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Leveraging Social Media in Higher Education to Connect Students and Give them Voice and Choice


Social media can be a powerful enabler for students as long as you follow good practices I recently sat with Ken Bauer and had a great chat about using social media in courses to achieve numerous.

Smartphone Photography Tips and Apps

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 197 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Smartphones are everywhere. Teachers are starting to use smartphones for photography, video and art. Mobile artist communities are growing.

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning. Mobile Learning is about self-actuated personalization. As learning practices and technology tools change, mobile learning itself will continue to evolve. As mobile learning is a blend of the digital and physical, diverse metrics (i.e.,

10 Way to Use Twitter for Fun Assignments, Projects, Class Work


Twitter can Bring a Contemporary, Fun Social Element to Topic Exploration, Research, Projects, and Other Classroom Activities Twitter, along with other social media platforms, is more often banned.

5 Tips for Integrating Ed-Tech Into Students’ Daily Lives

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

According to a Pew study , 78 percent of teens own a cell phone and almost half own smartphones. Where students go, smartphones go. And optimizing your software for smartphones first and foremost can guide you on this path. What kinds of social media do students use?

Digital Privacy is a Civil Right

Indiana Jen

There has been a lot of talk in the news about the weaponization of social media. What is often not discussed in these arguments is the interconnectedness of social media and digital, data privacy. Additionally, Park Mobile is not a government app.

Tools to Help Become a Tech Savvy Educator

A Principal's Reflections

21st Century Leadership Shift Happens (must see video for any educator unfamiliar with the tends and impacts associated with technology and social media. Principals can use social media for communication, public relations, branding, professional development, and opportunity.

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4 Factors to Consider When Debating Cell Phones in Schools - Guest Post

Educational Technology Guy

Content Recent reports indicate that moving learning into the mobile realm could open up pathways to explore new educational content. Social Connections Cell phones also facilitate social connection, which has its benefits even in a classroom setting.

On teens, their phones & shifting communications landscapes (new from Pew)


This week Pew Research Center released Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 , a report that should have relevance to all of us who work with young people. The researchers noted that teens are diversifying–71% of teens use more than one social network site.

Why your young students love e-learning


Social media channels provide the digital alternative for the “traditional” social life and support communication within online communities non-stop. They turn to other social media sites , like Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Yik Yak, or Twitter.

QR Codes Are NOT All Hype - So There!

The Daring Librarian

One of my fav members of my PLN on Twitter is Josh Stumpenhorst - this morning he posted this Tweet about an article on Social Media Today titled QR codes – Don’t Believe the Hype which got my blood boiling because it''s flawed logic - especially for educators!

How m-learning is transforming online education


That trend is called m-learning , otherwise known as Mobile Learning. Defined as a way to facilitate education through the use of devices like smartphones and tablets, m-learning is also a lot more than that. The rise of social networking as a learning tool.

Digitally agile research

Learning with 'e's

It's a book that provides essential reading for all academics in a time where digital, mobile and social media technologies are an increasingly important part of the research equation.

How K–12 Schools Can Use Next-Generation Content Filtering to Keep Students Safe

EdTech Magazine

School districts now must contend with an i ncreasingly mobile device-focused student body , a plethora of social media and other web apps , stealth attacks over encrypted traffic, as well as cloud-based SaaS applications,” notes Brian Patch of SonicWall. Twitter.

Friday 5 — 11.27.2015

Perry Hewitt

We had the #SlackDown maelstrom with an impressive social media save, fake Don DeLillo joined Twitter to announce a fake death, and then a real Jeff Bezos joined Twitter to announce a real disposable rocket launch.

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11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School

The CoolCatTeacher

Simple Updates to Your Classroom Procedures and Workflow sponsored by EdTech Software From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. and higher so you can connect Windows devices and Android smartphones to Miracast-compliant receivers.

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Library in Your Pocket

The Daring Librarian

The Library in Your Pocket: Mobile Trends for Libraries View more presentations from Meredith Farkas. From her slideshare: Why should we care about Mobile Devices? 32% of Americans have used a cell phone or Smartphone to access the internet this year (source: Pew, April 2009).

3 Reasons to get your Students Vlogging or Blogging This Year


These students, born at the onset of the smartphone in 1997, have never lived in a day where the answer to almost every question can be found in the blink of an eye. The use of mobile devices and computers are an integral part of every moment of their lives.

