Focusing on the positive impact of social media in the classroom, teach students to use social media the right way by demonstrating why it’s important to be proficient in digital communications skills such as texting, tweeting, and Instagramming.
Use social media to foster collaborative community learning environments. Get creative and involve students in how collaborative learning environments might be achieved. Encourage students to create authentic, creative work through blogs, YouTube, or podcasts. Balance the use of technology with other important communication skills such as writing, speaking, and listening.
Administrators can be instrumental in making sure equipment and internet access are available for all students. They can designate professional development be used for training teachers in strategies to support purposeful use of social media that meet district policy and provide clear learning outcomes. They can be role models for teachers and students by using social media in a way that promotes constructive, positive messages about school, students and families.