As I work in elementary, my students are not permitted to create accounts on their own due to company policies, GDPR, COPPA, and a host of other regulations that have been developed to keep students safe.
That being said using social media and collaborative tools in the elementary school, is not impossible but does require extra consideration. For example, with Padlet students are not able to create their own accounts but teachers can create walls for students to use provided they follow a set of guidelines developed by the school to ensure their safety.
Additionally, finding a full outline of a project proved to be difficult. Most sites provide ideas for using social media without necessarily providing a whole unit overview. This is understandable, especially in the private schools where such details may be considered property of the school. While I don't necessarily agree with this stance, it is understandable.
The Big Take Aways
The common thread that I found in most is that social media in the elementary classroom is used to open the world to the classroom and the classroom to the world. This is typically done through Twitter, Instragram, Skype etc.
The most interesting resource I found was the Mad about Mattering project. While this project is aimed for older students, it does provide a blueprint for teachers to develop their own globally collaborative project. It will probably be referenced as I work on the final project for this course.