When we hear about social networks, the first reaction is to think of Facebook or Twitter. But they are not the only ones, as there are some that are specifically aimed at the educational field and others that, although ‘generic’, offer possibilities in education. Thus, teachers, students and families are in permanent contact thanks to educational social networks.

Educational social networks

Below is a list of the most prominent educational social networks. And you, which one do you use?

Leoteca

Its creators define this social network as “a children’s community where reading becomes a much more attractive activity” since, in addition to reading, students have the opportunity to share experiences with classmates, teachers and friends. Why not make a suggestion, make a comment or vote for a book that they liked very much? These are other possibilities of this space. The role of adults is important because without their consent children cannot be part of it. In the case of the teachers, it can be used to follow up on the reading activity of the students.

Interuniversidades

It is a social network and career search engine for students from all over the world in which members share experiences and can discover skills they may not have thought they had by taking vocational tests. They also offer an orientation test for those students who do not know what to study. Once you have registered, you will enjoy all their possibilities for free. You can upload content not only in public but also privately and share what you write on other social networks directly. You can also access news from your contacts and universities you have joined, students are kept informed of everything that is happening in their centre… Teachers have the option of creating a class or group within Interuniversities.

Cybercorrespondents

It has three functions. The first is that of a social network in which participants under 18 years of age tell how they feel, what they think, what concerns them… To participate, however, they must do so through groups and processes of social or educational intervention such as institutes, associations, town halls, NGOs… It also serves as an educational and free ICT resource because it can be a complement to the development of activities of an educational nature. Finally, it works as a digital newspaper made by young people who express their ideas so that others can learn about them.

Internet in the classroom

This is the name of INTEF’s teachers’ social network, in which communities of teachers share their experiences and resources for the use of the Internet in the classroom. Forums, projects, good practices 2.0, methodologies, blogs… are some of the functionalities offered to teachers.

Clipit

Thanks to this educational social network (free and developed by the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos), it is possible to put into practice new methodologies in which the student acquires an active role in their learning process, such as flipped classroom, project work, blended learning… It is a collaborative work environment in which they themselves explain and expose concepts through their own videos which, once published, are put together for the rest of their colleagues to view and offer suggestions for improvement. It also provides additional tools for teachers such as the creation of rubrics to guide the discussion process, assessment tests and learning analyses.

Brainly

It specialises in the field of social learning and eLearning, as it is based on the exchange of knowledge and ideas and mutual support. It is aimed at students of all levels, including home schooled children, as well as parents and teachers. The questions can be consulted according to the subjects (Biology, Geography, History, Art, Social Sciences…) and it is available in several languages. Registration is required.

Docsity

Search, view or download content shared by other students. This is this educational social network that allows you to consult notes, news, educational videos… related to biology, chemistry, law, history, languages, mathematics or psychology, among other subjects. For university students, it is an interesting source of reference, especially in the area of blogs where they can write articles about the different careers. It also allows for the exchange of opinions, the resolution of doubts or the receipt of notifications when another user consults the contents that we have uploaded. Students with a more active participation are accumulating points, which gives access to the different options of the page.

Edmodo 

In 2008, Nic Borg and Jeff O’Hara founded this educational platform that works as a social network and in which teachers, families and students can participate. It allows the creation of closed and private groups, the submission of papers, the sharing of links and documents, the attachment of files… There is also the option for teachers to invite students to participate in online discussions, for which they need to register with a username and password. The teacher, in Edmodo, is the only one who can create the groups and manage them, while the students (and also their families) need to know the access code to these groups to consult the contents that are uploaded.

Eduskopia

It is a social network that is defined as a space for reflection and debate that also invites the educational community to generate new ideas in a collaborative way, as well as to put them into practice. At the same time they offer workshops, talks, seminars or training aimed at parents, students, educators, organizations…

Other Education

It is defined as a secure virtual school, with a social network structure for teachers and students of Primary and Secondary. It also offers different educational tools, including a comic book generator. Registration is required, but it is free.

RedAlumnos

It is a training platform that connects teachers and students, so that the teacher can teach online courses and support their classroom classes. It can also be installed in a teaching centre and have virtual classrooms, online exams, edublogs, chats… It has free and paid services.

Schoology

It is a platform, aimed at teachers and students, that allows for discussion forums, bulletin boards, grade book, rewards and a tool to carry out evaluation questionnaires. In addition, it is possible to create courses with many possibilities of interactivity.