Some social media platforms provide good places to create a collaborative space for your students. This collaborative space can be used for a wide variety of reasons most important of which are: connecting with students outside the school, connecting with parents, posting assignments and homework, and sharing important dates and classroom projects to mention a few. The good thing about these platforms is that they are free and do not require any advanced tech wizardry to run them.
So if you are planning to create a collaborative space for your students , here are some platforms to consider.
1- Create a Facebook page for your class
Since almost everybody today is on Facebook why not capitalize on this and create a classroom community for your class where they can share learning resources and keep updated about important notices from class. This can be done in few easy steps, here is a great visual guide to walk you through the process of setting up a Facebook Page for your class.
2- Google Plus Community for your class
Google Plus has also another important feature called " communities". As a teacher, you can use this feature to create a community for your class and invite your students to join it. Once they become members, they can post links, resources, share documents, comment on each others contributions and many more. Here is a good visual guide to help you create a Google Plus community for your class, check it out HERE.
3- Create a blog/ website/ wiki for your classroom
Another good way to provide your students with a virtual space to collaborate and expand their learning is by setting up a classroom blog or website. There are several educational pluses for giving your students a chance to blog; it can help them establish their own voice, hone their writing skills, and improve their digital literacy skills. Shy students and those who require much time to pull together their thoughts will find in such a space a good opportunity to participate and contribute in classroom discussion.
- Here is a great visual guide to help you set up your classroom blog on Blogger. If you want to host your class blog on another blogging platform other than blogger, here are some good options to choose from.
- Here are some very good platforms to consider when creating a website for your class
- Here is an interesting guide on how to use Wikis with your students