Social Media in Teaching

Inspire a conversation, engage learners in a digital space

What is Social Media? Why would I use it?

Social Media tools are tools that allow for social interaction and easy creation of content by users. Examples of popular Social Media tools are Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, Wordpress and Pinterest.

Social Media can be an effective tool for teaching and learning in higher education. It can help connect students to information and help them generate a dialogue with their teacher and other students about a course. It can also help students and faculty build professional networks that connect them to communities beyond the U of S.

How could I use Social Media in teaching?

Social Media Panel during Technology Week


The following tools are currently used at the U of S and elsewhere: 

  • USask Wordpress: Blogs for students and staff.
  • Twitter: Share resources, connect with others, elicit feedback from students, all in 140 characters or less
  • Diigo: Your bookmarks go where you go (access them from any computer or mobile device) and you can share them with students, colleagues and others.
  • Feedly: Subscribe to Websites, Twitter feeds and podcasts much like you subscribe to magazines.
  • Google Docs / Drive: Collaborate on documents with colleagues and students and your documents are accessible from anywhere.
  • Piazza: Students ask question and other students or the instructor can provide answers and resources.


The following resources are intended to help you learn more about technology and the use of social media in the classroom:

Examples at the U of S

The social media tools listed above are in use at the U of S in the following ways:

Learning Technologies

Get support and advice for various learning technologies at the U of S.

Learning Technologies

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