Tool
Description
Usefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use Rating
TwitterTwitter
Twitter is a microblogging site and one of the most powerful social media tools for connecting to other educators. Posts must be 140 characters. Topics are organized by hashtags. There are hundreds of hashtags specific to education.
5
Medium
GooglePlusGoogle+
Google+ is Google's social media hub. Post text, photos, and video to share with people in "circles." Google+ also includes Google Hangouts - a video conferencing and instant messaging platform.
4
Hard
tagboardTagboard
Tagboard pulls together messages and media from multiple social media sites that are labeled with the same hashtag. A board is created with all of the media related to that hashtag in one place.
3
Easy
LinkedInLinkedIn
LinkedIn is considered the "professional" social network. It is great for connecting with people professionally. Teachers can post information as well as message others. There are also many professional groups on LinkedIn.
3
Medium
FacebookFacebook
Facebook is known as the social media network for connecting with friends and family. However, it can also be used professionally. Connect with others by "friending" them or "liking" the pages associated with professional organizations.
4
Medium
PinterestPinterest
Pinterest is a visual collection of online resources from across the web that can be shared professionall and personally. By following other boards and sharing boards, it is possible to collaborate and develop a personal learning network.
4
Medium
InstagramInstagram
Instagram is a fast way to share images and video both within the Instagram network and across other social media sites. Follow individuals to see what they post and engage in conversations around images through comments.
4
Medium