Twitter

https://twitter.com/
Social Networking site that allows you to post what you are doing/thoughts up to 140 characters.

Samples and Ideas

Personal Twitter page
School library page
Club twitter



Pros

Great way to establish a PLN
Easy to use
Easy to expand your reach beyond the library

Cons

Requires email
May be blocked by some districts

Tutorials

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=842303


Pinterest


http://pinterest.com/
Bookmark pictures that link to websites based on topics of interest.

Samples and Ideas

Keep a list of book display ideas
Group together popular authors
Plan for an event like Teen Tech Week or National Library Week
Share books you've read or plan to read

https://www.pinterest.com/severns1974/library-quotes-and-ideas/
https://www.pinterest.com/severns1974/library-or-reading-infographics/
https://www.pinterest.com/severns1974/writing/


Pros

Quick and easy to use
Very visual
Allows you to mark boards private or public

Cons

Requires account
May be blocked by some districts

Tutorials

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QkMOdW0Kyc
https://help.pinterest.com/en


Facebook

http://facebook.com
Social Networking Site

Samples and Ideas

Library page
Club group

Pros

Many students and parents using currently

Cons

Lots of changes made reqularly
Requires more active monitoring than some other sites
Blocked by some districts

Tutorials

none



TweetDeck

http://tweetdeck.com/
A way to collect feeds and tweets into one place.

Samples and Ideas

Collect all your information into one place
Schedule tweets in advance

Pros

Easy to use and customize
Can manage multiple accounts
Use on computer or via the app

Cons

Requires account

Tutorials

Text here


Remind

https://www.remind.com/
(Formerly known as Remind101.com
Send brief texts those who have subscribed about upcoming deadlines or events.

Samples and Ideas

Use remind to contact book club members or members of other clubs you've started.
Create a remind "class" for parents; Advertise the code at Open House and parents can sign up if interested in receiving texts about upcoming events.

Pros

You don't have to give out your number and students/parents won't have to provide their number
Created by an educator to provide privacy and security.
Contact 2 or more individuals in the group or the entire group.
Super easy to use. I've used it for multiple years with my book club members, and it works great.
Once you create a group, you're given a number and code to distribute to parents, so they can text the code to the number to join the group.
You can delay the sending of the text message.
Now has a chat feature.
When you create a group, Remind provides a professional flyer you can print and distribute.

Cons

Limited to 140 characters.
Students and parents must sign up to use in order for you to contact them.
You cannot send a text to just one person, only 2 or more.
You have to make sure you don't send a text out during class time since the student may be taking a test and get in trouble if their phone goes off. :)