Using social media to engage students

Information technology has become so closely woven into our everyday tasks that we can’t even imagine our life without it. We get directions from GPS, collaborate with colleagues on cloud, read books on e-readers and connect with friends on social media and much more. Not just this, technology is also driving the way educators teach and students learn.
A walkthrough of these three social media tools will help you understand this fact. So, let’s get started.


Twitter don’t just help parents stay up-to-date with what’s going on in the classroom, it also offers the students an outlet for creative writing. No matter you are an old student or new, you can always start with this popular online network.


As with Twitter, Facebook provides students with a wide audience. Also, it’s timeline feature provides classrooms with a kind of visual timeline of their work around the year. It also gives parents or guardians an opportunity to comment on their ward’s work and get more involved in their education. Some teachers also use Facebook to showcase works of classic literature into context which gives students a chance to post and comment as characters from a novel. Sounds interesting, right?


Bulletin boards have always been associated with schools and classrooms for the purpose of posting news as well as showcasing student’s work and more. These days, classrooms are using a popular online bulletin board, Pinterest, for the same. Pinterest allows one to create boards for different subjects, different classes or different units and let teachers find a range of ideas from their peers connected on the network.

The possibilities are endless and social media provides them all. It’s just the orientation of learning and teaching is what’s required to be changed. As soon as the world realizes the potential of social media platforms, the knowledge will start swirling.