Genius as an Alternative Social Media


” 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?

Professional Opportunities for Educators in 2014


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. This year, I was awarded the 2014 Pre-K - 12 MACUL Teacher of the Year Award. Connected Educators : Jackson, MI April 26, 2014 Right after Nebraska, I''m going to try to make it to the Connected Educators unConference in Michigan.

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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. To the contrary, says Luvelle Brown, superintendent of the Ithaca City School District in upstate New York and a 2014 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards winner, social media is the way. No denying it: social media has risks.

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


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. Advertisement for Family Reading Night at the school library media center. . My favorite way to use social media is to celebrate! Not ready for social media?

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

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.

Inspiring story of social media giving @CarlysVoice a #StuVoice

The Innovative Educator

Carly Fleischmann hadn''t communicated with many people before she started using social media. Today however, social media has opened the door to give this very social young lady access to connecting with tens of thousands of people around the world. In the video below, Carly shares, "The moment when I typed on social media for the first time a sense of belonging and a feeling of being heard came over me. social media in education

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. It is the job of innovative educators to ensure parents, colleagues, and administrators know how to embrace the power of social media and also how to address their concerns. social media in education

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

Twitter as a Tool For Academic Discourse

A Principal's Reflections

New Milford High School teachers Jessica Groff and Joanna Westbrook created a Common Core aligned English Language Arts (ELA) task that incorporated Twitter into their unit on Julius Caesar and built on content authentic to the Shakespeare''s history play – i.e. social media re-purposed with and for academic discourse. This step gave students a context and purpose for using Twitter with this particular play and in this particular way.

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

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. Now anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love Twitter as a professional learning and networking tool. Twitter has many positive attributes, but also a growing number of negative aspects. Even as Twitter still works great for me and others it is not the only player out there.

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Got Twitter? Make it Better! #TCEA14


At the 2014 TCEA Convention and Exposition , I presented a concurrent session called Got Twitter? I have presented several workshops over the past few years which introduce folks to using Twitter for professional learning, but have also wanted to share other tips and tools that have made my use of Twitter more productive. I assume folks reading this already know the basics of using Twitter and how to follow, Tweet, and Retweet. Participate in a Twitter chat.

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. As a principal nothing frustrated me more than watching the media latch on to any negative education story and run with it while ignoring so much amazing work taking place in schools each day. Social media allows us to take sole control of our public relations and tell our school stories consistently, accurately, and transparently.

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 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. Begin to strategically utilize an array of free social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to communicate important information (student honors, staff accomplishments, meetings, emergency information) to stakeholders in real-time.

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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.

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! SummerReading #beachreads Thank you Twitter fam & friends! Books seen on my iPad (Screenshots taken 2014). instagram suggestions summer reading trashy twitterSometimes I just want a trashy summer read.

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). If you''ve been reading my blog or follow me on Twitter you know that we broke up a few years ago. I think every Twitter user has some kind of formula for their Tweets. Twitter is a Conversation. But for me Twitter is a conversation.

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. Frequency: Daily 2) Social Media Facebook, Google Communities, Yammer, Edmodo and Twitter are my go to platforms to connect with other innovative educators inside and outside my district. Check em out and share yours.

#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. While many businesses use Twitter to blast out deals and connect with customers, it is evident that Twitter is a one-way street with Spirit Airlines. Liz Calderwood (@liz1544) June 27, 2014 Proof!

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. Part of building capacity and expertise with Twitter amongst students is helping them develop an understanding of effective tweets. The Google Doc add-on Twitter Curator is the perfect tool in facilitating this process.

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. Without hesitation I immediately went to my computer and sent out the news using the NMHS social media channels ( Facebook and Twitter ) as well as pushing the notice out using the official school app developed by Beeonics. Here are a few tips and ideas that have worked well for NMHS over the years: Create a school Twitter and Facebook page.

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?: Logically, then, we would expect that schools would follow suit in matching what is happening via the Internet to assist children and youth to function, learn, work, and play in a healthy, interactive, and pro-social manner in their societies-at-large.

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. If you focus particularly the recent #icantbreathe #T amirRice #blacklivesmatter issues and hashtags that have occurred in the United States are major issues of equity and social justice that pertain to many of our students.

The 2014 ASCD Annual Conference: There is Hope

Philly Teacher

Social Media and Connected Learning. On Saturday morning, during the “Saved by Twitter” session, I watched complete strangers huddle in groups to discuss social media, their use of Twitter, the challenges involved in using social media and I witnessed a few people send their first tweet or use a hashtag for the first time. conference edcamp PBL reflection social media technology

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. There is little doubt that social media and engaging in global and diverse conversations has brought many benefits to society at large, especially for our younger generation studied extensively by Ito and colleagues (2008). 2014). Living and learning with new media.

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. There is little doubt that social media and engaging in global and diverse conversations has brought many benefits to society at large, especially for our younger generation studied extensively by Ito and colleagues (2008). 2014). Living and learning with new media.

How Twitter influences the Common Core debate

eSchool News

Researchers track tweets to determine how social media plays into Common Core and educational debates. A new study endeavors to uncover how social media can impact education politics and how people view those issues, especially as they relate to the Common Core State Standards. Nearly 190,000 #commoncore tweets from almost 53,000 Twitter users were sent during the six month analysis. Common Core News Research Social Media Top News

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. For any teachers who find themselves in a similar situation, I''d like to recommend a system that you can adopt and promote within your school that makes use of Twitter in a safe and meaningful way.

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! When Twitter changed their profile look a few years ago, I was Gwynnie on the spot figuring out how to make it look cool & I shamelessly shared my tips , too! about how to be a Twitter Ninja!

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. It was a powerful combination of perception and stigma related to social media that convinced me it was a product of the devil that could only bring about harm and misfortune.

2014 Global Education Conference - Final Day!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Follow the conference through Twitter using the hashtag #globaled14. Mrs Fabiana Casella Social Media for Gender Equality: Exploring Popular Online Platforms for Mainstreaming Discussions on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities - Ramil Andag (BSE Social Studies) Student Achievement in a Global Community: Educators Fostering Transformative Actions in a Standardized System - Kate E.