background preloader

Social Media

Facebook Twitter

Getting Started with Snapchat in your Classroom. As teachers, we’ve all seen it in our classrooms: A student in the back of the room discreetly takes a selfie.

Getting Started with Snapchat in your Classroom

We’ve probably all been frustrated by it at some point too. And many of us have probably wondered why our students are taking hundreds of pictures of themselves everyday. Our students are using Snapchat, and what many educators fail to understand about the app is that students are not just taking a picture. They are having a conversation. They are telling a story. Rather than being reactive about new technology in our classrooms, we should look for ways to be proactive and utilize Snapchat as a learning tool instead of viewing it as a distraction.

Lego Life is Safe Social Networking for Kids. Most social networks don't permit users under the age of 13.

Lego Life is Safe Social Networking for Kids

Once banned, now embraced: High schools teach with social media. The latest learning tool transforming area high school classes comes from what was once banned.

Once banned, now embraced: High schools teach with social media

Smart phones and their easy access to social media are now increasingly used by area high school teachers in their classroom lessons. For years it was the anti-social dangers and pitfalls of social media that made teachers wary of including internet-based social media programs in class. First student cell phones and then later smart phones were once shunned from many schools over concerns, which still exist, of abuse, including cyber-bulling, distracting digital game playing and other inappropriate internet use during school hours. Internet access to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube and other social media sites is still restricted and closely monitored in schools but now more teachers are incorporating some social media into their teaching, say learning experts.

Teaching well with virtual networks. In the past five years, there has been tremendous education sharing via social media threads.

Teaching well with virtual networks

Many educators, like me, have joined online conversations and developed our individual and collective teaching/learning craft with strength, thanks to this tremendous exchange of knowledge, information and ideas. At a turning point in my career about five years ago, I was first drawn to virtual networks for support. At that time, the reading and research I was doing did not match what was happening in the organization where I taught. I felt quite alone and isolated, and I didn’t know where to turn. After attending a number of technology integration seminars and workshops, I decided to turn to the internet for support, feedback and greater growth and challenge.

Once banned, now embraced: High schools teach with social media. 10 Easy Ways to Grow Your School’s Social Media Following. A Nutshell Guide to Starting Your Own High-Traffic Facebook Group. Take a look at your Facebook dashboard right now.

A Nutshell Guide to Starting Your Own High-Traffic Facebook Group

Chances are, you’re a member of at least a few different groups. Regardless of what these groups revolve around – be it local yard sales or niche-related business news – you get regular content delivered direct to your News Feed, right? But while you probably already know that Facebook groups are a great place to connect with like-minded individuals, did you know they can also be a potent marketing tool?

Here’s the deal: Facebook is incredibly powerful. Right now, Facebook sees more than 1.71 billion active monthly users, so it’s no great shock that coordinating at least a few of those people into one place can do great things for your marketing strategy. If you’re interested in starting a Facebook group for the purpose of driving more engagement and building relationships, here’s a nutshell guide to help you do it. Students, parents and teachers connect through social media - News - Wilmington Star News - Wilmington, NC.

Teachers and staff use social media to engage with classrooms nationwide and connect with parents in real-time.

Students, parents and teachers connect through social media - News - Wilmington Star News - Wilmington, NC

By Elizabeth Montgomery StarNews Staff Teachers are a tweet away in today's digital world. 14 surprising facts about educators' social media use. Social media has fast become an educator’s dream, with almost immediate responses to questions about teaching strategies, resources, and professional development opportunities.

14 surprising facts about educators' social media use

But how are educators really using social media, and is it really as widely-used as everyone assumes? FrontRow Education recently asked 1,000 K-8 teachers how they are using social media personally, professionally and as a communication tool with parents and students. Here are some of the survey’s key findings: What Would Abe Lincoln’s Social Media Campaign Look Like? A New Classroom Use For Twitter and Facebook. During the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama and his team pioneered the use of social media as a powerful campaign tool.

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

It’s easy to forget, given how commonplace the use of social media is today, that back in 2008. sending out reminders and raising money on Twitter while interacting with people on Facebook was a huge deal. Social Media in the classroom: What to do when things go wrong. I have been and continue to be a strong advocate for using social media in the classroom to empower students.

Social Media in the classroom: What to do when things go wrong

I have been an active user of social media since 2011 and have never encountered any of the negativity I have heard people associate with it. I mean, not ever in the 12, 696 Tweets and various Google +, Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn posts! I always put out positive and it always seems to come back to find me. Early this morning, I wavered slightly when I was the target of online threats. It happened on Blab at 2:30 a.m. And then the harassment started. Why I Use Social Media in My Classes – heyjuliesmith. Some disclaimers: I teach college.

