Five Great Sites You've Never Heard Of

When you think of social media, what sites do you think of? Facebook and Twitter are the most common answers. But did you know that these are only the tip of the social media iceberg? In this blog post, you'll be introduced to five of our favorite up-and-coming social media sites you can use to enhance your classroom experience, to learn and share in community, and even to organize group projects from anywhere.

Vine

Life isn't lived in pictures. Twitter's new Vine app (@vineapp) enables you to see and share life in motion. You can edit and direct looping videos up to six seconds in length and post them immediately.

Vine is available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod, and is coming soon to Android.

Branch

Branch (@branch) enables group discussion like never before.

Step 1: Find something to talk about! Discuss something you read, a half-baked idea, or continue a conversation you've already started. Grab anything from the web and post it to Branch-- a video, article, email, tweet, anything!

Step 2: Invite friends, collegues, classmates, or students via email or Twitter to discuss the post with you.

Step 3: Share the conversation with anyone! The resulting discussion can be posted anywhere by embedding the Branch or simply sharing a link.

Learnist

Use Learnist (@LearnistTweets) to share your knowledge by creating "Learn Boards" to display things you're interested in, including videos, blogs, images, and documents. Alternatively, learn from others who have shared their knowledge!

Piazza

Piazza (@piazza) is a new, efficient way to manage classroom Q&A, redesigning the way students and instructors ask for and provide help online. Students can learn, share, and collaborate with this social Q&A service. Piazza can also be used with learning management systems

Trello

Perfect for group collaboration, Trello (@trello) is a management application that allows you to plan and organize anything with any number of people. Manage projects from your computer or mobile device (Trello is compatible with Android, iOS, and Windows 8).

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