New learning environments: The challenge and the promise #EDENchat

Learning with 'e's

The last two decades alone have seen a rapid rise in popularity of the World Wide Web, smartphones, social media, social networks, augmented reality, wearable technologies and user generated content sites.

Top 5 Apps for Educational Administrators to Use

Educational Technology Guy

Social Media - Social Media is an excellent resource for administrators. I also think that all administrators should have a smartphone or tablet. This way, they can be mobile and still have access to their data, information, and resources and be able to communicate more effectively and efficiently with staff, students, and parents. Follow me on Twitter and Google+. I recently wrote about " My most used/favorite Apps and how I use them ".

Livestreaming and Podcasting in the Classroom

Do you need to have a desktop or laptop to get the most out of the platform, or would a smartphone work best? What social media do you use regularly for communicating with your students and parents? For instance, TwitCasting lets users stream video while commenting via Twitter.

Overcoming The Barriers To Better School:Home Communications

The Web20Classroom

It must be something that is constantly evaluated and refined to meet the ever-changing needs of a more mobile society. I often will look and the district calls and emails and texts, uses their website and social media and see simple things that could change.

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Teens using tech: the latest from Pew Research

Bryan Alexander

Smartphones follow, ahead of tablets. Race and technology : blacks and Latinos are more likely to use mobile devices and to use the internet in general than are whites. If we’re serious about reaching out to nonwhites, we must emphasize mobile.

23 Tools For Students To Publish What They Learn

TeachThought - Learn better.

Medium is a new blogging tool created by, Evan Williams , a co-founder at Blogger and Twitter. These notes can be done by just using a smartphone and can easily be shared to postachio. is another awesome tool where students can create and share infographics directly to Social Media.

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5 Must-have tools for Ed Conferences

Ask a Tech Teacher

Bring the latest version of the Google Maps app on your smartphone or iPad, complete with audio directions. apps for Twitter/FB/G+/LI–or whatever your social media of choice is. Many of these can be used on an iPhone, smartphone, or iPad.

What Does the Research Say About School Communications?

In “ Text, Twitter, Email, Call—What Do Parents Say About School Communications? ” Dr. Evans noted that the high texting preference did not change based on demographics like community type, poverty level, or education level, and that 95% of the parents said they had some kind of smartphone.

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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Connected pedagogy: Social networks

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Steve Wheeler In a previous post I outlined some of the metrics around the use of digital media, technologies and social networks. I wrote that: "The age of social technologies has radically transformed the way we live our lives, and that includes how we learn and teach.

Trends to watch in 2016: technologies

Bryan Alexander

Now there’s a bipartisan interest in cracking down on social media ( thank you Trump and Clinton ), plus a drive to weaken encryption so the NSA can have better eyes with which to see you. Mobile is where Google and Apple continue their bitter struggle.

International ed tech and pedagogical projects: notes from INTED 2017

Bryan Alexander

Social media: various projects making use of it, including having students write to Twitter in a new language, or inviting Chinese students in another country to use WeChat to improve their morale. Plotagon is easy, and the students used their smartphones.


ClassDojo - free classroom behavior system - announces iOS apps.

Educational Technology Guy

The free service also operates on the Web, allowing teachers to alternatively use a laptop, desktop computer, or any smartphone or tablet via Web browser. The platform has seen incredible viral growth with 20 thousand new teachers adopting the platform each month, as teachers spread ClassDojo by word-of-mouth and through social media channels. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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Giving a great presentation: some tips and advice

Bryan Alexander

Use Twitter to scope out attitudes and issues, starting with the event’s hashtag, and any tweets mentioning you (make sure to search for your Twitter handle and your name sans handle). Make sure your timepiece is operating, be it a watch, smartphone, or readout on a laptop.

Producing Infopics

Learning in Hand

I added text on top of the screenshot and shared the final product on Twitter and Facebook with a link to the video. Infopics are often created on a smartphone or tablet because it’s easy to snap a photo and use a combination of apps to edit, enhance, transform, and annotate the picture.

ISTE12: Let's Go to San Diego!

The Daring Librarian

One of the most exciting events of ISTE is sure to be the SIGMS Forum: Expanded Learning Opportunities: Using Social Media in the Library Seats are still available! If not, I''ll bring my own from last year! :-) I''m a Social Butterfly! Go Mobile! Exciting times ahead!