6 Ways to Use Social Media in the Art Classroom

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1. Blogs

Sites like blogger.com and wordpress.com make setting up a blog free and easy. Its a great way for students to create online portfolios of their work and document the creative process. Teachers can also use blogging sites to create free mini-websites for their classrooms to post assignments and encourage student interaction.

2. Flickr

Flickr is an online image gallery, where teachers can share images of their students work. You can adjust the privacy settings to keep your gallery private, public to some groups, or completely public. Visit Delphis Flickr site for inspiration.

Flickrs Creative Commons section is also an excellent resource for royalty-free images that you can use in PowerPoint presentations and projects.

3. YouTube

YouTube is a great resource for free videos on almost any topic. More than 200,000 videos are uploaded per day, and chances are, your favorite business probably has its own channel. The Delphi Glass channel has more than 130 instructional videos for learning new techniques in art glass.

YouTube for Schools provides schools access to hundreds of thousands of free educational videos from YouTube EDU. These videos come from well-known organizations like Stanford, PBS and TED.

4. Skype

Skype is a free way to speak, see and instant message other people around the world. Remember pen pals? Partner with a classroom in Japan, and let your students ask each other questions in a group video chat.

5. Pinterest

Pinterest is a content aggregator that allows users to sort information onto useful pinboards. Teachers can use Pinterest to curate content, organize ideas and collaborate with other teachers.

If your students are over 13 years old, allow them to create inspiration boards on Pinterest. An alternative to clipping magazines, Pinterest allows students to find, pin and rearrange online images easily. Check out Delphis Pinterest Inspiration boards.|

6. SurveyMonkey

SurveyMonkey allows users to create surveys with up to 10 questions for free. The question formats and layouts are highly customizable. After you enter your survey questions, SurveyMonkey provides a link to your survey, which you can post to a website or include in an email. This could be a great tool for surveying students on what theyve learned or what they would like to learn. You can log in to SurveyMonkey to see the results and download the survey data.

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Julie Bedford

Julie Bedford

Julie graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Communications. She worked as a marketing director and graphic designer before coming to work for Delphi as social media manager. Her mother is an artist and inspired Julie's love for art and creativity at a young age. Her hobbies include writing, crafting and social networking.