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7 Tips for Using Social Media for Professional Development

Ask a Tech Teacher

Tell me if this sounds familiar: With the 2016 New Year, you resolved to build your Professional Learning Network –finally, to stop living in the 20th century where your world revolved around a sticks-and-bricks building, a landline phone, and the mailbox. You joined all the big social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, blogging–just for starters). Only accept or seek friends who are in your professional area of interest.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Social Media

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The drawbacks of social media are well-documented—like anonymous trolls posting negative comments just to spark controversy. However, said Jamie Knowles, Senior Manager of Educator Professional Learning Programs at Common Sense Media, social media also has the ability to help users share their stories and shed a positive light on their activities. Student misuse: Common Sense Media’s research shows students report social media can be a distraction.

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Gamify Your Professional Learning at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference!

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Covina-Valley Unified School District teachers having way too much fun learning about Quizizz at a CUE Launch event. Professional learning can and should be fun! At this year’s CUE 2016 Fall Conference, we are working hard to make the attendee experience even more engaging and enjoyable than years past. Participants will be asked to capture the collaboration and connectivity of the #fallcue experience in the streamlined Chrome Warrior gamified learning environment.

What Would Abe Lincoln’s Social Media Campaign Look Like? A New Classroom Use For Twitter and Facebook

Edsurge

During the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama and his team pioneered the use of social media as a powerful campaign tool. It’s easy to forget, given how commonplace the use of social media is today, that back in 2008. sending out reminders and raising money on Twitter while interacting with people on Facebook was a huge deal. Both Twitter and the iPhone were less than a year old. What would Twitter posts from the Lincoln campaign look like?

6 Ways to Use Twitter To Enhance In-School Professional Learning

The Principal of Change

Here is a tweet I received from Jamie Sweeney on using Twitter to “enhance professional development” : Thinking about ways I might use Twitter to enhance staff development…any ideas? Jamie Sweeney (@MrsJSweeney) June 5, 2016. Connecting globally is really powerful, but how do we use this medium in a way to enhance professional learning and empower the voice of teachers in our own building. Assessment of professional learning days.

8 things Twitter savvy educators do to improve learning

eSchool News

When it comes to useful PD, more educators are turning to Twitter to grow learning networks in 140 characters. These days, it’s hard to meet an educator who hasn’t heard of Twitter. While some might question if the social media platform can help with professional development (PD), there are others who know just how much potential rests in 140 characters.

Supplement Your Professional Learning with edWeb

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His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. Eric has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his work, including being chosen by TIME Magazine as one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds in 2014. Follow Eric on Twitter @E_Sheninger. Since 2009 I have been a huge believer and advocate for connected learning and the formation of Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s).

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

These concerns are real and often become roadblocks for student learning. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation. With the new year now upon us, listed below are six edtech resolutions for 2016. With school budgets being planned on a year over year basis, the concern over long-term sustainability for digital learning arises.

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Five Ways for Teachers to get Started on Twitter – From Jen Carey

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Social Media and education have a complicated relationship. As such, many administrators have actively cautioned teachers against the use of Social Media, and many educators themselves have condemned Social Media as a mere distraction to education. Let’s take Twitter as an example. If you’re unfamiliar with Twitter, it’s a microblogging platform. In the last few years, Twitter has emerged as a powerful platform for educators.

5 Ways for Teachers to get Started on Twitter

Indiana Jen

Social Media and education have a complicated relationship. As such, many administrators have actively cautioned teachers against the use of Social Media, and many educators themselves have condemned Social Media as a mere distraction to education. Let’s take Twitter as an example. If you’re unfamiliar with Twitter, it’s a microblogging platform. In the last few years, Twitter has emerged as a powerful platform for educators.

5 Ways for Teachers to get Started on Twitter

Indiana Jen

Social Media and education have a complicated relationship. As such, many administrators have actively cautioned teachers against the use of Social Media, and many educators themselves have condemned Social Media as a mere distraction to education. Let’s take Twitter as an example. If you’re unfamiliar with Twitter, it’s a microblogging platform. In the last few years, Twitter has emerged as a powerful platform for educators.

Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

This led me to consider making some professional connections out of necessity. I realized as an adult learner that I learned best through collaboration and that collaboration could only take place if I was in some way connected with other educators. It was considered a social media application for professionals. Through LinkedIn I discovered Twitter. Twitter was more in real-time. I used Twitter only for educators.

