Social Media in Education

A Principal's Reflections

My answers to Bill''s questions provide a snapshot of my social media in education journey. What made you interested in using social media to reach out to your school community? In early March of 2009, I was reading my local newspaper, The Staten Island Advance, and came across an article on Twitter. For me, Twitter opened the door to the world of social media. Bill Ferriter Facebook Opinion PLN Social Media Twitter

Social Media is Not Just For Students

A Principal's Reflections

When principals hear the words Twitter and Facebook they cringe. Immediately, visions of excessive socialization, time wasted, and meaningless conversations in the form of updates come to mind. As a result of their advice, I created a NMHS Facebook page.

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Scientists and social media: an important new study

Bryan Alexander

When it comes to communicating with their peers, scientists use a variety of media, with an emphasis on old-school methods: When it comes to digitally communicating with one’s peers, the leading technology for scientists is… email.

Web 2.0 Tools That Will Break Through Next Year, With Your Help

The Web20Classroom

Social Media and Web 2.0 And you can see this post for more Skype resources. __ Ning As I said before, Social Media had a breakout year with educators this year. Ning is the social network you create. Some liken it to Facebook, but for me its much, much different.

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New Posted Resources 12/16/2009

The Web20Classroom

85+ Resources: Educator Guide for Integrating Social Media « emergent by design tags : socialmedia , favorite Twitter in the Classroom: Studies Find Increased Student Engagement tags : Twitter , favorite 50 Web Applications for Teachers tags : web2.0 , favorite Using Wordle in the classroom (1 of 2) tags : wordle , favorite Cell Size and Scale tags : biology , favorite 5 Easy Steps to Stay Safe (and Private!) on Facebook - tags : Facebook , favorite Posted from Diigo.

The Skinny on Hashtags

A Principal's Reflections

Upon getting on Twitter in 2009, I was not only baffled about how to use the social media site but also about all the symbols associated with it. Let’s start by defining what a hashtag (#) is in the sense of social media.

My Twitter Journey So Far: Using Twitter as a Personal Educational Resource


I signed on in April of 2009, but didn''t do much with it. I thought it was a mini-Facebook, with people constantly updating what they were doing, no matter how mundane. I was getting that info from the people I wanted on Facebook already. A friend of mine started getting into social media and using Twitter in the tourism and to a small extent the personal realm, and I heard her mention it once or twice.

Edhashtag Clouds: Click, Explore, Connect

Teacher Reboot Camp

In July 2009, I co-founded the Bammy winning education chat, #Edchat , which has inspired over 400 education hashtags! The hashtag (# in front of a word without spaces, which transforms the word into a url on social media sites, like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) was invented 8 years ago today by Chris Messina on August 23, 2007. Edchat PLN Tips for Teachers PLNs #30GoalsEdu edhashtags hashtag chats hashtags social media for teachers Twitter Twitter for teacher

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More on Social Networking Guidelines for Educators


A couple of months ago I posted ten social networking guidelines for educators that I had come up with in response to a request from colleagues in my district. Guidelines for Educators Using Social Networking Sites [link] Social Media Guidelines for Schools [link]. digital citizenship digital footprint facebook myspace professionalism social networking socialmedia teachers

Why do people use the internet?

The Electric Educator

Additionally, as someone who is in the process of building online courses, if I can include the top three categories (education, fun, and socialization) into my courses, they will be wildly popular. Users expect social media tools to be incorporated into all types of online activities.

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Web Activity Packs from PBS Teachers


PBS teachers has posted web activity packs with code you can embed in social media sites (like blogs or even Facebook) or into traditional web pages. There''s a wealth of resources under the topic headings of The Arts, Science and Technology, Health and Fitness, Reading and Language Arts, and Social Studies. This looks pretty neat, so I thought I''d experiment!

Edhashtag Clouds: Click, Explore, Connect

Teacher Reboot Camp

In July 2009, I co-founded the Bammy winning education chat, #Edchat , which has inspired over 400 education hashtags! The hashtag (# in front of a word without spaces, which transforms the word into a url on social media sites, like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) was invented 8 years ago today by Chris Messina on August 23, 2007. Edchat PLN Tips for Teachers PLNs #30GoalsEdu edhashtags hashtag chats hashtags social media for teachers Twitter Twitter for teacher

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Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Public Relations

A Principal's Reflections

No matter how much progress we made, or success we experienced, it was always that one negative story that would dominate the media coverage and sway public opinion. Image credit: [link] There is a fundamental problem with the mainstream media when it comes to public relations.

10 Things to Think About Before You Post

The Daring Librarian

So, when I heard that they were teaming up with the awesome Common Sense Media people, to put out a music video about Digital Citizenship, - I was SO there! Common Sense Media has added some handy extras! I don't use Facebook - we just never got along and I never warmed up to Snapchat.

Global digital tribe

Learning with 'e's

Whether or not we realise it, if we regularly use social media, we are members of the world wide digital tribe. Tribal identity in the age of the Web transcends ethnicity, traditional cultural expectations and geography (Wheeler, 2009). 2009) Digital tribes, virtual clans.

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Your Future Self May Thank You: Tidy Up Your Online Presence Over the Holidays


Educators Under a Social Media Microscope Courtesy of Social media and its uses are fascinating to me, and as a result I often read stories of how educators making controversial choices in their use of social media put their jobs in jeopardy. Ashley''s story began in 2009. Educators'' Use of Social Media May Cost Jobs Teachers Beware! I can see some Facebook users thinking this is no big deal.

