Professional Opportunities for Educators in 2014

Kleinspiration

2014 has been fantastic so far! We attend sessions together, exchange ideas over lunch, get to know one another at social events, and continue to stay connected via social media after the conference comes to a close. of Education : June 6, 2014 Washington D.C.

I Saw it on Facebook! Focusing School Communities on Literacy with Social Media

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Recently, my husband shared a study with me that showed that the brains of folks who read and write every day are a third healthier in old age than those who didn’t ( Leslie, 2014). I think every community should have an ambassador and social media should be at the heart of their work.

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Genius as an Alternative Social Media

ProfHacker

” That many academics rely on social media goes without saying. Yet, I am dissatisfied with my social media. Twitter can often be overwhelming, and in my experience it fails to foster engaged discussion. Do you have a favorite alternative form of social media?

Stop Ignoring Google+

A Principal's Reflections

From my point of view educators become quickly attached to one specific social media tool as their go to source for his/her Personal Learning Network (PLN). Take Twitter for example. Twitter has many positive attributes, but also a growing number of negative aspects.

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Twitter as a Tool For Academic Discourse

A Principal's Reflections

To accomplish their goal, these teachers began with an informational text on the history of the Roman Forum to ground their use of social media in historical discourse and academic content.

4 steps to mastering social media

eSchool News

A superintendent shares how social media is essential for today’s schools. Mention the words social media in a room full of school leaders and you’ll be met with more than a few reservations: It’s too new. Outline goals for your social media campaigns.

Fear is not an option when it comes to social media in schools

The Innovative Educator

By Chris Casal + Lisa Nielsen Cross posted at [link] Innovative educators know first hand that social media like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Instagram can be a powerful tool for teaching, learning, leading, and strengthening the home-school connection.

Don't blame social media if your students are distracted

The Innovative Educator

Editor’s note: This guest post from Chris Casal started as a comment on “ Filtering social media in schools because it’s a ‘distraction’ ” which appeared on Scott McCleod’s Dangerously Irrelevant blog. Social media is no different than pencil and paper. It wasn’t Twitter and Facebook that made me doodle but I doodled nonetheless. Social media can serve as the new platform for distraction but not a new cause for it. Social media has no intent.

Got Twitter? Make it Better! #TCEA14

EdTechSandyK

At the 2014 TCEA Convention and Exposition , I presented a concurrent session called Got Twitter? I assume folks reading this already know the basics of using Twitter and how to follow, Tweet, and Retweet. Participate in a Twitter chat. Got Twitter?

Why Twitter Chats Matter

The Web20Classroom

As a co-founder of #edchat and a life-long learner I''ve had the opportunity to be a part of 100''s of Twitter chats over the past 5 years. Meeting New People -Social media is called that for a reason. Twitter chats expose you to colleagues and friends you might not otherwise engage with. One-way conversations don''t really work on Twitter. I find engaging with new voices one of the reasons I keep coming back to Twitter chats. edchat Twitter Chats

Become the Storyteller-in-Chief

A Principal's Reflections

The mainstream media rarely shares the impactful work in schools that is actually making a difference in the lives of students. Social media allows us to take sole control of our public relations and tell our school stories consistently, accurately, and transparently.

Practical examples of social media in elementary school

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Computer Teacher & Tech Coordinator, Chris Casal | Cross posted at The Casal Operating System Editor''s note: Chris Casal is a member of the NYC DOE Social Media Advisory Team. His insights have helped inspire and guide teachers in the effective use of social media in the classroom. I am often asked about how we use "social media" here at PS 10. For that, Twitter is a fantastic platform. social media in education

A Wake Up Call For School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

So the other day I tweeted out this comment, “I am amazed each day to see so much educational progress in my Twitter feed. Thus, the use of social media in schools by educators continues to be an uphill battle. Change Digital Leadership Social Media

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Safety first but don't forget what's next when students use social media

The Innovative Educator

I was looking forward to checking out this post from my Twitter feed: Students Talk #Facebook on #Vimeo | @scoopit [link] #KSFY #SocialMedia #digcit #edchat #edbublogs — ICTPHMS (@ICTPHMS) February 19, 2014 I'm thrilled that schools like the Patrick Henry Middle School are willing to put themselves out there and share in the mainstream media that Facebook isn't something to be afraid of, but rather we can teach students to use it safely.

Social media advice for career-minded students. 10 things to consider.

The Innovative Educator

Our panel consisted of four experts familiar with social media who shared advice about what to do when it comes to how to best use Facebook, Twitter and other digital platforms. social media in education This week I had the pleasure to speak on a panel to career-minded students at the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation's annual conference.

Social Media: An Essential Tool for K-12 Classrooms (Free Webinar - Tonight!)

The Innovative Educator

Join me this evening at 4pm Eastern Time and hear me discuss why social media is an essential tool for K-12 classrooms. While there are some educators who feel the best advice when it comes to social media is to stay away, I disagree. In fact, I tell teachers that if they’re not preparing students to use social media effectively, they''re not doing their job. social media in education

Byte-sized Potential: Can Compassion & Citizenship Go Viral?

Teacher Reboot Camp

Often, you needed to be part of a certain social class, ethnicity, and profession. Individuals can take classes from MIT professors or connect with the greatest minds, like Neil Degrasse Tyson , through social media. Part of the category, Byte-sized Potential.

