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A Printable Guide to Social Media [#Infographic]

A Printable Guide to Social Media [#Infographic]
Cram a dozen educators into a conference room and ask them to name the most popular social media tools used by students, and it’s a safe bet everybody at the table could rattle off the top two: Facebook and Twitter. But those are far from the only online applications making inroads in schools. As administrators warm to engaging students through social media, the list of potential resources at their disposal grows longer by the day. Facebook and Twitter are the obvious choices. But there are other options — Tumblr, the online blog tool, for instance; YouTube, which doesn’t always get the social credit it deserves; and Google+, the less popular but still-growing social network launched by the search engine giant as an alternative to Facebook, to name three. Of course, if naming the latest social media tools seems tough, learning how to use them all is harder still. Is there a social media application not listed here that you’d like to learn more about?

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