Social media resources

Pinterest

What is it?

It’s a tool where you “pin” different links, content and images to your own individually created “boards”. It’s essentially a favouriting or bookmarking system, but it looks really pretty and is a dream to use!

Why use it?

Besides its good looks and usability, the main reason it’s great is due to the thriving community of people sharing teaching ideas, resources and tips. If your TES resource has a good preview image, it’ll be perfect as a pin – and the way Pinterest works means that users can save things to come back to later, e.g. downloading your amazing resource!

Need to know

If your resource doesn’t look good, it probably won’t lend itself to being pinned. Try to make sure you have an eye-catching preview or title page that represents the quality and value of your resource.

Twitter

What is it?

A social networking platform that allows posts (or “tweets”) of up to 140 characters to your “followers” via your personal profile.

Why use it?

Short and sweet, it’s easy to tweet about resources by simply sharing the link with a catchy headline or title to describe it. There’s also a vibrant teaching community on Twitter, and if something you share is retweeted by others, it can get more exposure and reach more people.

Need to know

Blink and you’ll miss it. Due to the instant nature of tweets, your resource could be missed if someone isn’t checking their Twitter feed at the right time. Try to strike the balance with frequency and number of tweets to ensure you’re not spamming people, but that your resources still surface regularly.

Facebook

What is it?

A social networking site where you create a profile and make “friends”, who can see your updates and posts.

Why use it?

Facebook can be a bit of a guilty pleasure, but it’s also a good place for conversations and knowledge-sharing with colleagues and like-minded people. There’s a lot of interesting pages and groups you can join that focus on education and pedagogy. With the opportunity for more text than Pinterest or Twitter, its ideal if you want to write about a great lesson you had, with a link to the resource you used.

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