Teacher Tips

Creating social learning experiences


Teacher Tips

with Aaron Quigley

Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now

Video: Creating social learning experiences

As you start using social media in the classroom, it's really important to understand the concept of the hashtag. Now a hashtag is just a word or an un-spaced phrase starting with a pound or number sign. This makes the word or phrase searchable. So for example, on the screen I've used a pound sign in front of the word hashtag. If I included this inside of a post, whether it be on Facebook or twitter, and then I go into a Google search, and I search for hashtag. My post because it contains this particular word, with this symbol in front of it, will now be included in those search results.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
    2. Is this course right for me?
  2. 12m 43s
    1. What is the flipped classroom?
      4m 16s
    2. Building a flipped lesson plan
      4m 22s
    3. Finding resources
      4m 5s
  3. 12m 33s
    1. Using Evernote to organize your classroom
      7m 49s
    2. Using Skitch to create dynamic presentations
      4m 44s
  4. 16m 29s
    1. What is Common Core?
      4m 52s
    2. ELA/Literacy
      6m 41s
    3. Mathematics
      4m 56s
  5. 10m 1s
    1. Using the iPad as a teacher
      6m 18s
    2. Using the iPad with your students
      3m 43s
  6. 20m 47s
    1. Getting started with Edmodo
      8m 5s
    2. Managing your classes
      8m 48s
    3. Communication
      3m 54s
  7. 6m 27s
    1. Prezi: Teaching best practices
      6m 27s
  8. 12m 50s
    1. Blogging fundamentals
      12m 50s
  9. 14m 40s
    1. Getting started with Schoology
      6m 46s
    2. Integrating Google Apps
      7m 54s
  10. 11m 59s
    1. Understanding online file syncing
      7m 47s
    2. Dropdox options and workflow
      4m 12s
  11. 17m 46s
    1. Managing student behaviors with ClassDojo
      11m 44s
    2. Control classroom management with an iPad
      6m 2s
  12. 22m 21s
    1. Creating a student-friendly worksheet
      11m 0s
    2. Modifying assignments quickly
      11m 21s
  13. 8m 51s
    1. Podcasting in the classroom
      8m 51s
  14. 11m 5s
    1. Hour of Code
      2m 18s
    2. Kodu
      2m 1s
    3. Writing your first program
      6m 46s
  15. 18m 8s
    1. Create a quick class website
      8m 20s
    2. Upload assignments
      9m 48s
  16. 6m 39s
    1. Creating screen capture video
      6m 39s
  17. 10m 14s
    1. Mind mapping for students
      10m 14s
  18. 6m 35s
    1. Creating online interactive discussions
      2m 53s
    2. Exploring educational uses of todaysmeet.com
      3m 42s
  19. 4m 19s
    1. Exploring the Adobe Education Exchange
      4m 19s
  20. 10m 55s
    1. Online learning with bContext
      1m 7s
    2. Creating digital videos
      9m 48s
  21. 5m 53s
    1. Free website platforms
      2m 3s
    2. Selecting a website platform
      3m 50s
  22. 10m 52s
    1. Students on the Internet
      3m 55s
    2. Teaching proper Internet use
      6m 57s
  23. 10m 42s
    1. Learning through interactions
      4m 6s
    2. Creating social learning experiences
      6m 36s
  24. 15m 7s
    1. Exploring social bookmarking with Diigo
      7m 7s
    2. Sharing a list of websites
      3m 57s
    3. Creating a resource collection for students
      4m 3s
  25. 10m 57s
    1. Lesson planning with Common Curriculum
      4m 47s
    2. Managing your instructional schedule
      6m 10s
  26. 10m 11s
    1. Piktochart in education
      3m 20s
    2. Creating infographics
      6m 51s
  27. 9m 24s
    1. Exploring the role of a learning management system
      3m 56s
    2. Three free learning management systems
      5m 28s
  28. 8m 57s
    1. Understanding crowdfunding
      3m 27s
    2. Explore education crowdfunding tools
      5m 30s
  29. 6m 48s
    1. Creating drag-and-drop lessons
      4m 50s
    2. Using pre-created resources
      1m 58s
  30. 7m 22s
    1. Exploring VoiceThread
      3m 46s
    2. Creating and sharing a VoiceThread
      3m 36s
  31. 6m 44s
    1. Lesson planning with BetterLesson.com
      4m 1s
    2. Accessing common core lesson plans
      2m 43s
  32. 6m 45s
    1. Exploring the free resources
      2m 59s
    2. Exploring the teacher portal
      3m 46s
  33. 7m 1s
    1. How does donorschoose.org work?
      2m 42s
    2. Creating compelling projects
      4m 19s
  34. 8m 31s
    1. Adding your classroom as a project
      3m 0s
    2. Building awareness through social media
      5m 31s
  35. 7m 41s
    1. Find high quality lessons for your classroom
      5m 27s
    2. Assess the quality of lesson materials
      2m 14s
  36. 11m 58s
    1. Selling lessons plans on TeachersPayTeachers.com
      1m 39s
    2. Uploading lesson plans for sale
      10m 19s
  37. 6m 40s
    1. Lesson planning on an iPad
      3m 53s
    2. Creating recorded lessons on an iPad
      2m 47s
  38. 4m 41s
    1. Maximizing class downtime with DuoLingo
      3m 13s
    2. Creating self-motivated learners using DuoLingo
      1m 28s
  39. 6m 13s
    1. Adding the Office Mix PowerPoint plugin
      2m 58s
    2. Creating videos from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 15s
  40. 7m 39s
    1. Creating stories with Adobe Voice
      7m 39s
  41. 2m 37s
    1. Lesson planner at learner.org
      2m 37s
  42. 2m 55s
    1. Real-world learning in the classroom
      2m 55s
  43. 6m 49s
    1. Formative assessments with Pear Deck
      6m 49s
  44. 5m 4s
    1. Increasing student collaboration with Flipgrid
      5m 4s
  45. 8m 15s
    1. Managing electronic assignments
      4m 10s
    2. Turning in assignments
      4m 5s
  46. 3m 29s
    1. Google's new free LMS
      3m 29s
  47. 5m 24s
    1. Using Trello for classroom project management
      5m 24s
  48. 13m 40s
    1. Creating interactive cloud-based lessons
      3m 3s
    2. Creating Classflow lessons
      5m 41s
    3. Presenting Classflow lessons
      4m 56s
  49. 2m 27s
    1. Students creating electronic prototypes
      2m 27s
  50. 7m 17s
    1. Creating interactive video lessons
      7m 17s
  51. 3m 58s
    1. Creating collaborative art space
      3m 58s
  52. 8m 30s
    1. Showcase learning with infographics
      8m 30s
  53. 5m 54s
    1. Tracking individual student learning
      5m 54s
  54. 5m 6s
    1. Taking class polls to check for understanding
      5m 6s
  55. 4m 56s
    1. Turn down time into learning time
      4m 56s
  56. 4m 37s
    1. Student math mastery and learning tool
      4m 37s
  57. 7m 59s
    1. New This Week - National Geographic GeoTour
      7m 59s

