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7 Top Reasons Why Educators Need To Use Social Media | Edubabbling for the Masses

7 Top Reasons Why Educators Need To Use Social Media | Edubabbling for the Masses | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
As educators, it is our responsibility to do whatever it takes to help our students learn. As such, we need to utilize every tool which is provided for us.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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EDCI397 emphasizes the need for teachers to develop their PLN, and this blog post demonstrates the positive impact these connections can have on the classroom as a whole. Teachers who become connected through social media, such as Twitter or Pinterest, can gain the tools they need to better engage their students. Although I was initially reluctant to use Twitter and other social media as an educational tool, the collaborative opportunities and the chance to help students and their parents connect with the classroom and the world around them made me realize how essential the use of social media in the classroom can be. 

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This is a very clear and compelling argument for the use of Social Media!

 

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7 Razones Por Que los Educadores Tienen Que USAR vereda Los Medios Sociales:

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I recently began a school wide twitter and facebook.  Great article.

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Making it Personal in the Classroom

Making it Personal in the Classroom | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
When teachers bring in aspects of their personal lives into the classroom, it makes students feel more involved with their classroom community. Look at this technique in action and how it builds upon the teacher - student relationship.
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This video shows how teachers can interact with their students by sharing personal connections to the lesson plans. The teacher in this video makes personal connections and discusses her opinions and ideas with the class to help her students feel more connected with her and to feel safe in sharing their own opinions and feelings. These personal anecdotes not only help the student better understand and connect to the material they are learning about, but it also helps the students better relate to the teacher. The classroom environment developed by this teacher allows the students to view the teacher as more than just an authority figure. The teacher becomes someone they feel comfortable sharing with, and this helps the students develop the communication skills and positive self-esteem they will need to become resilient and globally competent individuals.

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PBISWorld.com Home Page

PBISWorld.com Home Page | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
PBISWorld.com is a comprehensive and easy to use tier 1 through tier 3 PBIS (positive interventions and supports) tool and resource that includes data tracking tools and much more! PBIS World also provides The PBIS World Book (a printable version of the website), discussion on behavior, behavior analysis, problem solving, ideas, inspiration, and so much more!
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This website shows how teachers can develop classroom management and improve the specific behavior issues of certain students. Although teachers can develop classroom expectations in a discussion with their students at the beginning of the year, there may still be behavioral issues with certain students throughout the year. This website provides positive and supportive ways teachers can handle these behaviors and help the student become more productive and engaged in the classroom. These behavioral issues, such as aggression, poor self-esteem, or poor peer relationships, are very important factors in preventing a student from developing the skills they need to be resilient and globally competent individuals. Teachers need to help students resolve these issues in a positive and safe way that allows the student to not only reduce behavioral issues, but display more positive behavior and develop the skills to meet the goals of the EDCI397 mission

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Student Governance: Let Their Voice Shape Your Classroom Space

Student Governance: Let Their Voice Shape Your Classroom Space | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
I know my blog is named "Tech Teacher on a Mission", but every once in awhile I like to post other classroom ideas that have not very much to do with technology.  Consider this as your forewarning...
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This blog post shows how students can take charge of their learning through a weekly Class Meeting routine. In this Class Meeting activity, students act as a government and make decisions about class rules and resolve other issues in the classroom. A "chairperson" is chosen each meeting to lead the group and keep the students on track during the meeting. Every student is given the opportunity to bring up any proposed changes to rules or issues they have during the meeting, and the class then has a small debate and votes on each rule or issue. The meetings end with a closing activity that promotes self-esteem or allows the students to comment positively about their classmates. This 30 minute activity allows the students to communicate and make decisions about the classroom expectations in a supportive and engaging environment. The students develop problem-solving, decision-making, and communication skills as they work with their classmates to create the classroom environment they want. This activity not only promotes resiliency skills and keeps the students engaged in learning, but it also allows the students to take action and reflect on the perspective of others. This allows the students to become globally competent and be ready to collaborate and interact in PBL. 