Why I Use Social Media in My Classes – heyjuliesmith

So every kid has a phone. Heck, every kid has a nicer phone than I do. But I digress.I teach media courses. Top Social Networks & Apps Your Kids are Using. Last updated: March 2016 Gaggle Student Safety Representatives continue to discover websites and apps that pose potential risks to students. Here’s a list that we continue to compile. Did we miss any? You can submit a website or app to be included in “Top Social Networks & Apps Your Kids Use.” 4chan.orgProbably a collection of the worst of the Internet in one place. 9Gag.comImage/social board consisting mostly of very inappropriate content. AfterSchool Advertised as “Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions & Compliments” in the AppleStore, this anonymous app by Ambient is much like YikYak and Whisper.

Ask.fmAsk.fm is a social network where members interact by inviting others to ask anonymous questions. Theconversation. With each generation the public consciousness conjures up a new fear for our youth: where once it was rock ‘n’ roll, today the concern is that teenagers’ lives are dominated by digital media. The worry is that the digital deluge may affect their capacity to learn, to converse, to spell, and more besides. King Philip Students Teach Technology At Social Studies Conference - Courant Community. A group of students from King Philip Middle School recently attended the Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies, where they taught teachers about technology and social media.

The students, selected by social studies teacher Rebecca Lewis, went to the conference on April 5 and April 6 to learn, but they also had prepared presentations to educate teachers attending the conference as they moved from session to session. And from that experience, the group of eighth graders gained a lot of appreciation for their own teachers. "You have to teach people at different levels," said 13-year-old Mike Medved. "They had different grasps of technology. Why Teachers Participate in Twitter Chats (and What's Coming Next) Teachers who want to expand their knowledge, share instructional resources, and interact with others who have complementary professional interests are discovering that class is always in session thanks to the hundreds of regularly scheduled Twitter chats that happen each week.

Collaborative conversations between like-minded educators from different schools - that previously and serendipitously only took place at conferences and on other irregular occasions - are now accessible to any teacher from any geography at any given time. Since 2009, hundreds of thousands of teachers have participated in Twitter chats to varying degrees.

When you consider the volume of this unprecedented and cumulative knowledge sharing among professionals, who are trained to instruct and enlighten, it’s not hyperbole to say that the impact Twitter and other social platforms are having on education is revolutionary. How Twitter chats work today. Retreat, Reconnect, Refocus. Most of us are either currently on spring break, just returning, or anxiously counting down the days until break starts. For some, that means spring conferences before break begins, for others, you’re back to reality and reentering your classroom for the last sprint of the school year. This time of year is TOUGH. You are stressed, you are tired, you have testing coming up and, frankly, you’re burned out. I know, because I feel your pain.

Twitter

5 Social Media Platforms + Strategies to Develop Your School’s Brand. Why I Use Social Media in My Classes – heyjuliesmith. 5 Ways for Students to Become School Reporters Using Social Media. Four Social Media Strategies Principals Should Be Using. Snapchat recruiting: Colleges take up 'snapping' to reach prospective students. When 17-year-old Ellie Fogel began her college search, she looked beyond school websites and Google searches — she logged into Snapchat.

#Being13: Teens and social media. "When I get my phone taken away, I feel kind of naked," said Kyla, another 13-year-old. "I do feel kind of empty without my phone. " Making the Case for Social Media in Schools. Glogster: Create and Explore Educational Content Online. High School Educators Share How They Became Twitter Rock Stars. Twitter is very popular among teens – and their teachers. The site launched in 2006 and 302 million people actively use the microblogging platform each month, including high school principals and English teachers. Education is a popular topic among users – more than 4.2 million education-related tweets are sent each day, a company spokesman said last year. Q&A: Principal Speaks Out on the Power YouTube Can Have on Schools. Videos have become a powerful force for reaching new audiences in education. In January, a small Rhode Island school became a viral-video hit with a music video featuring its head of school announcing a snow day closure set to the tunes of Disney’s blockbuster animated feature Frozen.

It’s an example of educators tapping into the power of online videos. Students have also used videos to share new ways of learning, like this video series featuring rap as a teaching tool. Similarly, K–12 Principal Brad Gustafson, from Plymouth, Minn., is bringing the power of YouTube to his school every day. "22 Simple Examples Of Social Media In The Classroom.