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Social Media For Teachers - Facebook

Part III: Facebook If you’ve followed our blog lately, you know that we’ve covered the basics of both Instagram and Twitter in previous posts. Why did we leave Facebook for last? The simple reason is that we wanted to end with something familiar to most readers. Chances are, you already use a personal Facebook account. If not, it’s easy to create one. But more on that later. Although Instagram and Twitter are popular choices for educators, Facebook still has some traction in the educational world. Of course, some teachers still think Facebook is best for personal use only. Regardless of your view, you should still understand Facebook’s reach and follow good digital citizenship whenever you post.
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Social Media For Teachers - Twitter

Part II: Twitter Our previous blog post mentioned a few ways teachers use Instagram in their classrooms. After all, photo sharing is always a great way to enhance learning, which explains Instagram’s appeal. Even so, teachers may want more features. Enter Twitter. Not only can Twitter incorporate photos, it allows users to post links to articles or blogs and participate in live chats with like-minded professionals. Like Instagram, Twitter uses hashtags to funnel certain tweets into varied news feeds. Both platforms also require the @username feature. So, just what is Twitter, and why do educators use it?
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Social Media For Teachers - Instagram

Part I: Instagram How many times has someone suggested that you should post your classroom doings via social media? If you work with elementary kids, you might wonder if social media is age appropriate. Or you may be intrigued by the idea but have too little time to create an account. The fact is, most elementary school educators use social media for personal reasons—but they often have qualms about online social interactions at the office or in the classroom. Some worry about too much screen time in class. Then, there are privacy concerns to consider. Plus, some educators don’t feel that they know enough about social media to use it effectively. Regardless of how you feel about social media at school, you may benefit from learning how other educators use social networks. In this blog series, we’ll focus on the most popular social media platforms: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. To begin, we’ll learn how Instagram works and why some educators use it at school.
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