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The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture

The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
"The whole morning meeting not only sets a really good tone for the students, but it sets a tone for me." - Teacher in Louisville, Kentucky

When I first learned about the Morning Meeting model, I wa
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This article and video show how a simple routine, such as a Morning Meeting, can have a very positive impact on the classroom culture. The article provides tips of how teachers can make Morning Meeting a daily routine in their own classrooms, and the video shows how an entire school has benefited from incorporating Morning Meeting into every classroom. Morning Meeting activities are usually 15-30 minutes long and allows the students to become engaged in the learning process by getting them to share, discuss, or move around as a group. The Morning Meetings required students to think creatively, collaborate with classmates, and communicate their opinions and feelings with the class. Such activities allow the students to develop the skills they need to become resilient students. The activities also promoted dealing with emotions in a positive way and forming stronger bonds with classmates. The video showed how such activities reduced bullying, increased attendance, and created a more positive school community, where the students were eager to come to school and share their ideas. Teachers should use Morning Meeting to create a more engaging and supportive classroom environment that will allow students to develop the skills they need to participate in PBL and become globally competent individuals. 

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Ready to Learn: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture

Ready to Learn: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
Establishing your classroom culture is one of the most important tasks a teacher will do all year. Here are some great tips for establishing a positive environment where students feel safe and part of the community.
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The classroom featured in this video shows how teachers can use discussions with their students to develop a positive classroom environment. The students in this classroom were encouraged to develop a classroom pledge to list their goals and dreams as a class. This pledge allowed the students to become directly involved in forming the classroom culture and serves as a guide for managing behavior in the classroom. This classroom environment promotes a student-driven class, where the students and the teacher are involved in establishing the classroom expectations. The students are required to make decisions and communicate their ideas and mistakes in a safe and supportive environment.This develops a safe and engaging environment that supports the skills linked to global competency, resiliency, and whole child development. I hope to develop a similar classroom climate, as it would allow my students to become responsible for their behavior and develop the skills needed to become globally competent individuals.  

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Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding - YouTube

By working together on problem sets in math and sharing their perspectives in roundtable discussions in English, students at The College Preparatory School a...
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The school shown in this video demonstrates how teachers can design their classrooms to promote collaborative learning. The classrooms are more open and dynamic, allowing for students to work outdoors or discuss ideas at a round table. This allows students to easily interact and work with their peers. Environments such as this make it easier for PBL, where the student can openly express their opinions and ideas and have class discussions that promote critical thinking and provoke inquiry. Setting up the physical space to promote collaborative learning also helps the students gain the communication and problem-solving skills they will need for PBL. 

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65 Classroom Management Strategies, Tips and Ideas - Part 2 - Megan Dredge

65 Classroom Management Strategies, Tips and Ideas - Part 2 - Megan Dredge | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
The final 30 (of 65) classroom management tips, strategies and ideas to help you more effectively manage your classroom.
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This podcast provides excellent tips for teachers on how to create a positive and engaging environment through classroom management strategies. Part of the EDCI397 mission is for students to develop resilience and learn in an environment that assures whole child development. These classroom management tips list effective behaviors for teachers to use when working with their students. By demonstrating that they care about each student, that they are passionate about the topic, and that they take responsibility for their actions, teachers can serve as positive role models for students to follow. This allows students to feel supported and teaches them how to solve problems and be responsible. The podcast's emphasis on teachers structuring the physical layout of the classroom in a way that supports classroom management can also support a more positive learning environment that allows the students to easily discuss and collaborate with one another. These tips allow the students to develop the qualities needed for effective project based learning, and the appropriate physical layout will help the students collaborate in a comfortable space that is still well managed by the teacher. 

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7 Top Reasons Why Educators Need To Use Social Media | Edubabbling for the Masses

7 Top Reasons Why Educators Need To Use Social Media | Edubabbling for the Masses | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
As educators, it is our responsibility to do whatever it takes to help our students learn. As such, we need to utilize every tool which is provided for us.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
Celeste Weinstein's insight:

EDCI397 emphasizes the need for teachers to develop their PLN, and this blog post demonstrates the positive impact these connections can have on the classroom as a whole. Teachers who become connected through social media, such as Twitter or Pinterest, can gain the tools they need to better engage their students. Although I was initially reluctant to use Twitter and other social media as an educational tool, the collaborative opportunities and the chance to help students and their parents connect with the classroom and the world around them made me realize how essential the use of social media in the classroom can be. 

