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The Summer of Social Media

Kyle Pace

One thing that I think summer is great for in terms of professional learning is investing the time to better understand how you can use social media as an educator. Social media can be used as a great communication tool for a district, school, or a classroom.

A Teacher’s Guide For Creating A School Twitter Chat

TeachThought - Learn better.

A Teacher’s Guide For Creating A Twitter Chat In Your School. A twitter chat is an amazing resource for professional development AND gives educators the option to participate in their PJs, from the comfort of their own home! Give twitter tips and archive chat.

Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Jodie Pierpoint on episode 243 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We’re in a situation now that we can jump on social media and share and grow with each other, and my goal is to be able to connect people.

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Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon on episode 190 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This year, we’ll have over a hundred presentations. Steve: Lucy’s our social media guru… Lucy: Yes there is.

3 Ways Teachers Can Say to Parents, “We Want To Be On the Same Team”

The CoolCatTeacher

Setting Up Your Classroom to Win From Day One From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Bloomz is free and definitely an upgrade to my previous parent communications method. Every Classroom Matters Podcast Social Media Teaching Tech Tips

Down with Twitter’s Project Lightning

Bryan Alexander

Twitter is apparently preparing a reboot. We don’t know how Lightning – I refuse to call it Twitter 2.0 – is actually structured and how it will really work once rolled out. Why is Twitter planning to shoot Lightning into the world? Twitter as tv.

Resources from 25 Presentations at Miami Device 2015

Learning in Hand

The conference featured awesome speakers, social gatherings, and quirky fun. Miami Device had an amazing collection of presenters, all speaking about hot education topics. Fortunately, some of the speakers have provided digital handouts and resources from their presentations.

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101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative

TeachThought - Learn better.

If there’s always a definitive right and wrong in your classroom then there won’t be much room for creative thought. Change how your lessons are presented, assess students in different ways, or give them new and unexpected challenges. Teaching classroom creativity social media teacher

How Young Activists Deploy Digital Tools for Social Change

Educator Innovator

NOTE: This blog post is part of Writing Our Civic Futures , a social annotation project with Marginal Syllabus. Middle Eastern and Muslim-American youth are creating new ways to use social media and other digital tools to find their voices, educate, and organize for social change.

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Being Connected is Not the Same as Connectedness #CEM15 #edtechchat

Reading By Example

We shared a laugh about the event that we would not have known without social media. A5: If schools leverage the power of @twitter @facebook @RemindHQ the rest of connectedness will take care of itself #satchatoc.

When A Technology Coordinator "Unplugs"

Tech Helpful

checking emails 3 times a day for correspondence and zero social media)- I decided I should start journaling the process. Checked emails once since this morning- no social media but I did realize I am still getting notifications. I have posted or scrolled social media.

11 ed-tech buzzwords and phrases to think about

eSchool News

At best, ed-tech buzzwords can serve as a sort of shorthand when conversing with like minds to quickly touch on relevant, universally-understood phenomena, perhaps with an eye toward saving precious Twitter characters to add additional insight.

The future is not here yet

Learning with 'e's

The biggest surprise for me so far has been social media: it is the biggest thing in the last ten years to hit the world of learning technology. You already mentioned social media as one of the most important technologies that have changed learning.

Fake News or Fact? How do you tell?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Now, there are dozens of channels, hundreds of newspapers, thousands of bloggers, and tens of thousands of social media journalists — all trying to get your attention with the latest apocalyptic news flash. There are no such laws in news media.

Animoby- Cool Whiteboard App for Creating Learning Resources

The Playground Advocate

I''ve been looking for a whiteboard app that is free, teacher-friendly, and does what it says it will do, and Animoby definitely fits the bill. I definitely like the ability to create multiple boards and then create presentations with my own voice as I move through the boards like slides.

Part 4: Facilitating Inquiry in the Classroom… Exploring Search Engines and Data Bases

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. I will be at Alan November’s BLC19 in Boston (July) presenting workshops and sessions to support educators and students. The Social Media Search Engine.

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Ideas and Tools to Give Everyone a Voice

A Principal's Reflections

Whether during a class, meeting, presentation, or workshop it can be at times extremely difficult to give everyone a voice. As I have transitioned to a major role as a presenter, I initially experienced the same struggles listed above. You can even integrate a Twitter hash tag.

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Building a Classroom Community by Having Parent Parties

The CoolCatTeacher

Tisha Shipley on episode 299 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Tisha: Most definitely. Tisha: Most definitely. I think you definitely do. Twitter: @tishashipley.

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Digital Literacy–What is it?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are a few of the definitions I found: “ the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet. This can be messaging, Twitter, or a dedicated forum. Social media. That’s social media.

Daily Motivations and More with Buncee!


My students have used Buncee to create presentations for project-based learning, to tell about their family or daily routine, talk about foods, to teach a lesson on augmented and virtual reality, or even just to create some “about me” Buncees to share with classmates as well as their global peers.

