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Welcome to Skype in the classroom. A Simple Guide on The Use of Hashtag for Teachers. Chris Messana was the first guy to share a tweet containing a hashtag back on August of 2008. Since then, hashtags have become the most popular communicational medium of choice for television shows, political campaigns, educational news and updates, commercials, and also an icon of the 21st century pop culture. So, what is a hashtag ? Here is what Twitter said about it : " The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. Hashtags are a great way to build community around content. " Who can use Hashtags? To be able to use a hashtag, you only need to have an active Twitter account.

How can I create a hashtag ? Related : Why using a hashtag ? 1- #edtech This is one of my favorite hashtags on Twitter. 2-#edapp If you are interested in discovering and learning more about the use of educational apps in teaching, edapp is a hashtag to follow. The Best 15 Twitter Hashtags for Teachers. Twitter speaks volumes of itself and does not really require any introduction. 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.

As was the case with the three Twitter tools every teacher should be using, I have again chopped another part from this guide and this time it is about the power of hashtags as learning mediums. According to Twitter help center, `` The # symbol, called hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.`` Hashtag is a great way for users to get a tweet to appear in search results and discussion threads. Here is the list : 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.

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.

Safe and simple blogs for your students. 6 Simple Photo Tools for Creating Social Media Visuals. Are you including images in your social media content? Looking for easy-to-use tools to help you create images for your content strategy? If the idea of using Photoshop makes your head spin or hiring a graphic designer isn’t an option, there are many easy-to-use, low-cost alternatives available to you to create social media graphics. In this article, I’ll show you 6 easy tools that will help you create compelling graphics for social media. #1: Use PicMonkey’s Online Photo Editor to Take Your Images From Good to Glorious PicMonkey‘s free option has a wide variety of frames, special effects and font types to choose from.

With a touch of a button, you can crop and resize your photo, and add text to your images. Choose from a wide variety of free fonts on PicMonkey to create appealing images like this one with PicMonkey. The paid option offers additional features that include more frames and photo effects. PicMonkey is a great solution for all types of social media images. Final Thoughts. This is what a Twitter guide would look like if Dr. Seuss wrote it. Remind | Remind101 is now Remind. Educators Guide to the use of Pinterest in Education. Some educational Pinners to follow This is the editor of the famous blog cool cat teacher. It has over 69 boards all with more than 600 pins. Some of her best boards include "Teaching Ideas and App", Collaborative Writing", and " Global Collaboration in Education ".

This guy is one of our favourite educational writers. He has several boards covering different topics such as: Google chrome extensions, Twitter apps and resources, web2.0 tools for educators and his own personal learning network. Karen is a great educator with a huge presence online. This is an ICT specialist. Shannon has a great Pinterest page that includes some awesome boards on educational technology essentials.

Shelly has one of the resourceful boards on Pinterest. Useful Pinterest Tutorials : 1- How to start using Pinterest 2- How to save Time Using Pinterest 3- How to Pin a Quote and Text to Pinterest 4- Everything you Need to Know about Pinterest. (1) Create a Teaching Blog! on Pinterest. Teachers on Pinterest (teachers) on Pinterest. Pinstamatic, create a Pinterest board. Places Add a map to your Pinterest board, and when someone clicks it they will be taken to the location in Google Maps. What a great way to show people where you are or where an event is taking place.

This is an example of a HTML caption with a link. Stickies Leave a note on your board, maybe to summarize the board itself or just as a message to your followers. Quotations Using a selection of our ready designed stylish quotation layouts add some wise words to your Pinterest boards. Music Add your favourite Spotify tracks to your Pinterest boards, when your followers and friends click on the artwork they'll be able to play the track in Spotify itself!

Create great Pinterest boards in just a few minutes without any editing tools Love Pinterest but finding it hard to add more than photos? Need to add a note, a quote or a website to your boards? Want to share some music on Pinterest? I Make boring data pretty ... with Pinstamatic @Spiderworking Not sure what you can do with Pinstamatic? Pinterest is cool. 5 Free Online Courses For Social Media Beginners. Whether you’re new to technology, just getting started with a social network, or looking for some useful tips then these courses are for you. They’re part of a new idea that I’ve been working on with a few friends. We’re calling it Modern Lessons and it’s essentially a ‘Khan Academy for real-world skills’ where a small handful of people build free online courses designed to help you learn some important things. But it’s more than just a few useful videos about Twitter.

There are customized certificates, quizzes, prerequisites, and more. But that’s not important. For now, let’s focus on how to improve your social media skills. The Beginner’s Guide To Facebook Facebook dominates the web. The Beginner’s Guide To Pinterest Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing social networks in the world. The Beginner’s Guide To Learnist Learnist is one of the hot education-oriented social networks you should know about. The Beginner’s Guide To Twitter The Beginner’s Guide To YouTube. - An Open Marketplace for Original Lesson Plans and Other Teaching Resources. Collaborize Classroom | Online Education Technology for Teachers and Students. Creating your Personal Learning Network (PLN) SchoolTube - Video Sharing For Students & Teachers.

Vimeo, Your Videos Belong Here. Dropbox. SurveyMonkey: Free online survey software & questionnaire tool. Popplet. Online Mind Mapping and Brainstorming app - SpiderScribe.

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