An interesting report entitled Spotlight on Social Media in the Classroom is available from Education Week. The 12-page report includes 7 articles on social media usage and a useful list of over a dozen resources.
One of the articles discusses how U.S. schools are setting up connections with classrooms around the world. For example, the Plantation High School in Florida was on a video conference with Egyptian students just as the former President Mubarak was resigning from his position. They were given a window into history in the making, able to see and hear the reactions of the Egyptian students. An elementary school in Bakersfield, California has linked with classrooms in Iceland, Norway and Singapore. They were able to hear about an active volcano eruption in Iceland firsthand from children at their same grade level in the Icelandic school.
This form of digital learning and interaction is providing students, most of whom as yet have not had the opportunity to travel to another country, with real-life experiences and views of life in other parts of the world.
Another of the articles in the report is about sharing science through online communities. One of these is ecogeek.org, an environmental blogging site that provides news on green energy and the environment. Another such resource is CAISE, the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education, which is supported by the National Science Foundation. Their site includes information on science centers and museums, afterschool programs, and gaming projects, as well as news on informal STEM education programs. ScienceGeek.net is a collection of resources, including videos, and interactive graphics, primarily in the chemistry and biology disciplines.
Curriki is of course another important social media site for K-12 education. Curriki fosters communities of education professionals around the globe and provides almost 45,000 curated resources of all kinds ranging from textbooks to videos to learning games. These are accessible by anyone, in an open source format.
The report from Education Week is available for downloading here after a short registration; we suggest you take a look!