Overcoming Social Media Fears

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with Dr. Amy Fast at one of our Future Ready Institutes. The reality is that UGLY THINGS DO HAPPEN that involve our schools and social media; so the natural fears for some, are certainly understandable.

Michelle Luhtala Wins AASL Social Media Superstars Award


edWeb is so excited to congratulate Michelle Luhtala, department chair at New Canaan High School Library in Connecticut, for being selected as a 2017 AASL Social Media Superstars winner ! I’m the founder of edWeb.net and had just started our social network for educators.

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Informing your PD efforts: New ISTE Standards for Educators and Future Ready Frameworks


There are some new Future Ready Frameworks in town as well. You likely already know about Future Ready Schools and the Future Ready Pledge. And, you are likely already very familiar with the Future Ready Librarians framework released last year.

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

From Providence, Rhode Island to Phoenix, Arizona, I’ve had the privilege to travel and work with over 2,300 district leaders from almost 500 school districts over the past year through the Future Ready Initiative. Resources: Data Quality Campaign (stat source) & Future of Privacy Forum ). Districts can take advantage of the Future Ready Dashboard , a systemic planning tool, free for district leaders to help them develop deep action plans in a variety of key areas.

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Why Twitter Will Never Connect All Educators.

My Island View

Quite honestly the world is changing so rapidly, we do not know the “what” it is that they will need to know for their future. The best we can do to help them is to focus on the “how” to learn for the future, and they will determine the “what” based on their specific needs at that time. We can have every educator in the country sign a future ready pledge, but if they have no understanding of what future ready means to them personally, it will be another wasted initiative.

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


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. Social studies teachers will adore these!

Celebrate Digital Learning Day & Get Your School #FutureReady with @All4Ed & @OfficeofEdTech! #DLDay


Future Ready Schools Preparing Students for Success I''m honored to be a part of this year''s annual Digital Learning Day held in Washington D.C. In years past, I''ve followed the event closely from Twitter and through the resources attendees shared out during the conference.

Events + News - Future Ready Online Summit Today - ISTE Unplugged - Unawards - Homeschooling the Teenage Years

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Two Week Calendar Wednesday, June 24th from 11am - 7:15pm EDT Future Ready Virtual Summit: 2015 School Leadership Summit , Future Ready Schools: 2015 School Leadership Summit will be held online using Google Hangouts on Air. Are you ready to learn more?

Events + News - This Month in School Libraries - ISTE Unplugged - Future Ready Virtual Event - Global Ed Day

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

You can follow us on Twitter at #liveclass20. Wednesday, June 24th from 11am - 7:15pm EDT Future Ready Virtual Summit: 2015 School Leadership Summit , Future Ready Schools: 2015 School Leadership Summit will be held online using Google Hangouts on Air.

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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Mississippi’s Columbia School District Selects Discovery Education to Support Innovative Before- and After-School Programs for All Students


CSD’s educators will also be supported by the Discovery Education Community as they transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Explore the future of education at.

9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District

Tom Murray

From professional learning modules to social media, opportunities for learning through high quality digital content must be available for both teachers and kids. Social media and technology tools offer global networks of educators looking to connect and grow professionally.

9 New Teacher Survival Tips

The Daring Librarian

Fierce & Future Ready 7. Google terms like "your subject area, your level, lesson plan, unit, & rubric" you can also later add in search terms like "future ready," "framework," "technology integration," or "printables." That's a lot of ready's!)

How to be a Teacher Librarian Rock Star

The Daring Librarian

Is your library and program focused on: lifelong reading and literacy, creativity, constructivist learning, making, is it future ready, brain centered, participatory, transparent, positive, and becoming a vibrant and active learning commons?

Not “Just” a Teacher: Finding Your Voice as a Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Brianna Hodges on episode 154 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. One day, Bri, you woke up and you were getting ready to testify in front of, I believe, the Texas State Legislature, right?

Take a Shelfie Not a Selfie

The Daring Librarian

You know what's great about having a professional Twitter & Instagram ? Social Media shy? Frankly, when I scan over a librarians or teachers social media timeline and it's a lot of pics of themselves? Thought I kinda hint at that in my Twitter profile, right?

How Do You Maintain Balance?

Tom Murray

I love our work at Future Ready Schools. I struggle to not check Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, dozens of times a day. Jessica Cabeen joins Tom for this #LeadershipMinute.

The case for strategic planning


Faced by the ever-intimidating blank page, as they began to plan, the librarians decided to use a template based on the Future Ready Librarians initiative to document their practice and progress. Explore social media, especially Twitter.

