5 Ways to Use Social Media for your Bilingual Classroom
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1. Search on Pinterest
It is almost as if Pinterest has in a way replaced google images, if I need to find something, my first instinct is to go to Pinterest. If you are already on there, but don’t want to overload it with boards about education, remember you can make your boards secret (private).
If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, change the wording you use. For example, switch between English and Spanish, if I am looking for morning work, I could write any of the following
“Trabajo de la mañana”
“Morning work in Spanish”
“Daily work in Spanish”
“Trabajo diario para kínder”
2. Join Twitter Chats
A Twitter chat is a fast paced hour where teachers from around the world learn from each other. Usually, there is a moderator that will guide you through questions.
I recommend using Tweet Deck because it is very user friendly and you can keep track of the questions and answers to participate in the chats. Here are two examples of the chats I particularly like for teachers, but there are so many more out there…
3. Follow teachers on Periscope
Periscope is new to me, but I’m already following teachers that are sharing really useful tips, classroom ideas, technology tips and more. You get to see them live and interact by writing them a message. @Luckylittlelearners is a teacher I like to follow:
4. Find Organizations on Facebook
Many organizations create a Facebook page to stay connected with their members, you will be the first one to know about conferences, future events, new information, etc.
You can be part of various organizations that offer conferences throughout the year. I recommend finding groups on Facebook to learn about these conferences. Here is a small list of bilingual/dual language organizations:
5. Use Instagram
Teachers are also using Instagram to share organizational ideas, to show their classroom set-up, activities, videos, etc. Here are some hashtags to follow:
***Bonus*** Follow Teacher’s Blogs/Websites
There are many teachers sharing really good content on their own website/blogs, you can use the website bloglovin’ to follow the ones that you want. There is also an app for that! 🙂 I noticed that if I don’t follow the blogs I like, I quickly forget about visiting them again, even if I really loved the content.
There are also collaborative blogs, where many teachers share their ideas.
A group of bilingual/dual/Spanish immersion/ FLES teachers created a website where they share free activities every single day once school starts in August: