EdTech 543: Thoughts on Social Media!

I am very excited about this Social Networking course! I use social media frequently in my personal and professional life. I also teach about it! I am a high school Marketing teacher and we discuss different social media platforms and how companies utilize social media marketing. As technology and social media continue to evolve, it is interesting to me to see how it can have both positive and negative outcomes for companies that have a presence on social media, resulting in a good or bad brand image that can change at any second!

I have used Twitter and Facebook for awhile so I am very comfortable with both platforms. In module one, I learned about something new, TweetDeck, which I think will be quite helpful! I have never used Diigo before and am interested to see what it is all about. I am a quick learner and am ready for the adventure!

As far as professional development, I use social media to search topics that I need help with (classroom management, marketing curriculum ideas, etc.) and have participated in a few discussions such as #edtech chats. The last class that I took, EdTech: 537: Blogging in the Classroom, I used Twitter and Edublogs to communicate with classmates, share and read blog posts, and discover new users to follow that would benefit my curriculum area. I am looking forward to learning how I can utilize social media more professionally.

I use social media (Twitter specifically), frequently as a means of communication with my students. I have a teacher Twitter (@plsgilin) and another Twitter account for our school business club, DECA (@papiosouthdeca). In my advanced marketing course, we have used Facebook to create pages to market products/services, Twitter to create a specific campaign for a company, and LinkedIn to professionally share information. I am looking for ways to effectively use social media more in my regular marketing class for things such as discussions or other unique ideas!

I would like to learn more about how enhance my social media use both personally and professionally and how to incorporate social media more in the classroom. I am very excited form this course and am looking forward to learning about new social media platforms and skills!


4 thoughts on “EdTech 543: Thoughts on Social Media!

  1. Chris Denny says:

    Ally, you seem to have a good grasp on using Twitter in the classroom. I think the examples that you have mentioned are good methods for enabling the students to use social media in a classroom setting. You make a very good point about the positive and negative impact that social media marketing can have on a brand or an image – every day it seems that someone or some company is having to fix their image and their immediate responses seem to go toward social media.


  2. Patricia Smeyers says:

    Great post! I also use Twitter often for professional use but I tend to let it go on the back burner for a while, only to pick it up again full swing. I love using Tweetdeck. It helps keep all conversations organized. This is something I will continue to use. You helped inspire me to use Twitter next year with my students. I haven’t done that yet. It is a great way to keep parents informed on what is going on in the classroom. I look forward to working with you more this semester.


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