As the social media manager for VISTA, I spend a lot of time scouring the internet for resources for science educators. There is a lot out there! In this blog post, I’m going to give a quick run-down on the advantages of three big players in the social media realm: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Future blogs in this series will provide a more in-depth look at each.
Facebook is the behemoth of social media. You probably have an account. If so, that’s great. Now, have you ever considered using it as a teaching resource? There are a lot of Facebook pages dedicated to educators.
Just imagine the advantages of having the latest science news or tips and tricks related to classroom management delivered right to you. Pages such as the ones for Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching Achievement, the National Science Teachers Foundation and the National Education Association post valuable content for educators every day.
Twitter is quickly becoming an invaluable resource for educators. It offers quick and easy research on any topic an educator might be interested in and Twitter usually is first on the scene for news. For teachers who learn how to use a hashtag (#)(blog post on this upcoming), Twitter offers an easy way to be part of a community and to collaborate with like-minded educators. Follow us @VISTAscience and get great tweets on STEM, science and education!
Pinterest is a newcomer to the scene, but it can be a fun and valuable tool for teachers. Pinterest is basically the modern equivalent to a scrapbook. What makes it such a potent tool for science teachers is that it is picture based, so you can enjoy browsing things that other teachers found visually interesting.
I’ve tantalized you with all the cool social options, haven’t I? But how do you actually start using these great tools? Stay tuned to this blog! Future blogs will investigate how to get started on these and other educator resources!
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