Leveraging Social Media as Educators [Part 2]

Leveraging Social Media as Educators [Part 2]


A common narrative around social media in classrooms is ‘how can we get the kids off their phones and off social media during class?’ Today, I speak with two educators that are weaving social media directly into their classroom curriculum instead.

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Michael Hernandez & Don Wettrick are two educators that are actually assigning students social media homework; tweet at least three times a week, connect with an influencer on LinkedIn, discuss how the new Instagram updates will change your content strategy.

They’re not utilizing social media for it’s own sake, but to leverage the greater work of students telling stories and directing their own learning.

  • how Michael defines digital storytelling
  • opportunities students get to share stories of people who live very differently from them
  • how one student learned more about Cuba from a frustrated comment that someone from Cuba left on the Cuba documentary she created and posted to YouTube
  • how one student used Twitter to become an influential voice in her city
  • how Don has students find mentors on LinkedIn
  • one of Don’s students who has taken to documenting his business journey on LinkedIn
  • the reality of social media addiction
  • how language learning educators are utilizing Instagram in homework assignments
  • how educators can begin to start using social media in their curriculum

This is part 2 of a 2-part series. Listen to Part 1 with YouTuber/Instagrammer teacher CJ Reynolds – Leveraging Social Media As Educators [Part 1]




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By Thom H Gibson

I help middle school STEM teachers create meaningful & memorable experiences for their students. Teacher, podcaster, YouTuber. Two-time teacher of the year

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