Fifteen-year-old Adora Svitak knows students nowadays “live, work and play” social media, Mashable reports.

“We’re used to the characteristics of social media: participation, connection, instant gratification,” she tells Mashable, “and when school doesn’t offer the same, it’s easy to tune out.”

To help more educators learn about the benefits of using social media in the classroom, Adora recently taught nearly 3,000 teachers, principals and administrators how to implement Twitter and Facebook into their lives.

“The speech was successful in that a lot of new people joined Twitter and learned how to start a Facebook page for a class or school group,” Adora said about her collaborative keynote presentation at the Advancing Improvement in Education Conference in Austin this month.

The first-time Twitter users learned how to sign up, tweet and weave in hashtags — pushing thankful messages to Adora during her demonstration…

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