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Carol Rine's curator insight, February 12, 2014 9:11 AM

This is a very clear and compelling argument for the use of Social Media!

 

Great favorite for any PLN.

Melvin Garcia's curator insight, February 15, 2014 6:27 PM

7 Razones Por Que los Educadores Tienen Que USAR vereda Los Medios Sociales:

Pamela Perry King's curator insight, May 5, 2014 11:06 AM

I recently began a school wide twitter and facebook.  Great article.

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New Chat Encourages Best Practices for PBL

New Chat Encourages Best Practices for PBL | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
Suzie Boss (@suzieboss on Twitter) is a journalist and author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age. She's also a regular blogger on Ed
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#PBLchat is a great way for teachers, students, and even parents to ask questions about and discuss project based learning. Although I am still relatively new to Twitter, using my account to follow #PBLchat will allow me to become a more connected educator and collaborate with educators from around the world. Participating in discussions such as this can help teachers develop meaningful projects, and it can also provide an opportunity for students to join the conversation about PBL and gain the skills they need to become globally competent. 

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First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning

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There’s no discounting the importance of the first day of class. What happens that day sets the tone for the rest of the course. Outlined below are a few novel activities for using that first day of class to emphasize the importance of learning and the responsibility students share for shaping the classroom environment.
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This blog post emphasizes the importance of establishing a positive and welcoming classroom climate on the first day of the classes. This post provides many excellent group activities that teachers can use on the first day to help the students learn about one another and understand what to expect in the classroom. These activities mainly involve the students sharing experiences and opinions with the other students, which allows them to develop their communication and creative thinking skills. The activities also allow the students and teachers to discuss classroom expectations for both the student and the teacher, which allows the students to have a more active role in developing classroom expectations. Teachers need to create an engaging and safe classroom climate early on, and these first day activities allow the students to understand how to act in the classroom while promoting the development of a PBL classroom. These activities provide the foundation for future activities and lesson plans that will continue to develop the skills of resiliency and global competency needed to have successful PBL. 

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A Crash Course in Building Effective Learning Relationships With Students

A Crash Course in Building Effective Learning Relationships With Students | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
Kim Worth, a veteran teacher and curriculum specialist, recounts how she got to know 90 students in three days—and, in the process, set the groundwork for boosting their achievement.
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Teachers need to build positive relationships with their students and use classroom activities to meet the various and unique learning needs of their students. This article shows how teachers can help promote Whole Child development by remaining supportive and providing activities that challenge the students and keep them engaged in learning. The 6th grade teacher in this article worked with a classroom of students, many of whom were failing and had been written off by other teachers. Although many teachers claimed these students were hopeless, this 6th grade teacher showed how taking an active interest in a student's life can help that student feel safe and supported at school and allow them to become more responsible for their learning and have a higher self-esteem. Teachers need to understand their students' learning needs and provide activities, such as writing personal goals or discussing readings about topics that interest them, that connect with the students' individual interests and needs. I hope to create such a classroom environment where my children are encouraged to share their ideas and interests. Students need to feel supported and have positive emotional development before they can successfully become resilient and globally competent. 

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Tweet from @HeadStartgov

Assign kids meaningful jobs in the classroom, such as supporting routines, leading activities, & helping each other: http://1.usa.gov/1hZK7RZ
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This tweet shows how teachers can successfully meet the goals in the EDCI397 mission by giving their students the opportunity to take part in leadership and collaborative roles in the classroom. The link provided on this tweet gives many tips on how teachers can provide meaningful jobs for their students to choose from. The jobs can be as simple as handing out materials for an activity or allowing the student to lead a small learning activity. These roles help the students become more responsible, take initiative, and improve their communication skills. The teachers give the student some choices in the roles they play in the classroom, and they also encourage students who are shy to take on more active roles in the classroom. Such roles help challenge the children to take on leadership roles in a supportive and safe environment. Teachers who want to incorporate PBL into their classrooms should give the students regular opportunities to take on different roles in the classroom. This will give them the skills they will need to collaborate with their classmates, and it will provide the foundation they need to become globally competent individuals. 

