Social Media and Social Networking in Education

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[tweetmeme]There exist boundless opportunities for educators who harness the potential of social media and social networking in the classroom, from issuing homework reminders to following experts in a field of study and from collaborating within your classroom to connecting with students across the globe.  Bring the power of social media and networking into your classroom with these leaders in social media and networking and education:

  • Twitter – Twitter is more than a soapbox for sharing the mundane details of daily life: it is an excellent platform for providing and finding many superb learning resources. Check out these 9 Great Reasons Why Teachers Should Use Twitter and get started!
  • Ning – Create your own educational social network for free with Ning and enjoy an exclusive community where students and teachers can post blogs, videos, podcasts, documents and photos, and participate in group forum discussions and live chats. Learn more about what Ning can do for your classroom here. Or, join Classroom 2.0, The Global Education Collaborative or Digiteen to see how Ning can be used in education.
  • Curriki – Curriki groups allow members to exchange curricula, lesson plans and ideas on teaching practices with fellow educators and offer constructive feedback on shared resources. Groups are available for every subject area and may be specific to one district or department, or be a global community of educators.  Find out more about Connecting on Curriki, and begin collaborating today! To see what Curriki communities are like, check out Digital Tools for Homework Help and the New Teachers Group.
  • Facebook – Bring Facebook and education together, and discover new ways to interact with students, teachers and experts, share knowledge, and give support. For further information, go to the Facebook in Education page for resources, stories and safety tips for using social networking in the classroom.

How are you using social media or social networking in your practice? Let us know in the comments section below!


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6 responses to “Social Media and Social Networking in Education

  1. Pingback: Social Media and Social Networking in Education « Curriki's Blog | Dr-Net

  2. Hi there,

    Thanks for compiling this list. I would add Edmodo to your resources. Edmodo is similar to Facebook in look and feel, but allows for more teacher control and safety.

  3. I’m using youtube and facebook to share an international art project called the Singing Tree. Collaborative murals are made to address different issues with people from all over the world contributing a piece. Young people get to meet each in the creative collaboration. See the Fig Singing Tree for the Child and our first virtual mural, the Oak Singing Tree for Autism –

  4. Wow! Very inspiring. I love how you can zoom in and out here:

    Thanks for sharing. Perhaps you will find Curriki groups useful for future group collaborations:


  5. Attractive blog post you have hereabouts. I hadn’t given due consideration aforementioned.

  6. Pressingly captivating blog column.

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