I don't use Social Media with students. I recognize the value, but would rather not use Facebook, Twitter and the like. I would like to have an educational network with the class or the school, but do not want to use public outlets for this "social" educational network.
I haven't used Facebook, Myspace or Twitter in my classroom but I am using a site called Edmodo. This offers secure, social networking for students and teachers. It has a chat feature, a profile for each student, discussions, gradebook and now a quiz area.
I am posting a video that I hope will help explain Edmodo and get others interested in using this free online resource.
I just read an article in Education Week, Teachers Use Social Media to Enhance Instruction, that describes some ways educators are successfully working social media into their instruction. Some of the ideas include having the kids teach you how to set up a Facebook group, requiring students to request to join, inviting parents to class groups, and using Google chat in class. The teachers that were interviewed had some interesting and positive comments. Enjoy!