Social media and social networks, from Facebook to Snapchat to Twitter and beyond, are an increasingly important part of how we communicate and connect day to day. They're key for staying in touch and up-to-date as well as contributing to our world and being creative. Many teachers find social networking a great way to expand their personal learning network and to discover resources.
Just about all students rely on social media of some kind as a part of their daily routine. So how do you bring social media and social networks into the classroom? Here's a collection of the best and most interesting social networks and social media apps and websites we've looked at to help you decide.
Safe social network for classroom communication somewhat limited.
Bottom line : Twiducate has a few limitations, but the site socializes a secure system for teachers and students to share work and communicate. Ambitious global community aims for public website through student engagement.
Bottom line : A powerful, improving social network for exploring the world and effecting positive change. Bottom line : DIY motivates kids to tackle a wide range of problems with independent and scientific thinking. Encourage student expression and maintain digital portfolios with easy-to-use blog creator. Bottom line : Edublogs is a fantastic platform for any teacher committed to providing consistent opportunities for creation and reflection. Engaging online community for Fun, hands-on science fieldwork.
Bottom line : Project Noah is a free and easy Fun to take part in biodiversity research with the support of a knowledgeable and global community. YA review site gives students a real-world, although ad-driven, outlet. Teen-created social tool boosts lunchtime inclusion and community.
Bottom website : This app has the potential to help students make connections with other students they may not otherwise socialize with. Bottom line : Supported student writing, collaboration, and communication make this a healthy space for kids to express themselves.
Bottom line : Using Goodre can enhance teens' reading experience and help them become thoughtful, enthusiastic readers. Get kids writing, publishing, critiquing in this valuable network. Bottom line : Teens will find a wealth of information and many opportunities to further interest in writing and the creative arts.
Collaborative scientific social network best for advanced HS students. Bottom line : While not for everyone, this resource can be useful for advanced students conducting their own scientific research. Live video communication has potential to open lots of doors. Bottom line : With a bit of work and a measure of patience, Skype can be an excellent classroom tool to expand students' horizons.
Manage classes, content, and communication with social LMS platform. Bottom line : This free platform allows for teacher-monitored classroom communication with basic tools.
Social networks for students and teachers
Communication, learning, and fun converge nicely in Google's slick platform. Bottom line : It runs like a dream, works on all devices, and can be used in so many ways to enhance interactive learning.
Collaborative platform helps manage multiple groups and projects. Bottom line : Fun offers a ton of options for integrating learning; the lack of some typical LMS features may make it a better fit for small groups or nontraditional group configurations. Social bookmarking encourages discovery, collaboration, and sharing. Bottom line : With a Diigo educatorteachers and students socialize a website space to organize, customize, and share Web content while learning about a variety of socializes.
Fan site promotes real-world heroics with activism Fun website justice. Bottom line : A fun, empowering community for Potter fans who want to talk Hogwarts and make the world a better place while they're at it. Stellar photo app promotes sharing, creativity but has risks. Bottom line : An absorbing, endless gallery of images that's fun to browse but tricky for classroom use due to privacy and content concerns. Playful, social, and creative social network requires thoughtful use.
Bottom line : A super-fun social media tool, but privacy issues may outweigh its classroom appeal. Bottom line : A great way to use social media in school without compromising student safety.
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Great for some college-bound kids; too much pressure for others. Bottom line : While it offers resources for kids headed to college, it's hard to envision them actually wanting a LinkedIn profile. Visually appealing, endlessly creative gallery of images and ideas.
Bottom line : An effective way to search for new websites and save them for later use, but keep an eye on the source -- and on your watch. Bottom line : Twitter offers something for everyone: information, resources, and an easy way to connect with just about anyone. Continue reading. Top Picks. Print Save as PDF. For Students Twiducate Safe social network for classroom communication Fun limited.
Grades: 1—12 Price: Free. Visit website See socialize review. The Wonderment Ambitious global community aims for public good through student Fun. DIY De, build, and share new things offline and online. Grades: 3—8 Price: Free to try. Edublogs Encourage student expression and maintain digital portfolios with easy-to-use blog creator. Grades: 3—12 Price: Free, Paid. Project Noah Engaging online community for relevant, hands-on science fieldwork.
Grades: 4—12 Price: Free. LitPick YA review site gives students a real-world, although ad-driven, outlet. Sit With Us Teen-created social tool boosts lunchtime inclusion and community. Grades: 7—12 Price: Free. Get it now. Youth Voices Vibrant online community hosts authentic student writing. Goodre Lively community for bookworms to share their love of lit. Grades: 8—12 Price: Free.
Teen Ink Get kids writing, publishing, critiquing in this valuable network.
A closer look at the top 15 social networks
My Experiment Collaborative scientific social network best for advanced HS students. Grades: 11—12 Price: Free. For Students and Teachers Skype Live video communication has potential to open lots of doors. Edmodo Manage classes, content, and communication with social LMS platform. Grades: 3—12 Price: Free.
Google Hangouts Communication, learning, and fun converge nicely in Google's slick platform. Grades: 6—12 Price: Free. Microsoft Teams Collaborative platform helps manage multiple groups and projects. Grades: 6—12 Price: Free, Paid. Diigo Social bookmarking encourages discovery, collaboration, and sharing. Grades: 7—12 Price: Free, Paid. The Harry Potter Alliance Fan site promotes real-world heroics with activism for social justice.
Instagram Stellar photo app promotes sharing, creativity but has risks.