What can social media do for you in your classroom? A lot, actually.

The use of social media in formal learning environments is an exciting possibility for a variety of reasons, including authenticity of learning materials, widespread availability, low cost (assuming technology to access it is in place), and other potential, including higher-level thinking possibilities, many of which we outlined in our twitter spectrum.

The following visual takes a look at facebook, twitter, wordpress, pinterest, and YouTube (a topic we also covered recently).

From searching for relevant images on pinterest,

Also interesting is the way this visual frames the use of social media in terms of three distinct functions–connect, curate, and notify–actions the learners would parallel in their own use in a classroom.

Comments or suggestions below? How do you use social media in your classroom?

Or do you?

A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media