5 Ways to Kick-Start “Back to School” Using Social Media in the Classroom

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5 Ways to Kick-Start “Back to School” Using Social Media in the Classroom

1. Instagram – A traditional activity to help students build relationships with each other and the teacher is an “About Me” poster. Why not use the popular social media platform, Instagram, instead. Using a class hashtag, students can tag posted pictures, sharing everything from their favorite spot to read in the school to an important person in their life. Not only would this be a collective space to grow relationships, but during the in-class sharing, students could refine communication and storytelling skills.

2. Voxer – This trendy, new social media platform allows voxers to continue the conversation through various modes including text, voice, and pictures via a threaded discussion. Students could share goals with each other, provide advice to underclassmen, or answer questions posed by new students or visitors. This versatile platform makes collaboration a snap; easily pass pictures, ideas, or voice comments to group-mates.

3. Twitter – Twitter is quickly becoming the new “Facebook” for people under 21 (mostly because their parents aren’t on it yet). Teachers can model advantages of connectivity by tweeting with a “Sister School”. Succinct writing opportunities to share a glimpse into the “life” of a typical teen in their demographic area provides a lens to students unmatched through vicarious means. Multiple perspectives of current events and issues, connecting to experts, networking, and building a positive, on-line presence are all possible in 140 characters.

4. Facebook – Personal triumphs, recognizing good deeds, daily gratitude to those who helped you survive another school day; all of these posts on a School’s Facebook Page which is designated to share the unrecognized “Good” that takes place daily in the halls of our schools, can be achieved through Facebook.  Submissions can remain anonymous, and messages approved and posted by a small group of students. When ownership is placed back into the hands of  students, their contributions become a recognizable part of the positive culture!

5. Remind – A safe and free way to text students, athletes, and parents. The cellphone: the first thing a students checks when they wake and the last thing looked at before bed. Creating groups in Remind early in the school year, as a communication tool, saves time and guarantees that everyone receives the same message. From an athletic team, a school club, or even classroom assignments, Remind allows teachers to text important news and reminders that will reach students and parents alike.

Best of Luck in the 2014-2015 School Year!

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4 Responses to 5 Ways to Kick-Start “Back to School” Using Social Media in the Classroom

  1. Jen Houlette says:

    These are all great ideas. Just in the last month I’ve set up Remind for my students & parents for this fall, set up a class Twitter account, and tried Voxer (once)! I think many of these are excellent ways to show others what we’re doing in our classroom as well as promote the positive!

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  2. Tim Scholze says:

    Awesome ways to get the school year started! Thanks fro sharing 😎

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  3. jonharper70 says:

    These are great ideas! Thank you for sharing these and I look forward to trying to implement each one of these. I think each of one of them is all about fostering relationships and connections and that is what matters most. Great post!

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