How to start safely using social media in the classroom is a basic guide on key things to consider when using social media with students. The author, Jessica Sanders, has some good points. She states that before a teacher uses any new form of social media, he or she should learn it first. I agree with this as such learning allows a teacher to predict and develop plans to address issues before they arise. School policies can help, but planning for such contingencies is the best way to go. I like Jessica’s message that issues that can arise should not intimidate and prevent teachers from using social media with students. She suggests that learning can come from mistakes and this helps students develop digital literacy skills. Moreover, she suggests that focusing on safety (see image below) and including parents helps students learn appropriate behavior. Her final message is that teachers should simply try using social media to see how it engages students and encourages collaboration. I think this is a very positive and inspiring message.
I still do have some concerns with using social media. My major concern is liability. Something that starts in my class could very easily continue in the social media universe without me knowing about it. Can teachers be held liable for student postings that may in some way start in a classroom discussion? Is this a valid concern? If you were a teacher, what would your biggest concern about using social media with students be?
Note that all images on this post were originally posted by Jessica Sanders at: http://dailygenius.com/social-media-in-the-classroom/.