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A Balanced Approach To Social Media For Teachers. A Balanced Approach To Social Media For Teachers by Laura Farmer Sitting at night, in front of my computer, I look at my image on Twitter.

A Balanced Approach To Social Media For Teachers

I skim through all my hundreds of tweets. Suddenly, I start to panic. What am I doing? Thoughts race through my mind, and suddenly, I type in the key words–social media and narcissism–in the Google search engine. Call it a moment of weakness, an identity crisis, or just plain craziness, in that moment it all made sense.

Over the next week, social media free, I reevaluated. So, how do we stretch ourselves, as educators, without losing our educational identity, or our minds for that matter? The Best 15 Twitter Hashtags for Teachers. Twitter speaks volumes of itself and does not really require any introduction.

The Best 15 Twitter Hashtags for Teachers

I am pretty sure everyone of you has an account there.That`s great ! But have you ever considered using Twitter for educational and professional development purposes ? Twitter has a huge potential in education and there are many amazed at creative ways teachers can leverage this social media in the classroom as you will learn in the Teacher Twitter guide I am working on and that will be published here very soon. 10 Powerful Twitter Tools for Teachers Professional Development. There is nothing that beats the power of Twitter when it comes to growing professionally using social media.

10 Powerful Twitter Tools for Teachers Professional Development

I have written a lot on this topic and my master thesis is buzzing with all kinds of academic evidence that support my claim. You might be thinking why Twitter is making such a big fanfare in the world of academia. The answer is simple: it works. related : 12 Ways to use Twitter for Professional Development One of the powerful features I like the most about Twitter is the ease with which you can set up a PLN.

But Twitter alone can only do so much. 1- Hashtags Though hashtags are not third party tools, still I want to make sure they are featured in this list. 2- WeFollow With WeFollow you can search for people by interest and sort them by their Prominence Score. 3- Twitscoop Twitscoop allows you to receive, send tweets, and find new friends instantly, without ever reloading your page. 4- Nearbytweets Nearby tweets allows you to search local tweets from Twitter by location and keyword. Social Media in Education: Resource Roundup. Creating Social Media Guidelines A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom, by Vicki Davis (2014) Davis, in the first half of a pro-and-con discussion about social media in the classroom, positions it as a vital life skill and provides 12 positive examples of classroom use.

Social Media in Education: Resource Roundup

For the second half of the discussion, read this post by Ben Johnson: "Too Much Technology and Not Enough Learning? " The Social Media Guide to Growing Your Personal Learning Network. Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals.

The Social Media Guide to Growing Your Personal Learning Network

Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially. Now, it’s possible to expand and connect your network around the world anytime, anywhere. But how exactly do you go about doing that? Check out our guide to growing your personal learning network with social media, full of more than 30 different tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible. Tips & Ideas. 5 Ways To Make Students Better At Sharing Online. The Teacher's Guide to Social Media. Education is a two-way street — oftentimes, those who teach could stand to learn a few things as well.

The Teacher's Guide to Social Media

Social media, for one, is largely dominated by Generation Y. We invented it, we grew up with it and we know it like the back of our keyboard-ready hands. In some schools, tablets and social networks are becoming primary classroom tools. Even digitally versed teachers need to evolve with the language of their increasingly connected students. Don't sweat it. Are you an educator? 1. We've published plenty of horror stories about teachers who've posted NSFW content on their social profiles and have been summarily punished (see: the Aurora, Colo. teacher who tweeted half-naked photos of herself and joked about using drugs on school property). Whatever (legal things) you choose to do outside school is your business — just be sure to not give your colleagues (and students) a front-row seat. 2.

GIF: Tumblr, HayleysSavedGIFs This applies to other professions, too. 3. Again, pretty obvious. 4. 5. 6. 10 Steps for Educators New to Twitter. The A to Z of Social Media for Academia. New Study Uncovers What Teens Actually Share On Social Media. Ever wondered how students really act online?

New Study Uncovers What Teens Actually Share On Social Media

What they’re actually sharing with their friends? Heck, if they’re even using their real name and other information? Chances are good about 1 of every 4 teens seem to have a ‘fake’ social media account with false information. There’s a lot more to this new privacy study on what teens actually share by the Pew Research Center that you should check out too.