Social Media as an Assessment Tool Created by Katin Angelo and Kristopher Barnes


Assessment is an integral part of effective teaching. It provides feedback to students as well as shows them the growth they are making as students. It provides teachers with feedback as to how well their students are understanding the material. Assessment also gives teachers a way to direct their students in their learning.

Social Media has become a prominent part of our everyday lives. The world is connected more than ever because of site like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Many students and teachers use one or more of these social media platforms everyday. Social Media is also very cheap (if not free) and is easily accessible.

The use of Social Media as an assessment tool is a great way for students and teachers to be more connected. It gives teachers the ability to give students feedback instantly. It also gives students the ability to be very up to date on how they are progressing through their education.

Listed below are ways of how teachers can use Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) as an assessment in their classrooms.

Facebook:

Facebook is a great tool for summative and formative assessment. Facebook can be utilize for summative assessment through the use of creating a Facebook Page. Students can create their own Facebook Page to create a portfolio that tracks their learning throughout an unit or over the course of the year. Teachers can offer feedback on these Facebook Pages by simply commenting on the posts that are made on the page.


Facebook Pages can also be used for formative assessment in the classroom. A teacher can create their own class page and post bell ringers (pre-assessment) and exit slips (post-assessment) for each class period. The teacher can not only see responses in real-time and give feedback in the classroom, but they can also post responses back to the students after class is over.


Students also benefit greatly from the use of Facebook as an assessment tool. Besides the above mentioned use of Facebook as a tool for summative assessment, it can also be used as a tool for self-assessment. Students can upload work to their own Facebook Pages and reflect on the growth they are making. They can also look back at projects they have done and use them in the future. Students can also get direct feedback from their teacher. Students are notified whenever a teacher comments on their personal student Facebook Page as well as on the class Facebook Page. Students can also see other students responses as well as the teacher’s responses.

 

Here is an in-depth tutorial on how to use Facebook:

The Beginners Guide To Facebook

 

This is a YouTube video on how to use Facebook and understand the basic functions of it.


Examples of teachers using Facebook in the classroom:

Using Facebook to Teach

This is a video of how a Social Studies teacher uses Facebook to help students learn about historic figures.

 

Facebook for Your Classroom in 7 minutes

This is a video of how to set up a class Facebook page how to use if for your classroom.

 

Teach & Share: Teaching with Facebook

This is a video of teachers discussing how they use Facebook in their own classrooms.

 

Additional resources for using Facebook for academic purposes:

10 Ways to use Facebook in the Classroom

This site lists ways teachers can use Facebook to enhance learning in the classroom by using Facebook to document field trips or use Facebook Live to have study sessions after school.

 

99 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom

This site lists ways teacher can use Facebook to enhance learning in the classroom by using Facebook to follow current events and attend virtual speeches to help student to be more informed.

 

50 Reasons to Invite Facebook Into Your Classroom

 This site lists ways teachers can use Facebook to enhance learning in the classroom by using Facebook to create group pages which allow students to collaborate more effectively

 

 

Twitter:

 

Twitter is very valuable formative assessment tool. It allows for teachers to give feedback instantly. It is also very easy to Learn how to use Twitter. Twitter also limits responses to 240 characters so students and teachers alike have to make their responses very meaningful. Twitter also utilizes Hashtags to keep everyone more connected.

 

To use Twitter for formative assessment, a teacher needs to simply tweet out a bell ringer (pre-assessment) or exit slip (post-assessment). Students can respond instantly to the tweet and teacher will be notified when they do so. Teachers when then be able to provide feedback on the students’ answers. Students will also be able to see the responses from their teacher as well as their fellow students.

 

Students can also use Twitter as a way to track their growth through the taking of pictures of projects and uploading links to projects (summative assessment). Student can also utilize hashtags to see how their responses to their teacher tweets have developed over the course of an unit (self-assessment).

 

New to Twitter? It’s Easy! Here is a link to help you along the way:

Twitter Tutorial For Beginners

 

This is a YouTube video on how to use Twitter and understand its basic functions.

Examples of teachers using Twitter in the classroom:

Twitter in the Classroom

This is a video that explains how Twitter can enhance learning in the classroom by creating oppurtunities for more collaboration among students.

Why Use Twitter in the Classroom

This is a video that explains five benefits a teacher can gain from using Twitter.

