Social Media and Education

Networking

This page is a work in progress. The Social Media applications found here are being used effectively in classrooms.

Skype is conferencing program that allows students to experience face-to-face video conferencing. The basic program is a free download. For video conferencing the user will need an internet connection along with a webcam and a microphone. Chat and audio/video conferencing on Skype are free.

Twitter has many interesting possibilities for educational applications. It requires thoughtful planning and creative writing to stay under the 140 character limit. For teachers, it is a great way to develop and maintain a Professional Learning Network (PLN). For students, sharing ideas, research links, and online polling are just a few of the possibilities. The program is a free download.

Ning is a blogging site that lets you create your own social network. Ning is an excellent tool for creating a classroom, grade level, or interscholastic social network. Ning is a free download.

This is a Ning that is already built for teachers to share their experience and expertise. If you do not yet have a Professional Learning Network, this is a great place to start. Check out The Educator’s PLN

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