What Educators Need to Know Right Now About Digital Citizenship

The CoolCatTeacher

Anne Collier on Episode 456 and 457 of the 10-Minute Teacher Anne Collier, Founder and Executive Director of The Net Safety Collaborative and , shares what we need to know about social media in this two-part series.

Goal: Craft a Message for Your Passion Project

Teacher Reboot Camp

Go a step further and have your students design social media videos and graphics introducing us to their passion and projects where they need support. I have quite a few passion projects I organize for teachers and social media is a key.

danah boyd, on (1) Privacy on the Internet and (2) Why Teens Like to Hang Out on Social Networking Sites

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

I still believe that, but cultural anthropologist Dr. danah boyd (yes, her name has no caps), considered by many to be the "high priestess" of social media, says that everyone expects privacy on the Internet and that they are entitled to it. She gives examples of how Facebook, Google, and other developers can work toward insuring that privacy. She was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies of the 14th National AASL Conference in Charlotte, NC, in November, 2009.

A Teacher’s Guide to Communicating with Generation X, Y, and Z Parents


It’s so easy to put together a classroom Facebook group or send a school email without a second thought. They are generally comfortable with technology and navigate smartphones or social media platforms with little trouble. The Public Manager, 2009, 38(4), pp.

Why Connect?

A Principal's Reflections

I got on Twitter in 2009, which was an accomplishment in itself as I had previously convinced myself that I would never use social media as I didn’t have the time nor saw any value in it. If I want cat memes and such I will move over to my personal Facebook or Instagram account.

Web 2.0 culture

Learning with 'e's

Secondly, it is so you can reap the exponential rewards the social web offers. But the ethos of sharing on the social web goes deeper than the act of sharing content. and will probably already have accounts on social networking sites such as Facebook.

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Richard Byrne’s Most Exciting Edtech Tools

The CoolCatTeacher

Facebook Live. Richard Byrne is a former high school social studies teacher best known for developing the award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. Richard became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009.

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Their Space: Educating Digitally Ethical Teens #sxswedu #theirspace


About three years ago presenters started to notice a shift to more social media use by middle schoolers. 20% of the 6th graders they surveyed in their Seattle school had Facebook accounts. 2009 - Meeting of the Minds - important work from Common Sense Media on perceptions of social media ethics. Photo of classification grid used with students: [link] ) Another example: Use media to talk about perception, reality vs. unreality.

Digital Leadership: Leading Change from Where You Are | #DigiLead

A Principal's Reflections

Back in 2009, I began calling for an evolved construct of leadership that would better serve schools in meeting the diverse needs of learners and stakeholders alike. Be sure to share your reflections, questions, ideas, and successes by engaging on social media using #digilead.

A friend of a friend

Learning with 'e's

Facebook has recently claimed that it has reduced the degrees of separation between people. If you are a subscriber to Facebook (and there aren't many people around that I know who aren't), then your data is included in this massive calculation exercise.

Why Digital Leadership? #digilead

A Principal's Reflections

This is something that I could have never dreamed of prior to social media as I felt that writing was definitely not my strong suit. I have witnessed and been a part of a dramatic transformation process at NMHS that began in 2009 when I gave social media a try.

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Blended Family Engagement

A Principal's Reflections

To this day I still remember the article that I read about Twitter in the Staten Island Advance one cold Sunday in March of 2009. Some families did not have Internet access or were not on social media.

Showing How Awesome You Are-Building Your Brand

The Web20Classroom

Back when I started this blog in February of 2009 I was trying to create a space to share resources with my teachers in my district. Oh and you can link to all your social media accounts too. I am in all of those social media spaces but I use each one very differently.

Get the Good News Out

A Principal's Reflections

As I have been writing since 2009, if you don’t tell your story someone else will. To get the good news out you don’t have to continue to wait patiently for the mainstream media to cover your stories. Want to program specific times to send out tweets and other social media messages?

Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

Let's take a look by looking at social media examples. Facebook Facebook is a bit better. Facebook has work to do in their accessibility game. Instagram Facebook purchased Instagram, so it's no surprise, that they also auto generate text that can be customized.

#Internet4schools: Make Your Voice Heard

A Principal's Reflections

Back in 2009 when we began to transform teaching and learning at New Milford High School we were extremely fortunate at the time to have wireless Internet access throughout the school. Here is the text you can use in a tweet or status update: #Internet4schools matters - Tell @FCC to vote YES and bring Internet to all schools with a 15 second video Video I created Once your video is created share across social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram.

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How to Celebrate Creativity and Caring on International Dot Day


In September 2009, an Iowa teacher decided to commemorate the sixth birthday of Peter Reynolds’ “The Dot” by celebrating its message with his students. Of course, there’s an active Twitter account with nearly 10,000 followers ( @DotClubConnect ) and a Facebook community of almost 15,000.

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FAQs For Educational Bloggers

The Web20Classroom

I’ve had this blog since 2009. Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter or other social media channels? Use your social media channels like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to let everyone know you have a new post.

The newly reimagined Empire State Information Fluency Continuum


Dr. Barbara Stripling, Professor Emerita, Syracuse University, and former ALA President, describes the history and goals of the project that builds on an earlier version developed by school librarians in 2009 under the auspices of the Office of Library Services and its former Director, Dr. Stripling.