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.

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.

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Can Educators Ignore Social Media Any Longer?

My Island View

A lingering general question hanging over the heads of all has been what effect does social media have on our society? That answer has never been so evident as it has been today as social media tools have been placed directly in the hands of the President of the United States, as well as foreign operatives. Social media is a very powerful tool that can have a lasting effect on what people do, and how they do it.

The Summer of Social Media

Kyle Pace

It’s also a time that educators can give adequate time to new learning opportunities. 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. If you want to learn more about project based learning , you’ll find it there.

How does social media fit into the classroom?

eSchool News

Social media is increasingly used for teachers’ professional learning, but teachers seem more hesitant to use it as a learning tool with students, according to a survey from the University of Phoenix and Harris Poll. Sixteen percent of the 1,000 K-12 teachers in the survey said they use social media in the classroom, and 28 percent said they do not, but would like to. Next page: Are teachers afraid of conflicts with social media use?).

Supplement Your Professional Learning with edWeb

A Principal's Reflections

Since 2009 I have been a huge believer and advocate for connected learning and the formation of Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). Now don't get me wrong, I still highly value face-to-face experiences, as there are some natural limits to learning exclusively in a social media vacuum. As digital technology continues to evolve, educators now have numerous options to connect, learn, and grow in both formal and informal ways.

What is Collaboration for Professional Learning?

My Island View

After being involved in social media for over a decade, I have made a few observations that might be helpful to folks who use social media, more specifically Twitter, to develop and maintain a Personal Learning Network. I started my Twitter account with a plan and focus to use it to develop collegial sources for my professional learning. Using Twitter for professional learning requires a collaborative mindset.

7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

When I got connected on social media, my lens was expanded and I became aware of more organizations, as well as their supporting tools and resources. This is the second post in a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide.

Developing SEL Competencies Through Technology

A Principal's Reflections

As I write this post, many have begun the year with remote learning, while others have opted for a hybrid model where a certain amount of kids are still learning at home. Over the past few months, many kids turned to digital tools such as social media or games to pass the time.

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! Participants will be asked to capture the collaboration and connectivity of the #fallcue experience in the streamlined Chrome Warrior gamified learning environment. Additionally, we know that social media plays a large role in growing collaboration and connectivity at conferences and beyond.

What is todays State of Teacher Professional Learning? | @CorwinPress

TeacherCast

In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast we sit down with Mike Soules and Dr. Sonja-Hollins Alexander from Corwin to discuss a recent surgery of more than 6300 educators on the state of professional development in schools today. The post What is todays State of Teacher Professional Learning? | @CorwinPress appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. The 7 Standards of Professional Learning. What is Professional Learning? *

Latest Updates to Discovery Education’s Flexible K-12 Platform Keeps All Learners Connected to Engaging Content, Instructional Strategies, and Professional Learning

eSchool News

Discovery Education today announced a series of updates to its flexible, award-winning K-12 learning platform that will keep teachers and students connected to the service’s engaging content, instructional strategies, and professional learning resources wherever learning is taking place.

Finally, Definitive Manual for School Leaders on Engaging in Using Social Media

The 21st Century Principal

In their new book, Why Social Media Matters: School Communication in the Digital Age , authors Kitty Porterfield and Meg Carnes write: “Skill in communication is a key ingredient for school leaders’ success in today’s complex education environment, and this communication now includes social media.” As these author’s suggest, school leaders “can either learn to use these powerful tools or stand hopelessly by and the information good and bad swirls around them.”

What is todays State of Teacher Professional Learning? | @CorwinPress

TeacherCast

In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast we sit down with Mike Soules and Dr. Sonja-Hollins Alexander from Corwin to discuss a recent surgery of more than 6300 educators on the state of professional development in schools today. The post What is todays State of Teacher Professional Learning? | @CorwinPress appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. The 7 Standards of Professional Learning. What is Professional Learning? *

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?

I Wonder If This Social Media Thing Will Ever Catch On?

The Web20Classroom

Last weekend I finished up a week of speaking and leading professional development by attending NTCamp in Philadelphia.The purpose was to try and give new teachers a jump start on their year by talking about issues that they might face in their first years and to give them ideas on how to make it and stay in the profession. There were sessions about assessment, technology, professional development and others. Social Media. All possible because of social media.

Preservice Teacher Virtual Co-Op Program

The CoolCatTeacher

This program not only helps her preservice teachers learn while doing authentic work, but it helps teachers get help for their classrooms. For over 30 years, Advancement Courses has been a leader in professional development, providing expertly-crafted, classroom-applicable courses to thousands of teachers across the country. Click to learn about Advancement Courses Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District

Tom Murray

The notion of “effective professional learning” is something that has been discussed for decades. A comparison in the philosophies of today’s school districts yields results that falls across a continuum of who controls the learning. Although recent studies indicate that the top-down, one-size-fits-all, hours-based, sit and get approach to professional learning shows little-to-no impact on student achievement, many districts continue down this path.

