Katie McKnight Podcast Series #4: Social Networking in Classrooms for Teaching & Learning

How to Teach Using Social Media

Six Parts:

Out with the books and in with social media! The profession of teaching in the age of digital technology requires many new skills, among which is learning to incorporate social media into the teaching environment in a constructive and beneficial way. There are numerous beneficial opportunities within the social media context that can help students to learn in an engaged and curious way, helping them to increase their understanding of the subject matter. Some of the more popular social media websites are explored in this article, in the context of using them for educational purposes.


Using Pinterest

  1. Search, find, pin and organize images, videos and stories for future lesson plans and assignments.
  2. Allow students to use Pinterest for presentations and projects.Later, have the students set up specific boards to promote their finalized projects.
  3. Use community boards for group assignments.These multi-user boards allow multiple users to save their resources in one place.
  1. Summarize your lecture in an easy-to-comprehend presentation.Add in a good mix of visuals and text.
  2. Follow other teachers and educational institutions in order to create a circle of resourceful links.
  3. Upload reference material and practice exercises on your account.This will help give your students additional insight into the subject.
  4. Keep sharing slides containing information from your files on a regular basis.
  5. Ask your students and fellow teachers to comment or leave feedback on the threads you generate.

Using Facebook

  1. Use Facebook applications like Flashcards and We Read to make learning and studying easier and more pleasurable.
  2. Become a news resource by posting updates on your feed to increase your followers.
  3. Make a Facebook page for your class where you can list events, post observations and remind students of assignments and due dates.
  4. Improve communication by allowing students to easily message teachers and other students with questions.
  5. Link class projects with Facebook by sharing book reviews, polling to your class and promoting student work.

Using Twitter

  1. Post additional materials.This might include links to articles and videos so that students can carry on learning even when class is over.
  2. Follow hash tags and other trends by setting up precise information which the entire class can monitor.
  3. Connect with other classroom teachers to increase communication and build community.
  4. Follow other educators tweets.This will help you to keep up with the latest education trends, get ideas and support one another.
  5. Create a feed for your classroom so you can tweet about upcoming coursework, events and class related news.

Using Wordpress

  1. Create a class blog.Use it to keep students up-to-date on upcoming projects, due dates, events and other reminders.
  2. Recognize and publish exemplary work done by students to the blog.Or, have students set up their own blog as online journals.
  3. Motivate students to post on a class blog weekly to develop their own voice and work on their writing skills.
  4. Publish discussion topics on the blog.Give your students a few days to study the topic and ask them to comment.
  5. Post daily or weekly homework assignments on the blog so students who were absent can know what they missed.

Using YouTube

  1. Search for relevant and informative videos that you can use in the classroom to bring lessons to life, making them more memorable.
  2. Record your lessons and upload them on YouTube so that students can view them whenever they want and wherever they want.
  3. Take your videos to next level by adding quizzes, remarks and more.
  4. Teach students how to produce, edit and direct videos by having them film and upload videos to YouTube channels.
  5. Curate organized playlist so that your students can easily find and watch all related and approved videos on a topic.

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  • This article has covered some of the most commonly used social media platforms that are suitable for students and teachers. Once you're used to incorporating social media into daily studies, you'll find it easier to branch out and find other social media resources to use as well.


  • Comply with all school rules and instructions on internet and social media usage.
  • Outline at the start and throughout what is expected of the students by way of good behavior online. Remove privileges if students misuse the social media in any way; set an example quickly by dealing with errant behavior quickly.
  • Make it clear that no personal information is to be made public. Spell this out clearly, including addresses, ages, residence, etc.

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