Importance of Social Media for Teachers

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Recently, I’ve landed a fantastic position being able to teach 16 - 18yr old public school students the power and importance of social media through a 7-week pilot program. It focuses around the major social networks and best usage practises, the importance and power of metrics, information and privacy and how to increase engagement and community involvement not just online but also offline.

During teaching these classes I’ve noticed teachers pop in and out of the classroom or stay after students have left to pick my brain on how to better use social media to:

  • connect more with their students
  • get students to participate more in and out of the classroom
  • pay more attention to negative content that could hurt or hinder your social networking

With school policies to restrict laptops and smartphones into the classroom these could be considered the new upgrade to the chalk and chalkboard, the paper and pencil, the keyboard and word document but teachers I’m finding are having a hard time bringing social media into the classroom.

With the current influence of social media on our daily lives it’s silly to think that our current education system doesn’t have classes geared towards social media and teachers teaching from modern tools like a tablet or smartphone.

Just recently released this nifty infographic (pictured below) for teachers to better understand how much social media is used inside classrooms now and how they can glean the benefits of connecting their teaching styles with everything social.

Take a look and leave your comments below and if you know any teachers who could benefit from this please share!

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