please wait ...
Watch the Online Video Course Teacher Tips
8h 26m Appropriate for all Sep 16, 2013 Updated Dec 22, 2014

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

In this new series, author and educator Aaron Quigley shows you how to stay up to date with the latest educational technology and classroom management techniques. Each week, he'll introduce you to a new tip you can use to be more efficient, and increase student achievement. Aaron covers concepts like the flipped classroom, Common Core Standards, and the role of social media in education. The series also covers a variety of productivity apps, learning management systems, and other technologies, using a project-based approach that simulates the real K–12 or university classroom environment. Check back often for new tutorials, every Monday with Teacher Tips.

Education + Elearning
Aaron Quigley

Creating social learning experiences

As you start using social media in the classroom, it's really important to understand the concept of the hashtag. Now a hashtag is just a word or an un-spaced phrase starting with a pound or number sign. This makes the word or phrase searchable. So for example, on the screen I've used a pound sign in front of the word hashtag. If I included this inside of a post, whether it be on Facebook or twitter, and then I go into a Google search, and I search for hashtag. My post because it contains this particular word, with this symbol in front of it, will now be included in those search results.

One of the most common places the hashtag is used is on Twitter. When I'm in Twitter and I'm making a post, sometimes there's certain words inside the post that I want people to be able to search for. And so I'll put a pound sign or a number sign in front of them. Or maybe at the end of my post, I say, I want this to be available for teachers, and so I'll put a pound sign and then write the word teachers. Inside of Twitter, if I then type in the word teachers into a search result, that particular Twitter post will then be included in those search results. Both you and your students can learn to use hashtags as an important part of both finding and contributing to the online conversation.

One way that I love to use Twitter is for homework discussion. Students can go home, and then they can have a conversation about the homework, or seek help about the homework, from their classmates. Once again, hashtags can help us refine this process. If you create a classroom hashtag such as yourclassroomhw, students can then apply that hashtag to the homework discussion. You can also do class updates via Twitter. In the morning, you can tell your students if class is delayed because of snow, and then I guarantee you, they'll take a look at your Twitter update in the future. You can also share research ideas through Twitter.

