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11 March 2014

The Social Media Myth

The myth about social media in the classroom is that if you use it, kids will be Tweeting, Facebooking and Snapchatting while you're trying to teach. We still have to focus on the task at hand. Don't mistake social media for socializing. They're different -- just as kids talking as they work in groups or talking while hanging out are different.

You don't even have to bring the most popular social media sites into your classroom. You can use Fakebook or FakeTweet as students work on this form of conversation. Edublogs, Kidblog, Edmodo, and more will let you use social media competencies and writing techniques. Some teachers are even doing "tweets" on post-it notes as exit tickets. You can use mainstream social media, too.

 

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16 January 2014

There are clear benefits for students, teachers and schools who use social media.

Blogging gives students a voice and an audience. Teachers can showcase and provide a context for the work and activity in their classrooms and parents and carers can become engaged in the children's learning.

There are many free and paid for blogging tools. Here we will look at Wordpress.com which offers a free service, is easy to use and provides the teacher with useful administrator tools.