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Hello educators, and welcome to Teacher Tips. This is the second week in a series of tips on using the Internet in the classroom. And this week, we're going to explore using social media as a classroom tool. Now, many teachers, myself included, have fought students having cellphones in the classroom. And drama on social media websites have disrupted my lessons. So contemplating using social media in the classroom at first seems bizarre. The reality is, students around the globe are using social media at very at very young ages. And introducing social media application in the classroom cannot only be a great pedagogical tool, but also provide an opportunity for us to teach students how to use social media properly.
Through social media, students can learn proper internet usage and they can become connected to a larger community that's outside the classroom walls. Students will even be learning professional skills that will take them all the way through college and the workplace. This week, as we get started we're going to walk through some concerns and considerations around using social media in the classroom, then in the next movie we'll dive through some strategies for using social media with your students. Let's start off by taking a look at the social media concerns. Many of these concerns can be overcome, and as we move throughout this content, I'll address these concerns.
The first one is protecting student information. Also, some social media sites are banned on school internet, meaning that your school or district has put filters in place that don't allow you to access sites like Facebook or Twitter. Also, students will use this outside of class. What I mean by that, is if I have a student set up a Twitter account For the use inside of class, I need to assume that that student will also use that Twitter outside of class. And while I can regulate the stuff that happens in class, I'm now exposing my students to something much bigger than my classroom walls.
And also, the content on social media is unmoderated. If I have a student that posts something that's inappropriate or that I don't want. As the educator, I don't have the right to go into that student's profile and delete it, unless I've made students give me their user name and passwords. This can be a challenge for some teachers because whatever comes out, comes out and you have to learn to work through those processes and problems together as a class. If you decide to use social media there's also a few things that I highly recommend that you think about, before integrating into your classroom. I call these the social media prerequisites.
The first thing I recommend is that you seek parent involvement. If parents know up front they are starting to use social media in the classroom, then they can also have conversations with the student at home, about the use of social media. Also, I've learned that parents want to participate with the social media in class. This is great, especially if you use Twitter because you can tweet to the class what the evening homework will be and parents have access to that as well. You should also have a student internet use contract in place. Last week we talked about creating internet savvy students and starting that process by laying clear rules about what internet use is appropriate and acceptable within your classroom.
And there should also be pre-defined, strong learning goals. If you're thinking about integrating social media, just because you're looking for a different way to communicate with your students. Then maybe a learning management system is more appropriate. However, if you're starting to recognize that you'd like to build some of the features of social media into your actual instruction. Then this might be the correct path for you. For those educators that decide social media is right for their classroom, there's also a few things that I recommend you avoid. First, avoid student photos. It's sometimes really easy to see students working in the classroom on a project and get really excited about and quickly capture all of that student work.
But there could be students in that photo and their information is now online, and they're no longer protected. Also avoid publishing student names. I've seen a lot of teachers want to give shout outs to students through social media, you have to remember this is not just visible to you and your students, but to anyone that's on the web. And I highly recommend a separation of your personal social media from your classroom social media. Even if you believe your Facebook page would be appropriate for students to look at, having that separation can protect you as well as your students. In the next video, we're going to go ahead and dive deeper into using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TodaysMeet inside the classroom, with your students.
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