Social media classroom tools: 7 of the best

The use of social networking and social media in educational establishments can be a really positive asset, such as the new Universities on Facebook page, although sometimes some hurdles for teachers have to be overcome, for instance where the line should be drawn about communicating with their students on such sites. On the whole though, the benefits of using social media tools in the classroom are many.

It can be difficult for teachers though to know which are the best social media tools to employ in the classroom but Sarah Kessler over on Mashable has rounded up 7 of the very best ideas. For example, there’s EDU 2.0 which enables access to a shared library of over 15,000 items of content. The idea is that quizzes, lesson plans, experiments and much more can be shared online and there’s also a community section.

Another good resource is Edmodo which is a Facebook-like idea but gives a more protected environment. A communal wall is used for teachers and students to share things like assignments and files and groups of students can be monitored from a dashboard by a teacher. When assignments are posted the grades can be given online. Although it does not allow students to communicate privately with each other, it does allow for private interaction between students and teachers.

For more of these useful resources see mashable.com. Are you a teacher and if so are you convinced yet of the use of social media in the classroom? Maybe you already use a social media tool that you think is indispensable? We’d be interested to hear from you so why not send in your comments.

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    It is a shame that it has been such a struggle to get a social networking platform that the educational folks could embrace. The media offers a tremendously potent platform for communication that kids already use. Smaller, more narrowly focused sites continue to crop up that hold promise that we might eventually be able to harness the full power of social media in our classrooms.