Summer 2017 Learning Series-3 Rules For Attending Any Conference

The Web20Classroom

We started with Twitter chats and how you can participate in real time or whenever you want. If you are a social media user or a blog reader you may have seen several posts related to getting more out of ISTE. All the advice you hear is great and definitely worth a follow.

5 Ways to Bring Sustainable Food Understanding into Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie Willcott on episode 285 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You definitely want to look at those enhanced Shownotes over on the blog. Twitter: @willcottjulie.

How to Assess Your District: The Global Challenge Project Case Study

The CoolCatTeacher

Mark Wise on episode 223 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Our middle school, like many other middle schools, have teams made up of Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math. Twitter: @wisemancometh.

Get Connected, Globally-#WISE2012

The Web20Classroom

But as an American, listening to a VP from Exxon Mobile talk about how we need to focus on Teacher Training and hear him talk about their efforts in that area, when I definitely don''t want business involved in that aspect of education, is a tough pill to swallow for me. As one panelist said, we have to think about the future as if it is the present when we think about change in education. Social media is a boundless space that allows for us to connect and learn, together.

Class Tech Tips: How To Tell Your School’s Story on Instagram with Spark Post


Earlier this year I had the chance to present at the Magnet Schools of America Conference in Chicago. The very first time I presented a session at a conference was the annual Magnet Schools Conference, so this year’s trip was definitely a highlight on my list of events.

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The role of technology in the PYP


Can provide access to a broad range of tools to store, organize and present their learning. I sent their questions to Greg over Twitter and, wonderfully, he created a video message for my students in order to answer them.

Need a New Job? Here’s What You Do

Ask a Tech Teacher

Definitely mention if you can teach robotics, drones, or programming languages. In this section, also include all of your social media contacts. I have four Twitter accounts and share the one appropriate to the circumstance.

Part 4: Facilitating Inquiry in the Classroom… Questions and Search Engines

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. The Social Media SeachEngine. Using Twitter can have its challenges.

How Young People Are Changing Civics, by Any Media Necessary

Educator Innovator

He explained how his parents immigrated to the United States when he was 3 years old, and detailed the difficulties of being undocumented, including being rejected from his dream university because he lacked a Social Security number.

5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

Aaron Maurer on episode 140 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Pay attention to the news, read the magazines or the blogs or the social media. Twitter: @ coffeechugbooks.

10 Tech Tools for Your Math Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Nearpod is described as a mobile app that allows teachers to create and share interactive multimedia presentations in 1-to-1 device classrooms. I once heard a colleague describe it to me as a very fancy PowerPoint presentation, but in my opinion, that is an overly simplistic description of it.

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STEM for in all Areas…. Ten Ideas to Transform STEM from Nouns to Verbs… and Facts to Thinking

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Before investigating this idea further, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Please pass this on through twitter, other social media, and within your PLC!

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Focusing on What Students Can Do

The Principal of Change

I had the privilege of speaking to middle school and high school students on the notion of “ Digital Leadership”, which I wrote a definition for in 2013 : Using the vast reach of technology (especially the use of social media) to improve the lives, well-being, and circumstances of others.

21 Things Every 21st Century Educator Should Try This Year (2018 Version)


Have a class twitter or Instagram account to post about the day’s learning Just like a blog only smaller. One of my Ed Techs ( Ashley Pampe ) actually created a “Social Media” team on her elementary campus. In 2014 I wrote what would be my most popular blog post ever.

Reform is Happening

A Principal's Reflections

Particularly gratifying for me was to see so many stakeholders from my District present on a Saturday including teachers, administrators, central office personnel, parents, and Board of Education members. Here are just a few of the highlights: Adam Bellow electrified the crowd with his presentation 10 Webtools to make your classroom rock ! From now until November 25th, Adam is running a social media charity drive and when anyone clicks on this link he will donate a penny to charity.

60 Tools to Inspire Students with Chromebooks – SULS009

Shake Up Learning

If you need any inspiration for tools to use, this is definitely the episode for you. So often, kids are given the same presentation tools over and over, and this tool can help educators break out of that box and offer an alternative to the traditional presentation.

How Much Screen Time Is Too Much for Kids?


And I’m definitely not seeing schools discontinuing their focus on effective use of technology. Anya Kamenetz, journalist and author , “The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life” : I'm not seeing any trend away from devices in the classroom. That context seems to be missing in our Twitter-verse right now. Heuston : Learning is social and always happens in the context of other people and other people's ideas.

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Three Ways to Use the Apple Teacher Program in Your District


There are no guides or play-by-play of what to do, and so we often turn to one another to share best practices such as twitter chats like #TosaChat. In the final stage, imagine taking the framework presented in the Apple Teacher Program and having teachers build upon it.

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When finished, share your completed story to Facebook or Twitter, via email or message, or copy and paste a link. Again, completed stories may be shared on Facebook or Twitter, emailed or embedded.

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Curation Situations: Let us count the ways


When my colleagues and I wrote our Social Media Curation Library Technology Report for ALA, we struggled with a definition. Along the way they experience collateral benefits of developing learning agility, building social capital and demonstrating creativity.