Twitter is by far the most powerful professional learning network (PLN) I participate in. Using it is like being at a teaching conference every day. I am constantly exposed to new ideas that inspire and challenge me to try new approaches and rethink old ones. Through Twitter I’ve met a great group of educators from around the world, all of whom are passionate about teaching. We have great discussions and share resources.
Everyone is on Twitter these days, so why not your school district? Twitter provides an easy platform to keep your followers updated -- moment by moment, if necessary! -- about developing situations, sudden brainstorms and calls to action. Following are 12 reasons to get your school district tweeting this summer so that you can hit the ground running at the start of the next school year.
One of the most useful, and perhaps the most interesting, applications for students, teachers, and parents is Pinterest. The Pinterest platform is a visual pin board that allows users to pin images from blogs and websites, making it easier for them to refer to these later.
What can parents, students and teachers use Pinterest for? Here are five ways you can effectively use Pinterest for educational purposes
Back in 2009, we wrote a popular post, 100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom. Now almost three years later, educators are still finding great ideas for putting Facebook to work on our list. But at the same time, Facebook has changed so much, and the site has even more to offer for the classroom. So we’ve compiled a fresh batch of ways to make Facebook work in your classroom, some tried and true, and others that have evolved with Facebook. Read on, and you’ll find a wealth of resources, assignments, and amazing uses for Facebook in any type of classroom.
Whether you’re a new user of Twitter or a seasoned expert, the following tips are meant to act as a refresher for anyone feeling like Twitter hasn’t been doing as much for them as they’d hoped.
Twitter can be a rewarding yet cumbersome tool that requires constant supervision. That means it could be very difficult to manage for most full-time teachers, administrators, and really anyone who has responsibilities. If you haven’t yet signed up for Twitter, don’t let this caveat stop you.
Like any social network, you should dip your toe in, spend some time absorbing, and then figure out if it can fit into your life. If you simply have no time to manage your Twitter account and hate even logging in, then Twitter is not going to be a very powerful tool for you. But if you’re willing to devote at least a little time and attention to Twitter, you can learn, connect, and evolve in ways like never before.
So how should you go about using Twitter on a daily basis? The following tips and recommendations are based on my personal experience with Twitter. Your experiences will likely be different so I’ve tried to keep these as general-yet-specific-enough so they’re helpful for anyone.
Pinterest, created in 2009 and launched in March of 2010, has been ranked 10th out of the top visited social networking sites across the world, allowing users to search for pins with a specific theme or subject. According to Pearson (2011), teachers can easily bookmark or “pin” lesson plans across the web for a later date, organize resources for the classroom, share unique ideas, and allow for collaboration with students, parents, and colleagues. A good example of pinning can be found in a blog-post entitled 30 Inspiring Pinterest Pins for Teachers (2012) where the author shares 30 specific pin boards covering everything from arts and crafts to methods of classroom management through visually stimulating images. While perusing these ideas, I decided to create a group board for my own students to collaborate with one another and other teachers from around the world.
It is organized by the categories WATCH (easiest degree of difficulty, TALK (moderate), and PRODUCE (highest degree of difficulty). We did our best to put each box in the appropriate place. Therefore, some of them are in between different degrees of difficulty, etc.
While career counselors at your school can be a great source of information, grads can also seek out guidance on their own through a wide range of career-focused Twitter chats. Here, we’ve listed some of the best get-togethers on Twitter for learning about everything from resume writing to working with recruiters to scoring a killer internship and just about everything in between.
This gives some great ideas about how famous people might summarize their ideas / experiences as "Tweets" in 140 characters max!
Type in a keyword ("communism", "appeasement", "poverty" - whatever)
Then watch the results come pouring in using twitterfall!
If you’re on this page, you may be asking yourself, “What is Collaborize Classroom™?” You may be wondering why you should go online with Collaborize Classroom. Will it support your in-class instruction or help your flipped-classroom model become successful? We’ve made it easy to answer those questions by compiling many of the benefits of our free online platform right here. Take a look and get to know Collaborize Classroom. You’ll be glad you did!
twiducate is the perfect solution for elementary and secondary students. Rather than having your students sign up and enter an email address, you sign up and create a class code.
True or False: Educators around the world are using social media for their own professional development.
And the answer is ... True!
Social learning is in, and teachers and administrators everywhere are enhancing their own personal and professional development by harnessing the power of social media.
Can high school ever be fun? As a student who walked the halls of good old Waubonsie Valley High School just a few years ago, I can remember that the answer to this questions was always, without question, “no.” Although teachers can’t make high school a place students want to be all the time, the use of social media in the classroom has made a slight difference.
Teachers can use social media to meet students on their own turf and provide an engaging avenue to learning. In this post, we'll take a look at using social networks and microblogging platforms. Let's jump in and take a look at several lesson ideas.
Do you spend too much time planning lessons and searching for resources online? Do you have trouble organizing your lesson files? Would you like to be able to access your lessons from any computer, and share them with colleagues? ClassConnect.com may be the tool you need.
"Teachers can use social media to meet students on their own turf and provide an engaging avenue to learning. In this post, we'll take a look at using social networks and microblogging platforms. Let's jump in and take a look at several lesson ideas."
Google+ can easily be incorporated in the classroom. Here are 10 Google+ features and ideas one educator has used that work for her and her students.
It’s easy to get lost in the millions of messages users send through Twitter each day. Luckily, hashtags (a combination of the pound sign and text used in a tweet) are one way to sort through the din and find the topics you’re interested in reading about. Simply type the hashtag name in Twitter’s search field and you’ll get a list of all tweets that include it.
Twitter chats are such a great way to stay connected and informed in your professional circle, and education is no exception. Through education chats, you can find out about new methods for teaching, tech resources, even jobs for teachers. Most chats are held weekly, and offer an opportunity to have a regularly scheduled conversation with like-minded educators.