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LinkedIn for Students: Find or Be Found – from Sabba

EdTechTeacher

If we want to empower students to find jobs they love instead of settling, they should have two things prepared before they graduate: A digital portfolio and a professional network. LinkedIn , the world’s largest professional network with hundreds of millions of members, provides everyone an opportunity to develop a digital portfolio and a professional learning network. Creating a Professional Learning Network. Everyone is on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

This led me to consider making some professional connections out of necessity. I realized as an adult learner that I learned best through collaboration and that collaboration could only take place if I was in some way connected with other educators. It was considered a social media application for professionals. Through LinkedIn I discovered Twitter. Twitter was more in real-time. I used Twitter only for educators.

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Our Students

The Principal of Change

Talk to many high school teachers trying to have students learn in different and more compelling ways, shifting away from a traditional classroom. When we condition kids at a young age to get a reward for learning, they become accustomed to this, but the sticker they got in grade 1, is not going to cut it in grade 9. Do we create experiences where kids see the learning as the benefit, or learning is something they need to be externally rewarded for?

Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

This led me to consider making some professional connections out of necessity. I realized as an adult learner that I learned best through collaboration and that collaboration could only take place if I was in some way connected with other educators. It was considered a social media application for professionals. Through LinkedIn I discovered Twitter. Twitter was more in real-time. I used Twitter only for educators.

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3 Ways to Expand Your PLN This Summer

Indiana Jen

When it finally arrives, summer is an important time for busy educators and allows them to relax, recharge, and often work on honing their craft in both formal and informal professional development. With the more flexible work schedule of the summer, it is also a great time to build up your Professional Learning Network (PLN) — especially one that expands beyond the walls of the classroom. Here are a few resources to help you do just that: Build your PLN on Twitter.

3 Ways to Expand Your PLN This Summer

Indiana Jen

When it finally arrives, summer is an important time for busy educators and allows them to relax, recharge, and often work on honing their craft in both formal and informal professional development. With the more flexible work schedule of the summer, it is also a great time to build up your Professional Learning Network (PLN) — especially one that expands beyond the walls of the classroom. Here are a few resources to help you do just that: Build your PLN on Twitter.

Creating Change

The Principal of Change

Creating better ways for our kids and ourselves to learn. Things such as Genius Hour, Innovation Week/Day, Identity Day, Maker Spaces, EdCamps, Flipped Classrooms, revamped professional learning opportunities, using social media to create powerful opportunities for learning, and a myriad of other empowering ways to learn, are things that didn’t exist when I went to school.

Accelerating Great Teaching and Learning

The Principal of Change

March 8, 2016 Finding the Good Problems November 25, 2015 Would you tweet that? February 13, 2016 Finding a Way December 6, 2014 3 Ways Social Media Can Improve School Culture June 7, 2016 6 Ways to Use Twitter To Enhance In-School Professional Learning. Leading a Learning Community Managing School Operations and Resources Educational Leadership innovative leadership innovative teaching and learning social media in education

Beautifully Out of Reach

The Principal of Change

This lovely woman came up to me during my session the other day, and talked about how she just signed up for Twitter. I shared with her that just by signing up for Twitter and creating her own account, she had actually moved ahead of others in the same room that had been on Twitter for a long time, but weren’t necessarily trying anything new on this day.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Claims on Twitter : Students read a tweet and explain why it might or might not be a useful source of information. Social Media Video : Students watch an online video and identify its strengths and weaknesses.

Show Solidarity with Words & Actions

The Jose Vilson

Kaden Pagani, 8, left, and his brother Kingston, 6, carry signs as they march down Broadway toward Frank Ozawa Plaza during a Black Lives Matters protest in Oakland on Thursday, July 21, 2016. I am here to tell you that while educators dominate the Twitter-sphere with their skyrocketing number of tweets, only a small fraction of those tweets are dedicated to discussions on racism, social justice, inequity, Islamophobia, homophobia and prejudice.

The 2016 Global Education Conference Call for Proposals is Now Open

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Global Education Conference will take place around the clock during International Education Week ( November 13-16, 2016 ) featuring thought leaders from the world of education and beyond. Our Mission The mission of this conference is exclusively focused on globally connected teaching and learning. Participants are encouraged to learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!

