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7 Fantastic Free Social Media Tools for Teachers

7 Fantastic Free Social Media Tools for Teachers
The possibilities for social media tools in the classroom are vast. In the hands of the right teacher, they can be used to engage students in creative ways, encourage collaboration and inspire discussion among even soft-spoken students. But we've already made our case for why teachers should consider using social media in their classrooms. What about the how? Even when people say they want to incorporate social media, they don't always know the best ways to do so. It's especially daunting when those efforts can affect the education of your students. To help, we've collected seven of the the best classroom tools for incorporating social media into your lesson plans. EDU 2.0 is a lot like online course management systems Blackboard and Moodle, but with a couple of distinct advantages. The founder of software company The Mind Electric, who has roots in education, self-funded the development of EDU 2.0 in what the site describes as a "labor of love." 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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Partager un extrait de page web en quelques clics Cette année, comment les enseignants vont-ils utiliser les outils et ressources numériques en classe ? Certains vont poursuivre ce qu'ils ont engagé les années passées. D'autres vont se lancer dans de nouveaux projets. Pourquoi pas l'édition de livres numériques ? Attention, le travail de préparation des manuscrits est ardu ! 100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers YouTube has earned a reputation for featuring brain cell-slaughtering fare such as the truly abysmal Fred and playing host to the some of the most depressingly stupid comments this side of Yahoo! News. But for every participant liberally dishing out misspelled racist, sexist and homophobic talking points, there is at least one whose channel genuinely offers something provocative and educational. For teachers hoping to infuse multimedia into their classrooms, YouTube makes for an excellent starting point.

The Case For Social Media in Schools A year after seventh grade teacher Elizabeth Delmatoff started a pilot social media program in her Portland, Oregon classroom, 20% of students school-wide were completing extra assignments for no credit, grades had gone up more than 50%, and chronic absenteeism was reduced by more than a third. For the first time in its history, the school met its adequate yearly progress goal for absenteeism. At a time when many teachers are made wary by reports of predators and bullies online, social media in the classroom is not the most popular proposition. Teachers like Delmatoff, however, are embracing it rather than banning it. They argue that the educational benefits of social media far outweigh the risks, and they worry that schools are missing out on an opportunity to incorporate learning tools the students already know how to use. What started as a Facebook-like forum where Delmatoff posted assignments has grown into a social media component for almost every subject.

Les jeux sérieux en FLE On parle beaucoup des jeux sérieux pour des applications de formation dédiées aux entreprises ou aux administrations, et de plus en plus fréquemment à l'école. En français langue étrangère, on connait depuis quelques années « Mission Europe » et « Thélème », ce dernier étant d'ailleurs le premier jeu sérieux massivement multi-joueurs spécialisé en FLE, et le seul à notre connaissance. Le concept de mise en relation avec des locuteurs parlant le français dans le cadre d'un jeu de type « World of Wordcraft » avait séduit les enseignants et les étudiants mais le projet, issu d'une équipe UMR de l'Université de Strasbourg / CNRS « Cultures et sociétés en Europe » , ne semblait pas avoir dépassé la phase d'expérimentation universitaire : C'est avec une certaine curiosité que nous avons testé le nouveau logiciel d'apprentissage du français pour les étrangers débutants de niveau A2 "Les Éonautes". Le scénario de base est alléchant : s'imaginer étudiant à l'université du futur.

Three Ways to Cut, Mix, & Mash YouTube Videos This post was inspired by a request from a reader for a tool that can be used to mash-up YouTube clips. YouTube is full of great content that can be useful in the classroom (YouTube is also full of nonsense that causes schools to block it). Sometimes you only need to show a part of a video to illustrate a point. Using social media in education, Part 1: Opportunity, risk, and policy Introduction Universities and colleges increasingly are using new communication technologies to produce innovative teaching methods, thus improving relationships with staff and students. Much of this innovation is centered on social media spaces and concepts. We will discuss both the opportunities and risks of this media in detail in this article. Social media literally means media spaces that are sociable in some sense and therefore encompasses many Web 2.0 spaces (see Resources). Web 2.0 is a "read write" medium, where users can contribute their own material and creativity as opposed to the "read only" web where users engage passively with others' content.

Creating Blogs and Websites This page is where you can find resources related to my presentations about creating effective blogs and websites to complement instruction. How to create a Blogger blog. How to turn on comment moderation in Blogger. How to add or subtract contributors to your Blogger blog. How to create an Edublogs blog. How to create a Wordpress.com blog.

Using social media in education, Part 2: Tools, support, and technical issues Social media tools in education Social media tools are changing the education landscape. These tools tend to fall into two broad categories: those primarily intended for social networking, such as Facebook or Twitter, and those that are designed for sharing user-generated content such as blogs, YouTube, or Flickr. It is the mixture of informality and ease of updating that makes social media approaches so appealing, whether mainstream tools are used, or whether niche or local social media tools are installed or developed. Social media tools have dramatically improved communication among professionals in education. This has occurred in the form of intense dialog through blog comment streams, as contributions to virtual gatherings like #lrnchat on Twitter, or via closed and tightly managed spaces such as Glow, the Scottish national intranet for schools that includes social media-like functionality (see Resources ).

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Le blog de la formation professionnelle et continue L’étude récente de la Cegos sur la formation en Europe fait ressortir une diversification des modalités pédagogiques. Un nombre important de salariés répondent apprendre via des conférences, des communautés de pratiques, des blogs, des wikis, des podcast… L’offre formation au sein de l’entreprise utilise peu (voir pas) ces modalités ce qui veut dire que les collaborateurs les utilisent en dehors du monde professionnel. C’est un enjeu pour les services formations d’enrichir leurs offres internes pour de pas laisser s’échapper ce leadership de la compétence.

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