Resources, stories, and connections with those who use social media in today’s k-12 classrooms

The Innovative Educator

Thank you to the 300+ folks from around the world who joined me for the Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship webinar on EdWeb. In case you missed it, the webinar was called “Social Media: An Essential Tool for Today’s Classroom.” Below are the people behind the stories I mentioned, how to learn more and a way to reach each of them via social media. social media in education

Summer Reading Suggestions from Social Media

The Daring Librarian

No political or social commentary. Twitter and Instagram. One of my Twitter friends asked for the final list of suggestions.but that sounded a LOT like homework (:-P) So, I'll just embed the Tweet with all your wonderful suggestions for all to enjoy!

Communicating in the Information Age

A Principal's Reflections

Image credit: [link] Fast forward to 2014 and my district, like many others, now uses an automated notification service. Here are a few tips and ideas that have worked well for NMHS over the years: Create a school Twitter and Facebook page.

What's YOUR Twitter Formula?

The Daring Librarian

Twitter: Professional or Personal? When I speak to groups, I often talk about how I use Twitter as my main source of rich professional development and as a transformational PLN builder (Personal Learning Network). I think every Twitter user has some kind of formula for their Tweets.

My most used/favorite Apps and how I use them

Educational Technology Guy

Social Media - Google+ , Twitter , and Facebook - Google+ is my go to for education and technology resources, connections and sharing. I love that you can have longer posts and discussions than on Twitter. I also use Twitter for education and technology resource finding. Feedly - I subscribe to a lot of sites and blogs and use Feedly to organize and read them, as well as easily share them to Google+, Twitter and even Evernote.

A Few of My Fav #EdTech Things in 2014

The Innovative Educator

Looking back at 2014 I've come up with a few edtech resources I have relied on most for teaching and learning. Check em out and share yours.

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Costs and Benefits of Social Media in Education

Reading By Example

I cannot check Twitter, Facebook or a Google+ Community, so I seek different forms of cognitive engagement, such as connecting with my family more and attending to the immediate experiences in front of me. The opportunities provided through social media are not only couched in learning.

The Limitations of Being a Disconnected Nomad

A Principal's Reflections

You see, prior to 2009 I was adamantly opposed to even the thought of using social media for both personal and professional reasons. I swore that I would never be on any social media site and became disgusted when friends and family brought up the topic.

Costs and Benefits of Social Media in Education

Reading By Example

I cannot check Twitter, Facebook or a Google+ Community, so I seek different forms of cognitive engagement, such as connecting with my family more and attending to the immediate experiences in front of me. The opportunities provided through social media are not only couched in learning.

One Day That Changed Everything

A Principal's Reflections

My epiphany came in 2009 when I begrudgingly decided to give Twitter a try to improve communications with my stakeholders. Excuses often followed as a bunker mentality overshadowed the potential value that lied in using social media to become a better leader and learner.

#ISTE2014 Use Twitter & Voxer when Travel Plans Go Awry

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

There are two tech tools that were essential for transforming this ordeal into an adventure: Twitter and Voxer. Using Twitter, I shared our plight of a flight with my PLN, documenting the experiencing and encouraging Spirit Airlines to notice the issue.

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

Moving Forward in the PAH Continuum: Maximizing the Power of the Social Web: Lisa Marie Blaschke. Heutagogy and Social Communities of Practice: Will Self-determined Learning Re-write the Script for Educators?: Collaboration and social negotiation is encouraged among learners.

Google Docs Add-on: TWITTER CURATOR

Inquire and Inspire

Earlier this month I wrote a post on the value of integrating Twitter into classroom instruction and how Twitter can serve as the walls and halls of the 21 st Century. The Google Doc add-on Twitter Curator is the perfect tool in facilitating this process.

Use Twitter for Social Justice in the classroom.

Inquire and Inspire

Sometimes it feels like Twitter is just a fad in the classroom. I don''t think that should be the point of using twitter in education. To me a huge benefit of using twitter comes from connecting with others, learning and most of creating change.

The 2014 ASCD Annual Conference: There is Hope

Philly Teacher

Social Media and Connected Learning. This is a huge shift from two years ago when there were very few people tweeting at the conference and Twitter wasn’t widely considered a tool for schools and teachers (and students).

Keep up with Twitter conversations with Conweets

The Innovative Educator

Simply sign in via Twitter, enter the handles of two users and Conweets will display conversations. First you enter two Twitter handles. social media in education Twitter in Education Have you ever wanted to recall what you Tweeted with someone else or have an easy way to know what two tweeps have been tweeting about to each other? Some of you may have used Bettween for this, but unfortunately, they have ceased operations.

Twitter in the Classroom (Walls & Halls of the 21st Century)

Inquire and Inspire

There are a large number of ways that Twitter can be used in the classroom. This is especially so since there is no official age restriction when using Twitter. But what about those schools or school boards that restrict the use of Twitter for students.

Are You Ready for a New Twitter? It's HERE!

The Daring Librarian

I recently worked a few nights madly and happily Photoshopping & designing a new Twitter look for our school''s Twitter page! (it''s & best viewed on a big desktop screen) when I heard that they''re soon changing the look and design features of Twitter altogether!