I (Cathy) find one of the most popular social media sites used by my student teachers is Pinterest. They rave about the interesting and engaging ideas they find on the site for lessons. I saw evidence of this just recently while visiting a school. My student teacher, Melissa, had found a writing exercise on the site entitled, If I Was Trapped in a Snow Globe. It involved the students creating a snow globe scene inside of a white plastic container and then describing the adventure in writing. The associate teacher was so excited by the results, she lead me into the hallway to see what her young students had accomplished. The associate declared, “This student never writes anything, but look at this! Two pages! They loved this writing assignment.”
Often, good writing results by students are the results of a good inspirational ideas. Luckily educators have many more resources to access now, due to social media. I highly recommend Pinterest for many ideas in variety of subjects.