Like many of you, there are certain educators that I find frequently impact my thinking and teach me new things through their published works. Here I offer 10 of my favorites. Some of these passionate and informed minds have inspired me for years, and others I have become aware of more recently. Of course, there are plenty of other wonderful educators writing and sharing great ideas across the Web and in conferences and schools around the world every day, so I hope you — the reader — will share some of your favorites too!
Many teachers are making the foray into using social media with their students. I am at the point of ‘dipping’ my toe in. There’s a number of things I’ve learned, and found out, as I have started tweeting to students and wanted to collect my thoughts on keys in beginning this path.
The team at USC Rossier School of Education, who run the Twitter handle @USCTeachers, recently pulled together a resource guide for one of the most popular hashtags in education, #EdChat. The Essential #EdChat Resource Guide is a quick and simple guide, that provides the ins-and-outs of how to use #EdChat and what it can do for teachers, students, and education. New to Twitter? This guide shows you how to access past #EdChat discussions.
There are so many ways that teachers are using social media – both in the classroom and for their own professional development. From Instagram and Facebook in the classroom to Twitter lists and hashtags for their PLN, there are so many social networks and so much content to choose from when you’re looking. You know that whether you’re browsing through your Twitter feed or searching on Pinterest, there are certain things that catch your eye and other things that blend into the background. You pick and choose what looks interesting to you.
I have one suggestion, join Twitter and start tweeting. This has been an invaluable tool for me. I started about a month ago professionally, meaning before that it was mostly sports, celebs, and leisure activities. I am not an expert, and I make mistakes. I have messed up hashtags and @ signs and have learned they are not the same or used for the same reason. I follow more than follow me. I have also learned more in the last month then ever before and have been exposed to so many fresh ideas. These ideas I bring right into the classroom, which means the students are being exposed to some of the newest and brightest ideas out there.
If there was ONE thing that I'd want every practicing educator to know about learning in social spaces it would be that no matter what field you are working in, there are TONS of folks who are sharing resources that you can use in your work immediately.
The trick is tracking down those resources quickly and easily. Just because people are SHARING resources doesn't automatically mean that you are going to FIND those resources. Thankfully, practitioners using social spaces for learning are also adding hashtags --short identifiers that start with the # symbol -- to the end of their messages.
If you’re like me, you act differently on different social networks. You share certain things on Facebook that you wouldn’t share on Twitter. You post stuff on Pinterest that you wouldn’t post on Path or share on instant message. Because of this, it’s important for students (and teachers and everyone else!) to remember the proper social media etiquette that you should follow while sharing online.
If you are still trying to figure out what educational hashtags teachers are using then you do not need to go anywhere else, I got it covered here thanks to Chiew Pang document. Pang created an open document using Google Docs and named it " The Unofficial Index to Twitter Hashtags ". I have gone thorough the entire page and found it really helpful so I thought you might want to have a look as well.
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No wonder we are on "information overload." Seriously, 15 pages of Twitter hashtags?
What I’ve discovered over the past year is that Twitter is an amazing resource for news, which this media hound utilizes daily. But as I’ve learned more about the world of education technology and have explored the social media site, I also discovered that Twitter is an incredible resource for #educators as well, and has become a hot spot to discover the latest ideas in education and #edtech. As a former educator, this development endlessly thrills me.
20 Interesting Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom
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I like this, however, the risk with these types of lists is that the technology can become the focus of the instructional time instead of planning for its intentional use for the purpose of advancing students in the 4C's of 21st century learning with the CCSS: communication, collaboration, creativity and critcal thinking.
We can't do it ALL, so select the best tools that are likely to cross grade levels, subject areas and provide students a tool that is flexible and provides depth of learning. There are a lot of them available. And oh yes, let's focus on free!
You’ve seen it when you visit Twitter – a million and one different hashtags are used every day. Some are actually helpful when you are trying to search for important things like #GOPDebate or #NationalCatDay. Some of them are #completelymadeupandridiculous, either on accident or on purpose.
But one thing is clear – when you use hashtags strategically, you can join popular conversations and strengthen the impact of your tweets. Some best practices when using hashtags include:
Last year, Getting Smart Staff produced a list of our top 50 hashtags for connected educators. In celebration of October’sConnected Educator Month (#CE14), we are curating a list of your favorites! That’s right, we want to know the social conversations you’re plugged into to stay connected, engaged and smart in all things EdTech.
Deb Gardner's insight:
Twitter... one of the best digital tools to connect. It's easy, quick, wide-reaching and free.
There comes a point when we have to acknowledge that one-size-fits-all professional development isn’t cutting it. Just as students need to be treated as individual learners, so do the teachers in your schools. And while your district may offer workshops and webinars, there’s another PD resource right at your teachers’ fingertips. It’s open 24-7, connects educators from around the globe, and covers countless topics across grade levels and subject areas.
Like any tool, twitter is designed for a task. The results of that task depends on the knowledge and skill of its user. There is nothing other-wordly about twitter, if we’re being honest. It has its talents (a few of which we looked at in why twitter works in education), but it is, in shorty, some thing some one made.
Twitter is perhaps one of the most connected social networks available to educators. Weekly Twitter chats help keep educators aware of educational technology developments, practices, and policies, and conversations often take on a life of their own, and the results are motivational and actionable.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most engaging and innovative Twitter accounts that you might not follow. This is just a small sampling of the vast number of people who inspire us on Twitter. What are some of your favorite Twitter accounts? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Bonus guy tweets, "You either like bacon or you're wrong." #loveit Who doesn't need a good laugh?
Most organizations or schools feel that jumping on the social media bandwagon is something that they should do because it is becoming the norm for others. If you think that Twitter is just about tweeting, you are missing a huge cultural shift that is happening.
Too many people use Twitter as a “one-way” communication. They simply use it to deliver messages with no engagement at all. This might work if you are a huge celebrity, otherwise you are spending time doing something that is really going to do nothing but take up your time. If you are just sending information out, with no interaction, you are becoming the new “spam”.
Communication is key with organizations, but the huge cultural shift is that people do not want to just hear, they also want to be heard. You might have a lot of followers on your account, but that does not mean people are engaged in what you are doing.
Let’s assume, just for a moment, that you’re relatively normal – in your digital habits at least (no, not those ones, they’re weird). The chances are, therefore, that you have two routes to the things that interest you – either you seek them out (probably on Google) or they find you, usually throughsocial media.
Vine, a mobile app created by Twitter, allows users to create and share short video clips. Like Twitter, brevity is valued and video clips can’t exceed six seconds in length, so users have to be quick about getting their point across. Vine is a pretty new addition to the social media canon. The service was founded in June of 2012, but just launched to the public in January of 2013 as a free app on the iPhone and iPod Touch. While only Apple users can currently enjoy Vine, development for other platforms is in progress and is likely to launch sometime later this year.
In addition to the above mentioned uses of Twitter, I am increasingly becoming aware of the importance of Twitter as a CURATION tool for me.
The term “curation” in itself has become quite popular recently. I am not sure yet, if it is another term destined to become a victim of talking at cross purposes among the educational community.
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Makes the distinction between being a "collector" of information and a "curator" and the impact for student learning. If you don't subscribe to Langwitches Blog in Reader, I highly recommend. Also consider following Sylvia on Flickr where she shares creative and useful images.
Five great ideas for busy teachers to connect and share ideas, tools and resources with others via Twitter.
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Teachers (and even many students) say, "I just don't get it - why Twitter?" It took me a while to get my head wrapped around Twitter, however I now consider it a must-have for me in order to stay connected with people, organizations, ideas, news. #justdoit :)
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