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Using Social Media in the Classroom

Using Social Media in the Classroom
A Best Practice Guide

Second Edition
  • Megan Poore - Australian National University, Australia

November 2015 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

 ‘A book for every teacher’s bookshelf. This book gives a comprehensive overview of the tools and apps that can be used to help turn a mediocre teaching session into an outstanding one.’ - Cheryl Hine, Leeds City College

Megan Poore’s updated text is needed more than ever, as social media becomes increasingly integrated in many aspects of education. I would recommend it to all practising teachers and trainee teachers, whatever their subject.’ - Sue Howarth, University of Worcester

This is an essential guide to using social media to enhance teaching and learning in schools. It combines practical information on using all forms of social media for educational purposes and provides indispensable advice on how to tackle issues arising from social media use in the classroom.

Key topics include: using blogs, wikis, social media networks and podcasting, digital literacy and new modes of learning, digital participation, cyberbullying and understanding risk online.

This second edition includes:

·         Reflective tasks in each chapter inviting you to critically consider important aspects of using social media in education.

·         Expanded coverage of game-based learning and mobile learning.

·         New examples tailored for use in primary and secondary schools.

·         A website including additional resources and handouts can be found at

This is essential reading for anyone training to teach in schools, and experienced teachers seeking to improve their understanding of using social media for teaching in informed and appropriate ways.

Part 1 Getting Started: The Essentials
Social media and education
Sound educational design using social media
Common aspects of social media functions and practice
Part 2 Social Contexts
‘Digital natives’, new learning, and digital literacy
The digital divide and digital participation
Understanding risk online
Practical and in-class considerations
Part 3 The ‘Big Four’
Social networks
Podcasting, music, and audio
Part 4 Enriching Your Practice
Visual media
Instant messaging, Chat, Skype, and Twitter
Bookmarking, Pintrest, mindmapping, and polls
Educational games
Mobile learning
Productivity tools

Very current and applicable guide.

Mrs Rhiannon Love
Teacher Development, University of Winchester
March 21, 2016

This books supports the ever-growing impact social media has in the classroom. The author guides you through the knowledge, implementation and application of social media to enhance classroom practice, with self-reflection at the heart of decision-making and considerations of the content. The growth in online learning platforms and the boom in social networks, blogs and wikis, creates a pedagogical pressure for HE institutions to respond to these new technologies and social media to become part of our teaching and learning toolbox. This book is a useful read for anyone working in HE and seeking to adopt social media in their practice and is essential reading for all teacher trainees regardless of their subject specialism.

Mr Manish Kothari
School of Edu. Theology and Leadership, St Mary's University, Twickenham
March 1, 2016

This is an excellent guide for teachers and trainee teachers who wish to integrate all forms of social media into the classroom and for those who need to improve their own understanding of using social media for enhancing learning. There are supportive tips throughout and a range of topics including online risks and ways of using social media in practice.

Mrs Jayne Elizabeth Double
ECLIPS, Suffolk New College
February 12, 2016

Full of lots of good ideas that can easily be implemented into school practice.

Mrs Susan Tarrant
College of Education, University of Derby
February 10, 2016

Trainees are adopting a range of social media to promote teaching, learning and assessment and this accessible book will support that development and enable them to reflect on pedagogical practices and social media. We are buying a few copies for our Library too.

Melanie Lanser
Teacher Education, Derby College
February 2, 2016

A good research tool to support growing student knowledge and development.

Mrs Jacqueline Ann Taylor
Department of Early Years, Newman University
January 29, 2016

This book provides an excellent overview of how Social Media can be used to advance the learning of students. It has good ideas to prompt thinking and practice.

Mrs denise Burke Mac Giolla Ri
Humanities , AIT Athlone Institute of Technology
January 21, 2016

This is an excellent book to share with the students who are working within the classroom using social media sites with their pupils making them very aware of the considerations of using media within the school environment.

Mrs Carol M darwin
Higher education , Ashton Sixth Form College
January 20, 2016

Was not helpful in convincing this group of students to adopt this trend

Dr Mohab Abou-Elkawam
Lairdside Maritime Centre, Liverpool John Moores University
January 20, 2016

Not quite the fit I hoped to have. Biggest problem is the lack of examples for connections in education.

Dr John Carleton Krug
Teacher Education Dept, Johnson Bible College
December 22, 2015

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