What is media sharing or social media?
The new 2.0 tools allow us to publish images, photographs, video, slideshows, documents and determine how publicly we'd like to share them and with which restrictions and permissions.

A number of portals allow you to easily store and share images. Flickr is one of the most popular for sharing images and short videos. It allows you to share a limited number of images for free. For $24.95 a year you get unlimited storage and can create unlimited groups and sets of media.

Social Media in Plain English

Tools for media sharing
  • Flickr (for photos, images, and short videos)
  • PhotoBucket (for photos and images)
  • Slideshare (for sharing and finding presentations)
  • YouTube (major portal for video sharing)
  • TeacherTube (portal for instructional sharing)
  • Ning (social networking tool can be used as a parking lot for media)
  • authorStream (sharing slideshows)

Why should teachers share media?
  • To share media with colleagues around the world or in the school
  • To share media with students
  • To showcase student work
  • To share locally-produced professional development
  • To teach about Creative Commons licensing
  • To promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness (NETS*T)
  • To model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments. (NETS*T)
  • To demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations. (NETS*T)
  • To collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation. (NETS*T)
  • To communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats. (NETS*T)
  • To advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources. (NETS*T)
  • To address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources.
  • To promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information. (NETS*T)
  • To develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools. (NETS*T)
  • To participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning. (NETS*T)
  • To exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others. (NETS*T)

Why should students share media?
  • To practice digital citizenship by contributing to knowledge building
  • To be information or media producers as well as information and media consumers
  • To learn about Creative Commons licensing
  • To share work in a variety of media
  • To practice 21st communication skills
  • To practice digital citizenship
  • Organize knowledge so that it is useful AASL Standards
  • To collaborate with others to exchange ideas, develop new understandings, make decisions, and solve problems AASL Standards
  • To use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings AASL Standards
  • To connect understanding to the real world AASL Standards
  • To connect ideas to own interests and previous knowledge and experience AASL Standards
  • To use social networks and information tools to gather and share information AASL Standards
  • To organize personal knowledge in a way that can be called upon easily AASL Standards
  • To use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning AASL Standards

Why should librarians share media?
  • To share aspects of life in the library
  • To create a virtual library tour
  • To archive and share special library or school events
  • To archive and showcase student work
  • To teach about Creative Commons licensing
  • To archive and share bulletin boards and displays
  • To promote books and reading
  • To advertise new arrivals
  • To archive your READ and other self-designed posters
  • To share instructional media and professional development with the school community

Why should administrators share media?
  • To broadcast your school's achievements
  • To showcase student life and work