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Setting Up for Second: Mid-year Update: Alternative Seating

Setting Up for Second: Mid-year Update: Alternative Seating | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
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The physical space of a classroom can play a significant impact on the classroom environment as a whole and how children learn. The classroom on this blog post shows how creating a more flexible learning environment, where children are given the independence to choose where they want to work, can promote a learning space conducive to PBL. The teacher provides many different sitting and standing arrangements for her students to use during independent reading time, writing workshops, and other lessons. The children are given a choice of where they want to sit or stand, but the teacher has created a rotation schedule for the bean bag chairs, stability balls, pillows, and other seats that are very popular with the children. This allows every student to have the chance to work in different areas of the room and learn in the space they are most comfortable in. The class discussed expectations for behavior when using this new classroom space, and it requires the students to be responsible for their behavior while providing an environment that is supportive to the different learning needs of the students. Although the teacher had to purchase many of these new seating arrangements, the new classroom space will allow students to easily collaborate in small groups for PBL. I hope to create a similar classroom space in my own future classroom, as it will help promote the goals of the EDCI397 mission. The space promotes PBL, which will allow the students to develop their skills in resiliency and global competency in a supportive and safe environment. 

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Presentation: Social Emotional Learning through Drama

Presentation: Social Emotional Learning through Drama | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
Ugh I had a major technical fail this morning – I was presenting at a workshop and had been obsessing about making sure I had an extension cord long enough for the projector. I even brought 3 just in case. Once I got there however – I realized I had forgotten I needed a 3 …
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Children need to be able to express their emotions in a healthy way and learn appropriate social and problem solving skills before they can effectively engage in PBL. "Drama Time" is a simple activity teachers can use to help promote social emotional learning. Although the drama games were designed to help children with autism develop communication and social skills, the activities can be easily adapted for any classroom. Such activities that allow students to act out different emotions and how to deal with those emotions in a positive way can help students manage their emotions and communicate with others more effectively. The in-depth discussions and role-playing activities also help the students make connections with their classmates in a creative and interesting way. PBL requires students to be able to communicate with others and use problem solving skills. Teachers can implement these activities as short warm ups for their students to promote these skills while encouraging students to become more engaged in the learning environment.

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Create a successful classroom climate.

Create a successful classroom climate. | EDCI397 | Scoop.it
Creating a positive classroom climate and a supportive environment will help your students become successful learners.
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For PBL to be successful, teachers need to foster an environment in which students can interact with one another and feel confident sharing their ideas and work with their peers and teacher. This article provides excellent suggestions on how to create such an environment by building a positive and motivating classroom. Although the physical space can play an important factor in PBL, teachers also need to focus on developing a supportive social environment for their students. These suggestions focus on creating valuable relationships and supporting personal development of each student. The physical space of the classroom is not always easy to change, but the article's emphasis on creating an opening and challenging classroom is relatively easy for all teachers to implement into their classrooms. This positive learning climate will allow the students to develop the skills they need to become globally competent and work well with other students during PBL.

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GLOW

Flat Classroom Certified Teacher Doroty Suskind shares her ideas for learning through this video.

"Sometimes he doesn't just grow, he glows'! great final quote Dorothy!

 


Via Julie Lindsay
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This video creates a vision of a flat classroom where students have the opportunity to learn almost anywhere and connect to valuable resources around the world through the use of technology. This value of an open classroom that engages the students in a safe and interactive global environment encompasses the EDCI397 mission. Teachers need to help their students develop global competency and resilience to prepare them for the future. Although many teachers may not be able to implement flat classrooms as extensively as this video desires, teachers can still use this video as an inspiration to implement meaningful lessons, such as PBL, that involve using social media and technology. This will allow their students to become engaged in the global community and become globally competent students that can have a positive impact on society. 

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I love everything about this video as it speaks to the heart of open, global and collaborative learning.

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Tweet from @edutopia

New! #PBL Meets WWII: A History Lesson to Remember http://edut.to/1dSA7uj #pblchat #edchat (via @HeatherCalabro)
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This tweet highlights a project based learning opportunity that was very successful for both the students and their community. The students became very involved in developing and researching a project on the history of Japanese American internment camps during WWII. The students were able to spread awareness of the topic through their project and have a meaningful impact on the community and future students. This project emphasizes the benefits of implementing PBL into the classroom. It also shows how easily these types of projects can help develop global competence and resilience in students. Using projects such as this will allow me to help my future students take action and become more involved and invested in learning and with their community.

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