(Updated on 22/06/2016)



  • Social media sites face heavy hate speech fines (March 17, 2017) - a lesson with AUDIO
    "Social media websites in Germany could be in for fines of up to 50 million euros for removing illegal content too slowly."

    Try the same news story at these easier levels: Hate Speech - Level 4  or  Hate Speech - Level 5
    Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
  • Ed Sheeran takes a year's break from social media (December 16, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has announced he is ''taking a break'' from social media because he is fed up with spending so much time looking at his mobile phone or iPad."

    Try the same news story at these easier levels: Level 0Level 1   or  Level 2
    Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
  • Social-networking sites (SNS) 
    " make it really easy to be creative online, to keep in touch with friends and to use a load of cool stuff
    like video, photos, music, and chat all in the same place.
    So how can you have great times online and avoid the net nasties?
    Carry on reading and watching to learn more about the SMART way to network online!"


  • UK Safer Internet Centre - Resources for 11-19s
    "The internet is a brilliant place to connect with others, to be creative and to discover new things. 
    Here you will find films, games, quizzes and advice to help you to use the internet safely, responsibly and positively."


  • What’s on your mind?
    "This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Shaun Higton and the theme of Facebook.
    Students practise vocabulary related to social media, watch a short film, and talk about Facebook."
    Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
    Time: 60 minutes



  • Teachers cyber-bullied by students and parents (April 27, 2014) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Children as young as seven are posting abusive and damaging comments about their teachers on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter."

  • Facebook ''selfies'' can harm relationships (August 18, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A study from the U.K. indicates that people who post too many ''selfies'' (photos of themselves) on Facebook and similar social networks risk damaging their real-life relationships."





  • Social networking lesson plan - with exercises
    "Hands up those of you who like to chat online? How many of you use Facebook?
    Probably quite a few of you, as in today’s world we can’t seem to live without it.
    So what is a social network? It is a way of communicating with other people.
    Why do we use them? Because we like to communicate with other people, especially our family and our friends. It is a good way to keep in touch.
    There are many different forms of social networking. Probably the most popular today are Facebook, Skype, MySpace, Twitter, Google chat and ICQ.
    All are different..."

  • Twitter Conference Held in Los Angeles - a lesson plan with AUDIO (28 October 2009)
    "The original idea of the gathering was to explore "the effects of Twitter on celebrity, the media, advertising and (maybe) politics”.



  • Twitter in the classroom?
    "High schoolers at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, Minn. are being engaged in the classroom in a whole new way. By using social media tools and giving them access to the Internet, students are able to learn in different ways. Having discussions about their English class online has increased their level of attention and engagement in their studies."



  • The Twitter Experiment - UT Dallas
    "Dr. Rankin, professor of History at UT Dallas, wanted to know how to reach more students and involve more people in class discussions both in and out of the classroom. She had heard of Twitter... She collaborated with a graduate student, Kim Smith, from the Emerging Media and Communications (EMAC) and reached out to EMAC faculty for advice..."


  • Twitter Helps Stop California Suicide (4 April 2009) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    WARM-UPS : Social-networking sites



  • WebQuest: Social Media
    "The WebQuest is based on the topic Social Networks/ Media and it aims to help students get familiar with the useful language and grammar they need to discuss about this issue."

  • Webquest - Social Media Activities
    Task 1: Social Media Madness
    Task 2: The Truth About Facebook
    Task 3:Social Media Revolution
    Task 4: Security Risks and Social Media
    Task 5: Social Media - The Shocking Truth
    Task 6: It's Your Turn . . .
  • Social Networking Webquest
    "A new social site has appeared on the internet. It is called Connected and allows its members to have their own site, to receive and send instant messages, to include chatrooms and to link to blogs and wikis. In groups you will take on the roles of parent, teen, educator, website developer or online predator. You will do extensive research about the possible benefits and problems associated with this type of site and based on your research, you will make a decision as a group as to whether this site and others like it should be allowed at school or whether it should be blocked."

  • Social Media WebQuest
    "Directions: Use the available electronic devices to search the Internet and find examples of effective and ineffective social media use, according to the given categories. Take a screenshot of each example and compile your screen shots in a document, slideshow or other electronic presentation, with annotations, as described below..."
  • Social Networking
    "A social network is an online community of people who use a website or app to communicate with each other by sharing comments, images, videos, resources, etc. Common examples include Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Using social networks can be a lot of fun and help us feel connected with the people we care most about. Adults also use social networks to share resources and look for jobs, while seniors and shut-ins benefit from being able to stay in touch with relatives and friends.
    To use social networks safely and effectively, there are many things to consider. Oversharing personal information, sharing inappropriate information, or using social networks to threaten or harass someone can have consequences that extend far beyond the time of the post. In this Thing, you will complete four Quests to learn about the guidelines for navigating social networks." 
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Good or Bad?
    "This WebQuest is designed for High School TLE students from Grades 7-11 that aims the students complete understanding of Social Media, what are its importance, its advantages and disadvantages, how we are able to adopt and embrace its concept, what are the effects of it to our youth and how can we use it effectively and responsibly..."