Top 10 Tips for Launching Your Makerspace


Make sure the project includes elements that help define your library as a Future Ready program. EXPAND YOUR NETWORK Through social media, you can build a fantastic network of free information and expertise. On Twitter, follow and interact with makerspace experts.

@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Jon Corippo on episode 92 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Twitter handle: @jcorippo. Contact Jon: jcorippo@cue.org Twitter: @ jcorippo. Not every kid is ready for the timer.

Texas’ Richardson Independent School District Selects Discovery Education to Support New STEM Education Initiative


May 16, 2018) – Texas’ Richardson Independent School District (RISD) today announced it has selected Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to support the district’s new, three year “Future Ready: STEM for All” initiative.


Are You Prepared For The Future Of Social Learning?

TeachThought - Learn better.

Are You Prepared For The Future Of Social Learning? A formula detailing a chemical reaction, or the new math behind a social media outreach strategy? Social platforms have completely redefined the way people create, search and consume content.

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School Librarian as your Information Overload Superhero!


With easy access to websites, blogs, online PD, webinars, YouTube, workshops, and social media, finding digital resources is not hard to do. For more information on the leadership, role librarians must take in the area of curating digital resources and tools, empowering students as creators, and building instructional partnerships visit Future Ready Librarians and follow #futurereadylibs on Twitter. Ugghh, help, I can’t keep up!

Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools Selects Discovery Education to Drive Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning Initiative in all Middle Schools and High Schools


In addition, HSC’s new partnership with Discovery Education also supports the district’s Future Ready Preps initiative. This vision also extends to high schools through the Future Ready Institutes. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc.,


Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap


Artificial intelligence (AI), social media, and the affordability of devices for learning are shaping what we can expect as the future of learning. She is also a national advisor for the Future Ready Instructional Coaches Strand.

Skyward Honors 2018 Leader in Excellence Winners at iCon


Based on the theme “Passport to the Future,” the conference brought together attendees and Skyward leaders to discuss how districts can leverage education technology to put their future-ready district on the map. STEVENS POINT, Wis.

Global Collaboration Day + First Ever Online Global Ed Fair

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Please share multimedia, reflections, ideas, and comments on social media. Our Twitter handle is @GlobalEdCon and we are using the hashtag #globaled17. We will be monitoring social media for questions and will be posting announcements on Twitter.

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.



Never before have we had truly effective tools for synchronous conferencing and media-rich asynchronous group discussion. Shannon McClintock Miller, Teacher Librarian and Future Ready Librarian Spokesperson, who was at the ECIS event, shared: I couldn’t be more excited about #inTLchat!

#ICE18: Redesigning a Classroom Is Not About Being “Pretty for Pinterest”

EdTech Magazine

It’s imperative that classroom design is driven by the desire to create personal and authentic learning experiences for students,” says Tom Murray, director of innovation for Future Ready Schools , a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education. “It’s Social media is like a giant search engine that we can tap any time. Around this time, I first got on Twitter. Twitter. #ICE18: Redesigning a Classroom Is Not About Being “Pretty for Pinterest”.

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5 Fun Reasons to Have a School Library Photo Booth

The Daring Librarian

Destination The cool thing about a photo booth it creates yet ANOTHER reason for kids to flock to the Library Media Center. Positive engagement equals a positive opinion of the Library Media Center. Twitter Example: #MHMSMd , #CelebrateHCPSS , #HCPSS , #HoCoMd , and #Maryland.

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Dr. Faye Miller, University of Canberra/Human Constellation - Digital Research Consultancy How Online Tutoring Programs have Developed Global Citizens , Kasey Beck, President, Invictus Institute HOW TO COMBINE MEDIA ARTS AND EXCHANGES IN GLOBAL LEARNING.

10 Edtech people to watch in 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]


A blogger , speaker, author, technology advocate and prominent voice in social media, Rafranz Davis aims to bridge the digital divide in schools. You know the saying “The only constant is change”. Life means change, and every aspect of life is affected by it.

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Literacy in the Digital Age: 9 Great Speaking & Listening Tools

Educator Innovator

The traditional application of ELA isn’t enough for future-ready learners. We would argue our students read and write more now than they ever have before—between texting, social media, gaming, and everything else they do in their digitally fueled, online lives. With this tool, students can download their recording, link to a QR code, or share via email and social networks. Follow her on Twitter: @NatalieFranzi.