This page is dedicated to the use of Social Media in the classroom. I have been encouraging teachers for a couple of years to join Twitter and share ideas with educators from all over the world. Below you will find some videos and links on using Twitter, Blogging and Skype in classroom.
Here is a video that hopefully answers your question of "Why use Social Media?".
Here is a video that explains what Twitter is.
This video is specifically for Educators who are interested in using Twitter in Education.
Twitter in the classroom
One of the parts of Twitter that is important know is the hash tag #. The hash tag is how ideas are categorized on Twitter. Educators have used the hash tag to organize education tweets. #EngChat is for English teachers, #SSChat is for Social Studies, #MathChat is for Math, etc. Here is a link that breaks down all of the different hash tags for eduction. The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags.
My friend Jerry has a wonderful website that is filled with great resources on Twitter.
Blogging is a great way to have kids write in a digital environment. Here is a video that explains a little more of what blogging is.
Here are some resources on Blogging in the classroom
Each one of my students have a blog where they post their work. At the end of the year, my students will have a complete e-portfolio of just about every piece of writing they did. Not only will it have all of their writing, but it will have all of their digital projects as well. It will be a place they can go back to and see their work. Here is a link to a collection of their blog posts.
Skype is a great resource for educators who are looking to connect their classroom with others across the country or around the world. If you are interested in using Skype at school, you will need to create an account (Free), buy a webcam for your classroom and create a Help Desk ticket requesting to have Skype placed onto your classroom computer. Below you will find some resources on using Skype in the classroom.
These are just some of the resources on using Skype in the classroom. Feel free to do your own Google search to find specific information on using Skype in your classroom.
If you have any questions, feel free to send an email and I will be happy to help in any way that I can.