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Twitter is a bit daunting for most of us. We try and make our tweets as relevant as possible. We try to
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You can enhance your already cutting-edge PLN by harnessing the power of the hashtag, chats, and other Twitter lists.
Leadership experts in the K-12 field Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers write about challenges and possibilities for administrators in the 21st century.
According to Myers and Berkowicz, it's past time to start making Twitter part of your professional development habits. They offer some basic dos and don'ts (if you're wondering how your students use Twitter, the Don't list will give you a pretty complete picture).
So the really big news yesterday, outstripping that of a new Pope is the news that Google is Powering Down Google Reader, which for many people is a total disaster.
How DO I find links every day? I use Google Reader. I'm utterly addicted to Google Reader. I subscribe to 243 different RSS feeds via Google Reader. I have them all organized by topics. I've been using it and gathering my feeds for about 5 years now. I check it every day. Google Reader allows me to feel like I've got the web and all the info I want from the web organized and tamed and usable in a way that is not completely overwhelming. So I'm a little upset. Grieving, even. I haven't been this shaken up since Delicious was taken overy by Yahoo. And I'm not the only one--if you do a Google search for Google Reader alternatives today, you'll see that the article I've posted here is just one of many, but it's my favorite so far, so if you, like me, are trying to move on now that Reader is dumping us, maybe this will help ease the pain. Thanks to uber-librarian Stephen Francoeur for the link.
If you're using Twitter to keep yourself current and maintain a Personal Learning Network (and you should, even if you only look at your feed once a week), here's a list of 10 accounts to follow that are fun and interesting and will keep you up to date on news about literature. Ask another Twitter expert to help you organize your feed by general topics (try asking your librarian for help--this one is on Twitter @HKPerkinson).
Every day this week, blogger and fellow Mainer Richard Byrne will be featuring blogs he recommends to different content area teachers. If you see something you like, visit the blog, find the RSS logo and subscribe via your favorite blog feed reader (in a Google Apps school, just copy the blog's URL and add it to "subscribe" in the Google Reader app).
Edudemic recommends 10 high school teacher-bloggers that you can add to your favorite RSS reader (not sure what that means? ask your librarian or tech integrationist, we'll help you set up your PLN--Professional Learning Network).
Ideas for using Twitter in the classroom range from class participation to communicating with parents.
Mt. Blue English teacher Dan Ryder joins teachers across the U.S. who are using Twitter to network and exchange teaching insights.
I've been wanting to blog about this for a while (*you know, blog ideas whirling in me heid!) and Lo and Behold the amazing Ed Tech Sandy beats me to it again! In JAN, even! Fantastic!
Image plus the definitions will be great to share with teachers and administrators who are starting out in social media land.
More help for new tweeters. Must add to presentation on Twitter.
An update to research from Pew, reported back in 2011, about how teachers are using the Internet.
"The main implications of this latest Pew study confirm what many of us already know to be common knowledge about the Digital Divide, a term that dates back as far as 1995 with this US Department of Commerce Study. This Divide between the "haves" and the "have-nots" runs along socioeconomic lines that essentially have not changed for decades (and maybe centuries). While access to the Internet has improved, the Divide has taken a new form, which has, in some ways, brought us right back to square one."
Twitter is an excellent app for teachers to communicate about topics of interest and find relevant resources. Ed Galaxy's Kevin Cummins describes how to use Twitter to find teaching resources. See, Twitter is NOT just for the teenagers!
Paper.li is a digital tool that you can use to organize the stream of information you may be viewing through your own Professional Learning Network, but you could also get kids to create one for themselves. This reviewer talks about how to link it to a Twitter account, but you can pull information from other RSS feed sources as well (including Google Reader, for all you GAFE schools out there). Each day you get a new "issue," a snapshot of your RSS stories arranged like a newspaper.
Richard Byrne suggests five blogs worth subscribing to via RSS (in a Google Apps school, add them to your Google Reader feed).
Guidance counselors, one for you! Actually, 50 for you! Add them all to your favorite blog reader (ask your librarian if you need help) and stay up to date on all the latest info and resources on colleges, careers, testing, financial aid, and many more. PS: That photo is not of someone's manor, it is Coxe Hall at Hobart-William Smith College, located in the lovely Finger Lakes Region of NY).
The struggles of maintaining a PLN (personal learning network) and keeping up with social media. In case you have trouble reading the first graphic, here's the link to the original, more legible version of it: http://www.thethinkingstick.com/stages-of-pln-adoption/
Don't miss the handy chart that explains the differences between the various social media options available to us.
Our Inaugural Selection of the Best IT Blogs...
Find "Reader" in your Google apps, and add subscriptions to some of these blogs. Then watch your PLN (professional learning network) grow!