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Social Media Tips for Educators: Developing Innovative Engagement in Your Community

From Home Room, the official blog of the US Department of Education, comes a post on social media tips for educators.  Dorothy Amatucci, a digital engagement strategist at the U.S. Department of Education, writes that Home Room is developing four tip sheets on topics that include comprehensive information on digital engagement tools and practices that are useful for education.  The first tip sheet, released last week, focuses on innovative engagement.

"Thinking about new ways to present information to constituents is never easy, but it can be especially challenging for educators and administrators who are juggling the challenges of teaching, too. This first tip sheet showcases ways in which states are engaging with audiences in new and innovative ways, including using state chiefs to lead department social media efforts and using new and different social media platforms to reach key audiences including teachers."

This first tip sheet looks at ways state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) are using tools like Twitter, Pinterest, and blogs to share information with teachers and students.  While aimed more at P-12, there are some interesting ideas that could be used in adult education including Ed Chats on Twitter and using Pinterest boards for lesson ideas.

Please share any experiences you've had using social media for education.