As students are working on a project and they find a really cool website or article, they can tweet that to the rest of the class with the hashtag of research idea. And the flip side of that is students can also search for research ideas on Twitter. If you took your entire class to a computer lab and had them spend an hour looking for various websites on a certain topic, and then tweeting those websites with a certain hashtag, by the end of that hour you could search that hashtag, and have a great list of research ideas you could then send out to the rest of your class. Facebook is another social media that has a lot of application inside of the classroom. Using Facebook, you can create a class page the same way that you as an individual might have a Facebook page, your class can function the same way.

There can be a title for the class, you can post information to the class' wall, you can add students to the class as friends. And this can allow you to centralize communication for everything that happens inside of your class. You can also create collaboration groups over Facebook. Students can join the group and then send a single communication out that is automatically carbon copying to every member of the group. This is a great tool for teaching students appropriate online communication and to keep your collaboration groups organized. There's a lot of student to teacher communication that can happen through Facebook as well. Because Facebook gives you the ability to post to a wall or send a direct message students and teachers can have the appropriate level of conversation with the appropriate level of privacy.

And there's also a lot of classroom interactive communication that happens on Facebook. It creates a place where students can share their ideas with a larger community. Instagram is also becoming a popular social media tool inside of the classroom. If you're not familiar with Instagram it functions a lot like Twitter except for it's photo-based. You can take a photo and you can upload it to your Instagram account which is then automatically shared with the people that follow you on Instagram. This is a great way to create a digital bulletin board. If you have student projects or student work that's absolutely outstanding you can snap a quick photo of it.

Once again, be careful not to take pictures of your students and be careful to not take pictures of student names on work. A few things to keep in mind, if you have student names written around your room you also need to make sure that they're not included in the pictures. You can then turn the control of Instagram over to your students and have them do digital storytelling. Students can create Instagram accounts and then throughout the day, take certain photos in order to tell a story. Or they can search for the right photo in order to share a response they have to a piece of work or reading that they've done. Field trip scavenger hunts are another great idea for Instagram.

A lot of times, on field trips, it's important to make sure that students know what their learning goals are. Often with very little work, you can create a scavenger hunt that asks students to seek out and to take photos of the parts of the field trip that you would like them to put emphasis on. And also, it gives students the ability to look for real world connections to content. A really wonderful extra credit or bonus assignment is to have students take pictures of how they see their learning played out in the real world. So for example, if you're a math teacher and your teaching students a new math concept and throughout the day they see that math concept being used, they can snap a picture of it, add a hashtag to that photo of math homework, or whatever you choose the hashtag to be and you can search for and pull up those student real world connections.

Now going back to some of the concerns we have with using social media in the classroom, TodaysMeet allows us to overcome some of those concerns. What TodaysMeet is, it's the ability to create a Twitter-like feed that's isolated to your classroom. You, the educator, can go in and create a room, which is like creating a Twitter group. And then, once you give students access to the room, they can have an ongoing dialogue that's isolated, meaning it's not open to the entire world on the Internet. TodaysMeet can be great to use for video discussions. As students are watching a video in your classroom, they can be communicating through TodaysMeet with the rest of the classmates around them.

They could be having discussions and asking questions about the content. They can be talking about things that are exciting to them. And what I found in my own classroom is it actually engages students in the learning of the video. They're no longer passively sitting and watching, but they're actively engaged in what's being said. It's also a great space for classroom debates. Students can use Todays Meet as a way to disagree with their classmates in a safe and controlled environment. It's also great for presentation questions. If you have a speaker in the classroom or if you have students speaking to the classroom, allowing them to ask questions of the presenter in TodaysMeet means they're not going to interrupt the presentation.

At the end of the presentation, the presenter can take a look at the entire TodaysMeet dialogue, pull out the questions they'd like to answer, and re-address the class. It's also wonderful for reading responses. I found that as students are working through the book, whether it be a textbook or non-fiction or fiction book, they can have TodaysMeet open on a laptop or an iPad and as they find connections to the book or they have questions about the book, they can send it out to the rest of the class. The class can then read those questions and responses and reply back to them. What I found in my own classroom is that at the end of a TodaysMeet reading session students have actually engaged with the content at a deeper level.

I hope you have an opportunity to explore the idea of using social media in your own classroom. And if you do decide to use it, I hope that these tips and tricks can be great instructional tools for both you and your students.

There are currently no FAQs about Teacher Tips.

Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.

Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.

Mark all as unwatched Cancel


You have completed Teacher Tips.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.

Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.