Topics covered in this chapter include

  • Designing the task
  • Defining your broader purposes
  • Choosing the right social media tools for teaching and learning
  • Planning
  • Scaffolding
  • Rubrics (success criteria)
  • Service considerations
  • Choosing a service
  • Doing a test run
  • Public or private work?
  • Administrative access

For more detail, read Chapter 2 of Using Social Media in the Classroom. A best practice guide.

Planning materials

Checklist for choosing a service
Baseline checklist for helping you choose whether or not a social media service is appropriate for use in your classroom.

Planning your teaching and learning episode
Planning form for designing a teaching and learning episode or task using social media.* Purpose of the episode
  • Outcomes
  • Curriculum
  • Materials needed
  • Topic coverage
  • Assessment
  • Choosing the right tool or service
  • Student issues
  • Teacher issues

Essential information for parents and students

This could be the most important handout you ever send home to parents because it explains what it means when students sign up for a social media service for class and should be part of your risk management strategy. Presented in Word format so that you can edit and customise it to suit your specific classroom context.
  • Signup information (agreements made with the service provider under the Terms of Service)
  • Notes on posting offensive material
  • Information you provide to a service provider (visibility of personal details, details of others)
  • Copyright, intellectual property and privacy (how this is dealt with by the service)
  • Cookies, monitoring, and emails (how to turn them off)
  • Responsibility for school work
  • Teacher's notes

Learning outcomes/success criteria

Assessment rubrics

Further reading