Just remember, “If you wouldn’t put it on a postcard and mail it, then don’t post it!” This is good advice for both teachers and students who are using social media.

What tips do you have for either teachers or students?