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Social media guidelines. Using Blogs to Engage English-Language Learners. Jon Schwartz teaches fourth grade in Oceanside, CA.

Using Blogs to Engage English-Language Learners

He is also a writer and a professional photographer. You can learn more about his blogging program at Kids Like Blogs. "Robbie doesn't write," his mom told me. When he first came into my fourth grade class, asking him for 20 words was like pulling teeth. He actually scribbled a number on top of each word to keep track so he wouldn't write any more than the absolute minimum. Working with English-Language Learners In my class, blogs provide a virtual workbench that students can use to find their creative muse and learn about the technological world they are inheriting. This year I had a 36-member, fourth/fifth-grade combination class. In a classroom like this, we have many challenges. Build Interest By Making Blogging Optional Early in the year, I set up two students with blogs. I decided to use the free blogging tool Blogger.com. Challenge One: Increasing Parent Engagement Challenge Two: Internet Safety Challenge Five: Building Confidence.

Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students. Let me begin this post by saying, "I agree.

Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students

" I agree that students should have recess and play outside. I agree that young children need to interact in a face-to-face setting. I agree that it is developmentally critical to engage with paper, paint, blocks, crayons and even the dirt on the ground, because elementary students need to experience the physical world. However, I also agree that social media pervades all aspects of modern society, and it has become an imperative for us as educators -- and parents -- to model appropriate digital citizenship to even our youngest learners.

Do I really believe that toddlers should have Twitter handles? Why? Easy Tweets. Easy Tweets is a cool website that I have found out lately.

Easy Tweets

The website finds interesting and real tweets at your language level easy, medium, or difficult. It uses the word lists from Cambridge University’s English Vocabulary Profile project which lists more than 15,000 of the most common English words, ranked by difficulty level. Go to the website, choose easy/medium or difficult, then write the keyword that you would like to find tweets about, then you can enjoy reading the tweets.

If you think that a tweet is inappropriate, click on the flag and it will be deleted forever. This tool can be used with upper levels and that’s great for teachers if you are looking for and using authentic materials in your classes. Picture Source: ShutterStock. Teaching with Twitter [Infographic] - Blog. It's no secret that teachers are turning to social media to inform their own professional development.

Teaching with Twitter [Infographic] - Blog

This movement – often referred to as DIY PD (do-it-yourself professional development) – is empowering educators to utlize technology resources, digital media and community building to shape their own learning. However, the DIY movement isn't exclusive to teachers — classrooms around the world are turning to Twitter and social platforms to expand student learning.

"Today's high school students might be the first generation to master the art of posting respectful, deeply considered ideas in real time—and in 140 characters," writes Amanda Wynter in her article Bringing Twitter into the Classroom. 14 Social Media Tips for Teachers. Edmodo and the 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship: Minding Our Digital Footprints. Posted by: Ginger Carlson and Dr.

Edmodo and the 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship: Minding Our Digital Footprints

Raphael Raphael, co-authors of Let’s Get Social: The Educator’s Guide to Edmodo Tagged with: digital citizenshiponline safetyteaching & learning One of the most important things Edmodo has to offer learning communities is that it is a safe, protected environment in which a learning community can learn best practices for digital citizenship. Former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, argues quite convincingly that in the future of today’s students, in many realms, our students’ online identities will be more important than their physical ones. For this reason, it is essential for students to have a clear sense of how to best manage their digital selves. Fortunately, Edmodo’s protected environment offers much of what is great about popular social networks like Facebook: the chance to immediately connect with those most important to you, to share information, and to make the mind-blowing awesomeness of the Internet a bit more digestible and familiar.

Digital Law. Constant Social Media Presence May Jeopardize Teens' Mental Health. FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who feel a round-the-clock compulsion to participate on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter may pay a price in lost sleep.

Constant Social Media Presence May Jeopardize Teens' Mental Health

They may also face a higher risk for depression and anxiety, new research suggests. British researchers surveyed nearly 470 teens to explore how 24/7 social media participation might affect their emotional health. "Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety, and poor sleep quality may contribute to this," said study co-author Heather Cleland Woods, a psychology administration teacher at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. "It is important that we understand how social media use relates to these. " The findings are scheduled for presentation Friday in Manchester, England, at a British Psychological Society meeting. Approximately 90 percent of teens worldwide use social media, the researchers said in background notes.