9 Web Tools for Creating Digital Magazines

Teacher Reboot Camp

My sisters and I spent several days creating various publications with construction paper and markers, including magazines. Now, creating a digital magazine is much easier. These web tools can be used to complete the Mission: Seek and Preserve the Truth in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions. Get your copy of Hacking Digital Learning , The 30 Goals Challenge , or Learning to Go. Class Magazine.

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Principles for school districts’ social media policies

Dangerously Irrelevant

This one is about some general guidelines and principles for school districts to consider as they formulate their social media policies. You can read the full article online or in AASA’s School Administrator magazine. Districts everywhere are doing everything they can to put digital tools into the hands of students and staff because of the powerful learning opportunities that they enable. Humans are inherently social and we make meaning together.

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Creative #SmartTeachingTips Using Scholastic Magazines


For nearly a decade, I’ve been using Scholastic News Magazines in my classroom. When Scholastic contacted me to see if I’d share some ways we use the magazines in our second grade classroom, I jumped at the opportunity. . Scholastic States… “We believe that students learn best when educational topics are made meaningful to them. But our magazines aren’t just for children. Share yours for how you use Scholastic magazines creatively in your classroom.

How people use social media to learn about current events: new research

Bryan Alexander

A growing number of Americans get their news through social media. Pew actually claims a majority of Americans get news from social media. Given social media’s continued expansion, we should expect its use for news-gathering to reach a real majority shortly. Facebook is the leader here, in terms of total American population, followed by Twitter and YouTube: Facebook is by far the largest social networking site, reaching 67% of U.S.

Engaging More Administrators in Using Social Media

The 21st Century Principal

How do we engage administrators more in using social media and in developing a Professional Learning Network? With all this negative publicity, it’s easy to see why administrators run in the other direction when someone tries to convince them to engage in social media. But the reality is that so much good can come from engaging in using social media on a professional level. What have I learned from using it?

A Gullible Population Is a National Security Issue

The CoolCatTeacher

Social media has not shown an ability to “self correct” perhaps because by its very nature, the responses can only be positive and thus, there is no self-correcting mechanism built into its algorithm. ” This means I can say, “I learned this at the War College.”

How to Quickly Create, Send, & Translate a Parent Newsletter

Teacher Reboot Camp

If you aren’t familiar with using Google then this might take some time investment at the beginning, but trust me learning to use Google Suites and Apps is the best teacher time and sanity saver! You can learn with education technology specialists who are Google Certified.

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Increasing the visibility and impact of our work

Dangerously Irrelevant

As a faculty member who has an outsized social media presence (53,000+ Twitter followers; video series with 100+ million views; one of the more visible education blogs in the world, etc.), Image credit: Social media class , mkhmarketing.

Tips for Successful Digital Parenting

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn what I do now to make the fall even more wonderful! His thought leadership around blended pedagogy has been published in Education Week, Ed-Tech Magazine, and The Learning Transformation: A Guide to Blended Learning for Administrators. All Grades Digital Citizenship Research Social Emotional Learning Social Media Society and Ethics Thought Leader Thursday

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


These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Webpage Comparison : Students examine two websites and select the one that they would use to begin research on gun control, assessing their ability to identify the strengths and limitations of websites for learning about political topics. Social Media Video : Students watch an online video and identify its strengths and weaknesses.

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. Tech & Learning - great resource for educators and administrators on educational technology. I go subscribe to the site and blogs and magazine. I use my tablet for browsing social media and watching Netflix and my Chromebook is my main work horse. I have a few apps and resources that I use on a daily basis.

Here’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what educators are clicking on like crazy

The CoolCatTeacher

These reflections and social media tips will help bloggers covering ISTE. I found this resource by Smashing Magazine when learning how to sketchnote. I’m creating a mailing list for people who want social media sharing tips. I plan to send 1-2 updates a month for those of you interested in social media tips. Social Media Tech TipsI analyzed thousands of tweets and this is what I found Your clicks tell a story.

