Teaching with Social Media in the Higher Education Classroom


1) Make the text come alive by having students create a Facebook page, Twitter feed, or text conversation representing their understanding of a particular theorist and his/her contemporaries or perhaps a character from literature. Other tools: Farcebook , Fakebook

2) Have students use a specific hashtag on Twitter or post to a Facebook group page what they do on a regular basis to help recruit students to your major. Ex: University of Chicago Law School

3) Create a custom Facebook app Fakebook

4) Conduct research on social media as a topic in your discipline

5) Share screen clips for any site with Curate.Us.

6) Collaboratively write and publish a class book using Lulu or Simple Booklet.

7) Create your own private social network using Plurk, Wiggio, Phile, Posterous,


1) Connect with a similar class at another university or in another discipline using a common hashtag on Twitter or creating a common list of resources on Diigo. Ex: Video Games and Simulations in the Classroom in Education and Video Game Development in Computer Science

2) Bring a guest speaker into your classroom using Skype, WatchItToo, Yugma (screen sharing that interfaces with Skype), or ooVoo.

3) Host virtual office hours with video on Skype, WatchItToo, Yugma (screen sharing that interfaces with Skype), or ooVoo or using Facebook chat or a Twitter hashtag for your class (Ex: #edtc5103)

4) Practice a language on Skype or Twitter.

5) Share your professional learning while at a conference by tweeting what you're learning and have them track that particular hashtag using HashTags or Hashtagify.me or hashMASH

6) Use Plinky prompts or create your own directly related to your course content.

7) Use a backchannel during your lecture to enhance student engagement with TodaysMeet; Backchannel.us;

Present Your Professional Self

1) Help students understand that their use of social media creates a personal brand. Does their brand represent them well?

2) Enhance the job search using social media tools: How to Find a Job on Twitter; Twitter Jobcast; TweetMyJobs; ResumeBear;


1) Students can create a working group or join an existing group on a specific topic using Tweetizen

2) Use ouTWIT.me games or create your own related to your course content.

3) Students can use NoteMesh, a wiki, to collect, organize, and collaboratively take notes in class.

4) Use Scribblar for collaborative group projects.


1) Have students post questions prior to class using a particular hashtag on Twitter (I would probably give points for posting a question and for the best answer).

2) Take attendance by having students post a question to Backchannel during class or answer a question on PollEverywhere

3) Use LiveBinders to collect notes and resources as a class or in small groups.

4) Have students keep organized notes using EverNote or Notely.

5) Collect a series of tweets using Quote URL

6) Create and share infographics and data visualizations with Visual.ly.

7) Have your class collaboratively collect and annotate additional course resources using Diigo, Brainify

8) Curate information from social media sources in an online magazine format with Scoop.it

9) Use Wikispaces for multiple people to edit a website.

1) Use a Twitter Reader like Twazzup or Twitterfall to search for most popular and current posts from all users.

2) Set up a dashboard like Tweetdeck or HootSuite or NetVibes to access all of your social media feeds in one place.

3) Monitor a specific term or topic being discussed across social media using Addict-o-matic

4) Follow professionals, mentors, and/or scholars in the field. Find who to follow using Twello, WeFollow, or Resonancers

5) Follow your occupation or target company by searching for those terms on Addict-o-matic.

Join & Learn

Facebook: AllFacebook
Twitter: Essential Twitter Dictionary; Twitter Basics; Twitter Applications List; How to set up a Class Twitter account; Twitter Tips;
Backchannel: 9 Uses for Backchannel in Education; How to Present with Twitter and other Backchannels
Social Networking 101 course from PC Magazine