Project-based learning (PBL) involves letting students develop critical thinking skills. It uses complex questions or problems that take time to solve. Students can use various collaboration methods as well as other abilities. Today, however, many teachers have been giving their students another valuable resource. That resource is social media.
Social networks are a major part of most students’ lives. They have a great capacity as learning tools if used properly. When integrating social media with PBL, students become more engaged in solving problems. It makes perfect sense that PBL and social media be integrated together.
Here’s a close look at some fun social media PBL ideas for bringing into your classroom.
Find Each Other On Facebook
The first of our social media PBL ideas features everyone’s favourite, Facebook. All students should be instructed to find one another and connect on Facebook. Ask them to create a class group. This will simplify collaboration efforts for future projects.
They can now use their Facebook group page to create project outlines. All collaborations can take place on this page, including file sharing. The Facebook Help Center is a great place to start. Here is some detailed info on student group creation.
Get on LinkedIn
All students should be asked to create a LinkedIn account. Get them to connect with at least 5 to 10 professionals in a field related to a class topic. For example, a computer technology class would need to connect with IT professionals. You can then ask students to review their connections’ profiles regularly. They can use the content to get ideas for creating a first-class profile for themselves.
Write and Share Articles
One of the simplest and most effective social media PBL ideas is students using Twitter to link to interesting articles. Each student should be asked to create a Twitter account; most of them probably already have one. They can then find articles that relate to a project being completed. Students can connect with one another on Twitter and read each others’ articles.
As for writing, blogging is always a great project. Maintaining a blog is a multifaceted exercise for skill building. It’s networking, researching, writing, problem solving, critical thinking, and more. Students can share their own original work on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Develop a Poll
Find out how you can make your class better by taking a poll. Have the students both create and take part in the poll for exceptional results. Use this for practically anything you want group answers on in your class. Want to know where to take your next field trip, or which videos to use in your next flipped learning adventure? Let your students lend their voices and opinions.
Find Local Volunteer Projects
Finding volunteer projects is a great way to integrate social media PBL ideas into learning. Ask students to make a posting on social media asking local residents if they need their yards cleaned. Students can use the responses to vote on which yards deserve the most attention.
Here are some other ways students can use social media to help the community:
- Issue a school clean-up challenge and form groups to compete
- Align with other schools to pick up waste from public areas
- Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or pet shelter
- Organize fundraisers for struggling local businesses
- Create toy or clothing drives for holiday donations
- Organize a team to cook surprise meals at local fire halls or police stations
Many project-based learning lessons involve media production of all kinds. Students could conduct interviews on social media using video conferencing. They could then create an article and share it online either on Facebook or on a blog.