Social media skills have an increasingly useful presence in modern classrooms. Teachers and students alike use them to connect and to expand learning. Social media doesn’t have to be a distraction. It can be a powerful learning tool if used properly. This begins with our most powerful classroom tool. That, of course, is a knowledgeable teacher.

A teacher who knows about social media is a boon to the modern classroom. It’s about more than just “keeping up.” A firm grasp of social media can strengthen the teacher-student connection. It can bridge a generational gap that can make teaching a challenge. Bringing social media to the classroom can also increase accessibility for children from lower income families. Being connected at school, everyone has the same opportunities with the same tools.

Social media also has applications to personal and professional development. Teachers can use it to find learning and development opportunities of their own. Twitter and LinkedIn are perfect examples of this.

10 Important Social Media Skills for Teachers

The infographic below has 10 crucial social media competencies for teachers. It was created by Med Kharbach. It’s based on a post from Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk blog. Med shared this great infographic on Educator’s Technology.

He has covered some really essential skills here for your consideration. Chances are you’re practicing much of this already as a teacher. The advice herein focuses on many of the values of Global Digital Citizenship. It also covers other important social media teacher topics. These include:

  • managing a PLN
  • staying informed about digital trends
  • communication in and out of the classroom

In addition to this infographic, here are some other resources you may find useful.

If you want even more ideas for expanding your know-how, we can help. The GDCF’s free Twitter-Tastic Teacher’s Guide is full of ideas. Use Twitter in engaging lessons, expand your PLN, and much more. Download it for free and enjoy.

Here is Med’s terrific infographic. Happy social media learning!

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