The Best Twitter Chat For Teachers In 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

At their best, twitter chats are dynamic, digital, and easily curated cells of professional connected learning. Twitter is like reading a living, breathing magazine written by your peers that entertains and informs you while building your capacity as an educator. Featured Social Media Technology pd Professional development social media twitterThe Best Twitter Chat For Teachers In 2015. by TeachThought Staff.

Are Our Educators Prepared For Their Students?

My Island View

If there is one thing that I am sure of as an educator it is that rapid change greatly affects both what and how we learn. Both of these factors in education and our culture lead me to question if teachers are being properly prepared to teach students whose learning is affected by so many different influences? The past learning experiences of educators are so different from the current and evolving experiences of their students that relevance as an educator is extremely important.

Twitter Tips & Resources for Teachers


My Thoughts on Social Media - How I stay ''in the know'' - I was excited to wake up the other day and see that my Twitter video had been posted by my buddy, Jeff, on Edudemic. I''ve been fortunate enough to have guest blogged for him a few times and been featured in his very first iPad magazine. The Bedley Brothers invited me on their show last week to speak about social media.

6 Super Geeky Tech Tips for the New School Year

The Daring Librarian

(A version of this post was published in NEA Today Magazine - 5 Super Geeky Tips -So honored to have been invited to write again for them! If you want to go deeper with LinkedIn discussions and groups, and build a personal learning network that connects with other educators, you can! Get Polished Your social network profile is your best and most read professional bio on the web—so keep it polished, up-to-date, and consistent across all of your accounts.

Learning in the Making: The Role of the Educator as a Maker Educator

User Generated Education

I have been working with ASCD for the past few years to publish my book, Learning in the Making: How to Plan, Execute, and Assess Powerful Makerspace Lessons. The educator’s role has always been to model and demonstrate effective learning, but somewhere along the line, the educator’s major role became content and knowledge disseminator. Today, content is freely and abundantly available, and it is more important than ever to help learners in the process of how to learn.

We need a rethink

Learning with 'e's

There's a very useful and refreshing article by Tom Barrett in this week's TES Magazine entitled 'Education needs to plug into Web 2.0'. Those of us who are immersed in a world where the use of social media is so sustained, embedded and familiar, forget that many schools still ban the use of Web 2.0 Common sense indeed, but I would also add that schools should encourage and permit children to help teachers co-create the e-safety and school policies on social media use.

Tools for Designing Awesome Graphics

Teacher Reboot Camp

I started this blog 10 years ago, which was shortly after using Twitter and other social media tools to connect with educators. The majority of the visuals on this blog and that I share on social networks are designed on Canva.

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Summer Learning Activities That Students Will Actually Enjoy


Students can often miss out on opportunities that are both learning and entertaining to keep their brains engaged over the summer when there is an absence of ideas, activities, and support at home. Students can learn about science and develop measurement skills.

Keeping The Door Of Learning Wide Open

The Web20Classroom

This was a quote that appeared in a principals magazine in 1815. Unfortunately, there are teachers and administrators out there that still believe that the advancement of and use of technology in the classroom is detrimental to learning. While he might not think there is a legitimate purpose in for students using Social Media I can think of several reasons why our kids should be deeply involved in using social media and more generally, technology, in the classroom.

New Media Literacy Skills Empower Learners


Source: MediaOcracy Media Literacy Week just ended a little over a week ago. It could not have come at a more opportune time for our sixth- and seventh-graders to set up their Twitter accounts and participate in the KQED Do Now challenge called “ How Does Social Media Influence Our Political Values.” Does social media help or inhibit our ability to develop our own political values? Are your social media networks actually shrinking your worldview?

