What is it about the social media landscape that grabs everyone’s attention? It’s about connection, communication, collaboration, and more. The social media tools that classrooms have been using like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are the obvious mainstays. But what about the new kids in the neighborhood? When do they get their day? Thanks to this Buffer article by Alfred Lua entitled The 20 Best New Social Media Tools to Try in 2017 (And How to Use Them), that day is today.
Here is a list of over 20 new social media tools to explore. The full article on Buffer features detailed descriptions of how each one works. As you explore the links, give some serious thought to how some of these tools can be used in educational settings.
For example, take Quuu, a content curation tool that has over 300 topics in its database. Data is curated by the entire community, not just yourself. It’s perfect for collaborative research and blog curation.
If students are looking to get creative with media projects, Adobe Spark is a great choice. They can create social graphics, web stories, and animated videos in a jiffy.
Try Rocketium for creating animated presentations from text and media. On their website, they claim creating videos with them is “so easy even a 6-year-old could do it.” They’re right, it’s that easy.
Or what about finding free images for class projects? Pixabay 2.0 has over 850,000 of them ready for viewing and downloading. Their content is free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. Learn more about their licensing options. (Free or not, don’t forget to practice good global digital citizenship!)
20 New Social Media Tools to Explore
So those are some suggestions of what to look for, but you be the judge. Alfred’s list is right here, so dive on in.
- Panda 5
- Adobe Spark
- Pixabay 2.0
- Calendar X
- Ghost Browser
- Engage by Twitter
- Bonus: Respond 2.0