Things to Do In Denver When You’re Ed- an ISTE Look

CUE

Download the ISTE 2016 Mobile Ap p – Everything you need to navigate, sync, gamify, and stay up-to-date with everything ISTE 2016 has to offer is there. Get your group texts, social media tags , broadcast channels, etc. Finally a chance to meet your twitter friends, shake their hands, and notice how much taller they are than you imagined. . A favorite of mine is being able to put your hands on some of the latest learning and teaching technologies.

The 3 Hottest Posts Innovative Educators Are Reading

The Innovative Educator

The post shares solutions to three problems: Educator isolation, lack of funding for professional learning, and the need for student and teacher friendly guidelines for using technology. Rounding out the top is Social Media Becomes Key to Forming An Educator Learning Community. Entry Pageviews 6 Skills Students Today Must Develop Sep 28, 2016 3970 3 Innovative Solutions to Combat #EdTech Issues.

Hope of a Black – Latino Educator (Evolution)

The Jose Vilson

Prep period, professional learning community time. You’re reading the news on social media. Not Twitter / Facebook or any number of spaces you’re involved in. Come here. Please take a seat with me and let’s talk about evolution. Your morning routine hasn’t changed in years. You roll swiftly out of bed, but your eyes have barely opened yet. You’re thinking about your students before you’re done brushing your teeth.

The 7 pillars of today’s digital leadership

eSchool News

School and district leadership isn’t about a position or title–it’s about improving practices around digital learning. If educators want to see results in student engagement and achievement, they must adapt their leadership practices to an increasingly digitally-focused learning environment. Those pillars focus on how school leaders can ensure that their policies and practices highlight the best examples of digital learning success in schools.

US Edtech Policy Conversations Amidst Coronavirus Concerns with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter What is happening at the US policy level with the coronavirus health crisis? Advancement Courses has a free micro-course – Launching Online Learning. His best-selling book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today , co-authored with Eric Sheninger and published by ASCD, was released in June 2017. You can connect with Tom on social media.

5 Questions to Help People Embrace Meaningful Change

The Principal of Change

Powerful Learning First, Technology Second (What is the type of learning that we want to see in our schools, and what resources will support this learning in our schools?). Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences for Educators (When people wake up for a professional learning day, are they looking forward to the learning, or the hour lunch?). What is the “clear” vision for learning in your school? Powerful Learning First, Technology Second).

Donors Choose YOU - Top 10 Tips to Fund Your Project

EdTechTeam

The more I learned, the bigger I dreamed. I requested the materials needed for an over the top language lab to support the learning of English Language Learners. Within one month from learning about Donors Choose , my students were receiving innovative materials and I became a man obsessed with getting them even more! I shared projects on every social media platform I could. If you need help, connect with me on Twitter: @mrdearybury1.

Change happens. You can either do it, or it will be done to you.

The Principal of Change

When I start many of my talks or sessions, I encourage people to go to devices and provide them spaces either through hashtags on Twitter or Google Docs. ” This is understanding that there is an insane amount of opportunity in bringing these devices into the fold to further learning during, after, and sometimes even before the face-to-face learning happens. How have you implemented opportunities for learning with devices in your own professional learning?

To Flip or Not to Flip? That is the Question!

Fractus Learning

Canadian philosopher and author Marshall McLuhan introduced the popular phrase “ the medium is the message ” in his groundbreaking book Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man in 1964. Social media has connected friends and family across the globe, but it has quickly become a tool for bullying and narcissism. Mediums also have the ability to shape our learning experiences, memories, and comprehension.

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?3 Types of Summer PD That Won’t Sacrifice Your Vacation

Edsurge

After a Master’s degree, 120-plus credits, and 30 years in education, I now understand that whatever I do and wherever I go, I am happiest when I’m learning. And if I can find an opportunity that allows me to further my learning without sacrificing my summer vacation—or better yet, enhances it—you can bet I’m going to be the first to sign up. The nice thing about summer learning is choice. Personalized Learning Through Gaming.

Creating Bridges

The Principal of Change

Good professional learning will give you lots of ideas on what you can do with your students on “Monday” Great professional learning will make you think about how you teach every day. But to do this, I have to be open to challenge my own learning. Here was a teacher, in July, spending her own time, to learn about what I was sharing. We can bemoan political gridlock and a divisive media all we want.