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Online Learning During COVID-19


In a recent edWebinar sponsored by Blackboard, Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, and Chris O’Neal, a former teacher and current Blackboard Solutions Engineer, shared front-line stories and tips to provide insight into how to ensure continuity of learning for our students during this unprecedented time. Three Phases of Online Learning. Tips and Strategies for Effective Online Learning. The post Online Learning During COVID-19 appeared first on edWeb.

Whose Land? Understanding Indigenous Peoples Through Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

In 2008, he was named by Contribute Magazine as one of 10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. 5 Ways to Amp Up STEAM Learning in the Classroom. Pay attention to the news, read the magazines or the blogs or the social media. And what I mean by that is what happens is that we lose the spirit of being a kid… and getting back to the essence of how exciting learning can be.

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative

TeachThought - Learn better.

One way to get your brain thinking creatively is to start learning about things that excite you. Read, learn, and challenge your own mind to keep it sharp. Demonstrate the importance of reading (books, magazines, newspapers, or even comics) to kids. Many kids are so afraid of failure that they’re unwilling to take risks in how they approach learning new things. Help them learn to work in productive, supportive groups. Then learn!

Why Teachers and Students Need to Learn about Their Brains in the Digital Age

EdNews Daily

But don’t we all do skim reading at times, even with a magazine, a newspaper, or a textbook? We don’t learn deeply from what we skim. We can learn deeply from what we spend mental effort on in the reading process. Here it is helpful to remember that learning is a biological process – the making and strengthening of connections among neurons in the brain into neural networks or maps. And what happens to our ability to think and learn when we are in a state of panic?

25 Social Networks/Media Sites for Education

Technology Tidbits

"A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called "nodes," which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency , such as friendship , kinship , common interest, financial exchange, dislike, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige. Wikipedia )" Since I last posted on Social Networks over a year ago, a number of new ones have been introduced that can be a huge benefit to education.

Giving Up Privacy or NOT in the Digital World

Tech Helpful

For the last few weeks I've been given opportunities of learning that have made me rethink technology in a number of ways. In fact, I might possibly own it in an obsessive way at times but I feel that's part of my responsibility of being a key player and decision maker regarding digital learning at our school. A few weeks ago I downloaded an app called Vero- it's self-touted as a social media app with the tagline "Less social media, more social life.

Creating Real Opportunities for Student Leadership

The CoolCatTeacher

Adam was Principal of the Year for his region, a 20 To Watch for the National School Board Association, guest blogger for EdWeek, NAESP magazine, and many other publications. Adam is passionate about technology integration with all educators and a huge advocate of social media and connecting with other educators from across the country.

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. Contrast this with my first day back at school: I started the week by leafing through the latest issue of EdTech: Focus on K-12 magazine. A1 rendering the power of digital tools to improve teaching, learning and connectedness in our now flat world #satchatOC. Many of us view this concept through the lens of social media and online networks.

How to be a Teacher Librarian Rock Star

The Daring Librarian

Sometimes though, you can't change a situation but you have to learn to graciously accept it - and then work around it cleverly. The school’s reputation as a place of learning and your reputation as an educator. 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?

7 Simple Steps for a Digital Detox

The Daring Librarian

(This is the full original version of the article I wrote for NEA Today Magazine - So, if your quote or mention doesn't make the mag or their webpage, you know it wasn't me! I did a very unscientific Twitter poll (click or see below), and I asked my Education Personal Learning Network (PLN) friends if they sleep with their phones and was surprised by the many responses. We all learn together! I want to learn from you!

Tips for Encouraging Learners of All Ages to Read

Teacher Reboot Camp

He received a free copy of my book, Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. Get your copy of Hacking Digital Learning , The 30 Goals Challenge , or Learning to Go.

#LearningIs symbolic

Learning with 'e's

How do you represent your learning? Many keep libraries of books, journals and other media on their shelves, used for reference to remind them of theories, principles or methods they wish to recall. Some represent their learning through their conversations , both face-to-face and virtually through social media, with their colleagues, scholarly friends and associates. For me, another powerful representation of my personal learning can be found in public speaking.