Using Twitter Effectively in Education - with Alec Couros

 

This is a video that explains how Twitter can promote Professional Development for teachers.

 

Additional Resources for using Twitter in the Classroom:

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

This site lists ways that Twitter can help teachers to organize their classroom through tweeting about upcoming due dates or assignemnts.

 

15 Ways To Use Twitter In Education (For Students And Teachers Alike)

This site lists ways that Twitter can be used to help teachers grow as professionals and also help students to collaborate with each other more efficently.

 

How to Use Twitter for Teaching and Learning

The site lists ways for teachers to effectively navigate Twitter and use it to its fullest potential in the classroom.

 

Instagram:

Instagram is a great resource for summative assessment as well as self-assessment. Instagram is a social media platform that focuses mainly on the sharing of pictures and videos. It is also very easy To Learn How To Use Instagram. Teachers can post pictures with a caption and use these posts for bell ringers (pre-assessment) and exit slips (post assessment). Students can then comment on the post to answer either question. Teachers can respond to student responses quickly and easily. Students can also see the teacher’s response to their answer and their peers’ answers.

Students can take pictures or videos of projects and upload them to Instagram. This way students can see the progress they are making on a project and make changes in the future (self- assessment). They can also upload pictures of assignments or other projects and create a visual portfolio for summative assessment.

Teachers can then look at the posts they are making and provide feedback (formative assessment)  to students on their progress. Teachers can also share these Instagram posts with future classes as an example of how to complete a certain assignment or project. Since Instagram posts stay active for a very long time, students can also go back and look at past work and use it to help them on current projects.

How to win at Instagram:

Instagram Tutorial for Beginners

This is a YouTube video for how to use Instagram and understand its basic functions

Examples of teachers using Instagram in the classroom:

How to use Instagram in the Classroom

This is a video that shows teachers how to use Instagram in the four major content areas (Math, Science, Social Studies, Langauge Arts.)

Instagram in the Classroom

This is a video that shows a teacher and her students using Instagram in her classroom in real time.

 

Using Instagram in the Classroom

This is a video that explains how social media (Instagram in paticular) can be used to build a community in the classroom to enhance learning.

 Additional resources for using Instagram in the classroom:

10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom

This site lists ways Instagram can be used in the classroom by showcasing students' achievements in and outside of the classroom.

8 Ways to Integrate Instagram into the Classroom

This site lists ways Instagram can be used in the classroom by giving pop quizzes that visual based and also to promote school pride.

 

Using Instagram as a Classroom Tool

 This site explains how Instagram can be used in the classroom by reviewing content and also sending out notifactions to students to remind them of upcoming due dates.

 

Additional Resources:

 

 

 

 

Tedx Talks:

Incorporating & accounting for Social Media in Education | Harry Dyer | TEDx NorwichED

 

This is a video for teachers on how to incoporate social media into their classrooms effectively.

Incorporating social media in the classroom: William J Ward at TEDx Kalamazoo

 This is a video that talks about how social media can enrich learning and help teachers to be more effective in the classroom.

Scholarly Articles on the Use of Social Media in the Classroom:

Using Twitter as a Diagnostic Teaching and Learning Assessment Tool

Karaoğlan, Bahar, et al. “Using Twitter as a Diagnostic Teaching and Learning Assessment Tool.” Using Twitter as a Diagnostic Teaching and Learning Assessment Tool - IEEE Conference Publication, 2014

Facebook: Learning Tool or Distraction?

Fewkes, Aaron M, and Mike McCabe. Facebook: Learning Tool or Distraction? Journal of Digital Learning In Teacher Education, 2012

 

The Relationship Between Elementary School Teachers' Technology Readiness and Intention To Use Social Media Platforms For Classroom Management

Shu-Fen, Lin, et al. "The Relationship between Elementary School Teachers' Technology Readiness and Intention to Use Social Media Platforms for Classroom Management." International Journal of Organizational Innovation, vol. 8, no. 1, July 2015, pp. 48-63. EBSCOhost

 

Twitter in the Higher Education Classroom: A Student and Faculty Assessment of Use and Perception

Jacquemin, Stephen J.1, stephen.jacquemin@wright.edu, et al. "Twitter in the Higher Education Classroom: A Student and Faculty Assessment of Use and Perception." Journal of College Science Teaching, vol. 43, no. 6, Jul/Aug 2014, pp. 22-27. EBSCOhost