Social Media Resources for Teachers

Social Media Starter Kit for Teachers and Educators

Social Media Starter Kit: Guide for Teachers and Educators

You've heard it time and again: Today's children are born into a digital world. And, as educators, it is our responsibility to help shape our students' futures as responsible digital citizens.

Social media presents many new ways to enable learning. Yet, because social media is so new, many fear the unknown consequences of its use. It's no surprise that this topic presents one of the biggest challenge to today's educators.

Let's face facts: Most of us are ill-prepared for the rising tide of social media. This sentiment rings loudly especially in the classroom and school environments. Many educators lack adequate training on their own use of social media, let alone their students'.

We are here to help.

Social Media Starter Kit: An Educator's Starting Guide to Social Media

Our Social Media Starter Kit develops your foundational knowledge of social media in and out of the classroom. These guides are not meant just for helping your students — these guides lay a framework for your own social media identity as a teacher, educator, and citizen.

Who will benefit from the Social Media Starter Kit?

  • Teachers with limited understanding of social media (personal and professional uses)
  • Educational administrators creating or modifying their school's social media policies
  • Educators reluctant to embrace classroom technologies
  • Veteran teachers looking for simple ways to begin integrating technology and social media in the classroom
  • New teachers seeking advice on personal and professional social media boundaries

We always strive to update and improve our resources. Take some time to read through the guides, and let us know what you think! Send any feedback, comments, and questions to

General guidelines: do's and don'ts for educators

Teachers need to be savvy about developing a social media footprint.

With many things in life, we learn about what to do by learning what not to do. The use and misuse of social media present a wealth of shining examples of this belief.

This section is a great primer for teachers new to social media and educators reshaping their school's policies around social media. How do our general guidelines help?

  • Learn about the basics of social media usage
  • Discover ways to protect your personal and professional social brand
  • Find tips to help parents establish boundaries for your students outside of the classroom

Learn how to set up your social media strategy for success.

Social Media in Education: Benefits, Drawbacks and Things to Avoid
The increased connectedness of social media brings with it a list of potential dangers. As you build your social presence, think about your “brand” — both inside your classroom and out. Here are a number of points to consider, along with a quick list of do's and don’ts.

Managing your Digital Footprint: Social Media Guidelines for Teachers
What do Hansel and Gretel have in common with your social media account? Read about the connection, and learn why a well-planned social presence can do you wonders.

Helping Parents Set Strong Boundaries for Children’s Use of Social Media

True, kind, necessary — students who understand this golden rule of social media will save teachers and parents many a headache. Learn about this rule and five other ways teachers can help parents set boundaries for their children’s use of social media.

How Teachers Can Prevent Cyberbullying

Bullying, once limited to schoolyard hair-pulling and name-calling, has made its way online. As you introduce social media activities and lesson plans into the classroom, keep these tips in mind to prevent cyberbullying.

Read more articles from our blog if you're interested in additional perspectives on and measures to prevent cyberbullying.

Why Paying Outside Companies to Monitor Students' Social Media Behaviors Just Doesn't Work

Big Brother; the Law of Unintended Consequences; invasion of privacy — these are just a few warnings Superintendent Brian Gatens identifies against the private monitoring of students’ social media activities. What are some suitable alternatives? Read Gatens’ suggestions.

Classroom Technology 101

Digital Devices in Schools

Concerned with digital technology in your classroom? You're not alone. Countless arguments have been made on both sides of the debate. Ultimately, the decision to adopt classroom technologies depends on your school's specific circumstances.

Regardless of whether your classroom is ready now, we believe teachers must work toward embracing the digital native population. Here are some of our favorite articles that highlight why.

Check out our favorite classroom technology articles.

Pros and Cons of Allowing Digital Devices in the Classroom

Digital devices in the classroom are sometimes good... and sometimes bad. Here is a summary of the arguments made for and against allowing technology in your school.

What is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and Why Should Teachers Care?

What is BYOD? And why should you care? Hint: BYOD is not the name of a new boy band…! Learn about the advantages and pitfalls of these new policies, and whether your school and students can benefit.

Smartphones as Learning Tools: 4 Benefits of Using Cell Phones in School

Wrestling with the idea of allowing smartphones in schools? Here are four reasons to shift the focus from if smartphones should be used to how to best use them for learning.

Social Media in the Classroom

Social Media in the Classroom

If you haven't used social media in the classroom before, you've come to the right place. We know that adopting anything new is hard, and we want to make it easier for you to get started.

Every school has its own unique circumstances and resource limitations. We want to show you how other schools and teachers in similar situations take advantage of their social media options.

We handpicked the articles in this section to cover just some of the possibilities of how to leverage social media in your school and in your classroom.

Learn new ideas about using social media in your school.

How to Lead Active Classroom Discussions Using Social Media

Did you hear that? No? Neither did we. It’s common for teachers to encounter the sound of silence when opening the floor for a classroom discussion. Counter the silence and engage your students in lively conversations using three powerful, and free, social media platforms: Twitter, Storify, and Padlet.

4 Tips for Integrating Social Media into Your Classroom

We repeat: Social media is here to stay. Leverage its strengths to help you become a better teacher. Here are four quick tips to use social media to your students' advantage.

The Power of One: Using Social Media to Connect an 18-School District

How do you connect and collaborate with teachers, students, and parents from 18 different schools? Through social media, of course! Read about how Joe Mazza strengthens the bonds between various schools, unifying and empowering multiple communities as one.

How Concordia M.Ed. Students Use Social Networking in Their Own Classrooms

We're always proud to highlight our very own teacher-students. In this post, Concordia M.Ed. students share just some of the ways they leverage social media in the classroom.

Social Media Influencers

Social Influencers

Here is a quick list of influencers who offer compelling perspectives about social media and technology in the classroom.

You can rest assured that we will continue to grow this section with more candid interviews from top educational leaders.

See our favorite social media influencers.

5 People We Should All Be Following On Social Media

Do you remember when newspapers and major television stations were your only source of news? My, how things have changed! We can now follow notable educators and influencers on social media to gain plenty of new insights and knowledge. Here are five favorites.

Interview with Eric Sheninger: Using Social Media to Be a Better Educational Leader

How did Eric Sheninger turn from social media skeptic to Twitter powerhouse with 85,000+ followers? In this 2012 interview, Sheninger reveals his transformation and shares why he believes social media bridges the gap between the school world and the real world.

Teachers Can Use Social Media to Build Valuable Partnerships with Colleagues Near and Far

You are an influencer. Don't get caught up in the numbers game — you don't need 5,000 or even 500 followers to be considered an influencer. All you need is an open mind and an Internet connection. In this article, Superintendent Brian Gatens offers valuable advice on using social media to build a network of influencers to advance your career.


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