At our opening workshop in August I really struggled with the idea that social media is not a part of an educational experience. Today I found an article that shares 7 fantastic free social media tools for teachers. At the end of the article are related links that make a case for social media.
I'm curious: what do you use for social media? Do you have connections with students?
Personally the most "student connected" social media I use is Flickr. There is a reason I keep a clean Flickr. I keep all of my social networks clean but I am especially careful with this website, and when my students use Flickr, I have always modeled responsible networking. I used to allow students to friend me on Google and use Google chat to talk to me, but that was before schools hosted educational networks like email. I require my students to use email, and they receive grades for responding to short, simple e-mails in Spanish. Talk about modeling...letter writing at its finest.
So...talk to me....do you use social media with students? Is it educational?