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7 Ways Teachers Use Social Media in the Classroom

7 Ways Teachers Use Social Media in the Classroom
Millennials live and breathe on social media, so teachers are learning how to incorporate the medium into the classroom successfully. In doing so, teachers not only encourage students to engage actively in the material, but they also provide online communities for students that might not exist for them in real life. But how are teachers infusing social media into their everyday lessons? We've highlighted several different examples and offered our own ideas on how to best engage students. 1. Encourage students to share work socially. Anna Divinsky created an iTunes U class at Penn State University called Art 10: Introduction to Visual Studies, which she then adapted into a massive open online course (MOOC) on Coursera. For each class assignment, students were responsible for evaluating each other's work. Students shared their work on a variety of platforms. @psutlt #art10psu Art in the style of Rousseau (done in pencil)— Wendy S Dixson (@WendyDixson) July 16, 2013

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Google+ Introduces Embedded Posts Google+ introduced a couple of new features on Monday, including a new tool that allows bloggers and content creators to embed public Google+ posts on other sites. Users who wish to highlight a Google+ post within a news story or on a personal blog can do so by clicking the "Embed post" tab from the drop down menu in the post's upper righthand corner. Users can then copy and paste the available line of code to embed the post, including text and photos. Once a post is embedded on another site, it should still be fully interactive, according to a Google+ blog post, meaning users can +1 a post, comment, or follow the post's author from the embed. "We want to make it easy to expand your audience across the web," wrote Seth Sternberg, Director of Google+ Platform.

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How Students Are Using The Internet For Studying Does anyone out there remember actually having to go to the library to research for a paper? I remember having to order books from other libraries when I was in graduate school and -gasp- had to wait for them to be sent to me! Annoying, right? Even in that relatively short amount of time, we’ve been cultured to understand that we can learn from anything, anywhere, immediately. The landscape of researching and studying has changed quite a bit, hasn’t it? While I’m a little sad that there is no sourcing listed (and as such, I can’t cross check the information presented) the handy infographic below has taught me a few interesting things about current students’ online studying and research habits.

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This article was geared more towards college students, but I thought the examples were great and elementary teachers could learn and adapt for their own students. I thought the Twitter request of asking students to showcase their work was a great idea. Instead of collecting 50+ pieces of paper, students can take a picture and post it online for submission. It also allows students to see each others work. by courtneycalhoun11 Jul 14

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