Social Media Becomes Key to Forming An Educator Learning Community #CDEtop30

The Innovative Educator

While the library was a wonderful place to work, I longed for a community with which I could share ideas and learn. As the director of Digital Engagement and Professional Learning at the NYCDOE I was thrilled to be given permission by my forward-thinking supervisor Jane Pook to do the job of ensuring educators were engaged and connected. Some districts fear social media, but ours embraces it. Gone is the negativity associated with social media.

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

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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. But Obama’s use of mobile devices and social media changed political campaigns forever. Now, imagine what earlier campaigns might have looked like if social media tools had been available.

Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor. Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works.

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Supplement Your Professional Learning with edWeb

edWeb.net

His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. Since 2009 I have been a huge believer and advocate for connected learning and the formation of Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). Now don’t get me wrong, I still highly value face-to-face experiences, as there are some natural limits to learning exclusively in a social media vacuum. This post was written by Eric Sheninger.

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Professional Learning (Part 2)

The Principal of Change

(This is the second of two parts on professional learning. Connected Learning. Rationale: The opportunities for learning in our world today are immense and we need to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to us. This has a major impact in our learning today. What I have started to notice is that you can see some major benefits of being connected in the classroom for the learning environment of our students. Connected Learning.

5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

The CoolCatTeacher

If you don’t “get” why technology is important, or know people who don’t, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. Idea #1: Use Formative Data to Improve Learning. Learn about AR and VR.

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 school budgets being planned on a year over year basis, the concern over long-term sustainability for digital learning arises. Commit to Personalized Professional Learning. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

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Stop Ignoring Google+

A Principal's Reflections

In case you didn''t know there are thousands of educators and an array of learning communities over at Google+. From my point of view educators become quickly attached to one specific social media tool as their go to source for his/her Personal Learning Network (PLN). Now anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love Twitter as a professional learning and networking tool. Nor should it be considered the best learning option for all.

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Tips for Using Social Media with Educators

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Social media is an essential marketing tool for educational publishers. But the changing algorithms, rise and fall of new platforms, and overall nature of social media make some developers hesitant. In their presentation, “ Social Media Marketing 2.0: Educators Love Social Media,” several education marketing insiders offered their perspectives on how to take advantage of this unique marketing tool.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

A Principal's Reflections

During my years as a teacher and principal, I would spend countless hours planning, researching, and attending professional learning events to hone my craft in order to become a better educator. I have a secret to share. In my humble opinion, I am not very smart.

Web 2.0 Tools for Professional Development

Dr. Shannon Doak

As we move more into the world of online learning and teaching for students, it is becoming apparent that teachers are also needing to move online for their own professional learning. Professional development should be relevant to the teacher. tools.

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Twitter With Meaning? 5 Authentic Roles For Twitter In Your School

TeachThought - Learn better.

We’ve theorized before that learning through social networks is the future. We kept it basic with 5 pathways: Resources, Student Learning, PLNs, Emerging Trends, And PD. Help Teachers Engage With A Global Professional Learning Network (See also 20 Ways To Improve Your PLN ). Find Professional Development. Use twitter’s search bar–search for your what you’re interested in learning more about. Twitter With Meaning?

8 Steps To Teacher-Led, Digital PD

TeachThought - Learn better.

Professional development for teachers is a beautiful thing. While many professionals work either in isolation or total stagnation, educators are constantly given new tools to become better at their craft. But beyond any isolated parcel of teacher improvement lies social media. Most certified teachers have some amount of formal professional development time they must achieve per semester or year. 8 Steps To Teacher-Led, Digital PD. by TeachThought Staff.

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

NeverEndingSearch

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.

6 Powerful Instructional Coaching Tools

EdTechTeam

In this post, I’m going to show you 6 powerful tools that will help you to be more productive, effective, and organized in your role as an instructional coach. Here are six powerful instructional coaching tools you will want to utilize on a daily basis: . Tool #1: Mobile Technology.

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Top Edtech Classroom Tools

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And to help teachers navigate the plethora of materials for the digital classroom, Tanner Higgin, Director of Education Editorial Strategy at Common Sense Education, presented “ 50 Top Edtech Tools for the Classroom.” Adobe Spark : This flexible design tool lets teachers and students design everything from a web page to a social media post. Mosa Mack Science : Grounded in NGSS, this tool grabs students with mysteries. Social Studies Stunners.

Why Connect?

A Principal's Reflections

I was honored to have been interviewed for Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship magazine, on the power of Twitter as part of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). As you will see, the true power of connected learning is what you glean from the people you engage with. I got on Twitter in 2009, which was an accomplishment in itself as I had previously convinced myself that I would never use social media as I didn’t have the time nor saw any value in it.