Welcome to a special edition of Tech Snacks! For today's snack, I will be sharing some social media tools you could use to showcase what your students, groups or school are doing. Some of the tools I will discuss, you may know about but some may be new to you. See the icons below:
Periscope: is a free app that lets you broadcast live video from your phone. The app is available for both android and apple devices. With periscope, you can broadcast an event and those who are in your friend/group feed will instantly have access to your video. They can also comment on your video in real time. You can also add periscope videos to youtube, twitter and facebook.
Canva: Canva is a Web 2.0 tool that allows the user to create infographics, presentations, invitations, letters and publications using a simple click and drag interface. It is available on any Internet enabled device and is also available as an Ipad app. On android devices you have to use it through the browser, not an app. This is an invaluable tool to help you create professional looking designs that can be shared through multiple social networking sites. To find out more about canva, check out my blog entry on it.
Social media tools provide great ways to communicate and share information. Teachers, however, have to be very careful how they personally and professionally use these tools. Teachers should always check with their school administrators about what their district's policy on social media use. Also, if you are going to use these tools with your students, you have to teach them how to conduct conversations online and the rules associated with digital citizenship.
For additional resources and ideas on using social media in the classroom, click here.
This has been a special edition of Tech Snacks. See you next time at the café.