NCERT Recommends Social Media Apps and How to Use Them for Online Teaching

NCERT recently introduced the alternative academic calendar for primary education. Taking into account the current situation and the challenges of teaching a first-grade child, the alternative calendar proposes activities and channels for carrying out these activities. Social media, with its wide reach and popularity, is an obvious integration.

NCERT not only recommended social media programs but also suggested how each platform could be used by teachers and educators.

  1. WhatsApp – Instant messaging platform can be used for group conversations to organize a virtual classroom and do homework. Teachers can create a WhatsApp group for students in a class and share the link to learning resources in a group or share a downloaded document / your recorded voice / a document you have created on a topic. The teacher can also help parents with tips for engaging students at home.
  2. Facebook – the predominant social media platform can be used to create themed groups and classes and share educational content in various ways. In addition, they can communicate with students, give live lectures, organize an exhibition party, etc. Teachers can also give feedback to individual students via Facebook Messenger.
  3. Twitter: Microblog site can be used to access information, engage students, follow interested communities, share your opinions on specific topics, etc. It can increase engagement and collaboration among peers, students, and educators. The teacher can tweet assignments, link to other resources or web pages.
  4. Edmodo – This is a free and secure online educational learning network. Educators can create a digital classroom in Edmodo, where students can collaborate and share ideas and resources. The platform’s quiz generator or voice feature can be used to determine a student’s progress. The platform can also be used to encourage students to share their work for peer review and feedback.
  5. Instagram: A platform to share photos and videos can be used for visual stories. The platform can also be used to share relevant and educational videos. IGTV gives users the ability to share videos for up to an hour.
  6. Telegram – During NISHTHA training, many states like Assam, Karnataka, Odisha, Punjab, and Rajasthan used Telegram to share information and best practices. The same can now be repeated and teachers can use the platform to communicate with colleagues and students about various topics.
  7. Blogger – is a blog posting service provided by Google. Blogs can be used to write and share material on difficult topics from a variety of topics. Teachers can view teaching materials on blogs through photos, videos, audio, PPTs, etc. It is also possible to create a general classroom blog with WordPress, and a community of teachers and students can post and discuss concepts and ideas.
  8. Skype – The video calling platform can be used for live discussions and sharing consultations. It can also be used to explore virtual tours, organize speaker sessions, etc.
  9. Pinterest – is another visual social network that educators can use to explore images and ideas based on categories. The platform can be used by teachers and parents to create craft and DIY ideas for students.
  10. YouTube – Teachers can create topics and topic playlists and share them with students. They can also filter videos that are conceptually and pedagogically correct. Videos can be automatically translated into local languages, making them useful for everyone.
  11. LinkedIn – LinkedIn is a platform for professionals and can be used to interact with colleagues and share ideas and educational tips.
  12. Google Hangout: Teachers can use Hangout to stream the lesson directly from home and students can join the lesson directly from home. Within a class, smaller groups can be formed for group discussions and student learning through audio or video chat.

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