Three Reasons Students Should Own Your Classroom’s Twitter and Instagram Accounts It is quickly becoming a non-negotiable for all classrooms to leverage social media in order to communicate with families and other classrooms—thus engaging others in the daily lives of students. While simply posting “fun” photos is a start, this novelty wears off quickly, and as a result, we must think more critically about how we communicate via social media. As a second grade teacher who facilitates a student-centered classroom, I now believe our use of social media is an opportunity for students to partake in the type of learning in which they can thrive and shout their story to the world. 1. Genuine Digital Citizenship Opportunities In fall 2012, I liked the idea of Twitter, but the thought of social media infiltrating my classroom was still a bit scary. A month later, I realized the value of students sharing work with more than just those in our classroom. What we do in my classroom: This fall, students in our classroom completed digital citizenship bootcamp. 2. 3.
41 Websites for Teachers to Integrate Tech into Your Classroom « Ask a Tech Teacher This list has a little bit of everything, and will kick-start your effort to put technology into your lesson plans: Do you have any to add to this list? Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. Follow me Like this: Like Loading... Why Social Media Programs Fail There is no lack of focus on social media success stories, even though we keep talking about the same ones (e.g. Old Spice, Dell, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, etc.) over and over again. But what about social media failure? There’s little attention paid to campaigns and programs that drop the ball, blow up or, frankly, are a waste of time and money. The thing about failure is it shouldn’t be shoved into the corner and alone. Failure needs to be scrutinized, explored and studied so we can understand how to create successful efforts. Here are some of the leading reasons why success can be so elusive: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Note: This post originally appeared on the Sysomos blog.
TeachEng.us » 100+ examples of use of social media for learning C4LPT EmailShare 0EmailShare Note: this page dates back to 2011. More up to date information is to be found in my Social Learning Handbook 2014. Here are over 100 ways that different social technologies (and tools) are being used by learning professionals worldwide – compiled from the comments of those who have contributed to the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 activity. Blogging (1) “Blogs are great for learning from others, reflection, story sharing, facilitating connections among people, philosophizing, and much more” Janice Petosky, Instructional designer,West Chester, Pennsylvania (2) “Writing a blog is a learning activity, of course, but reading the best blogs that are available is one of my most productive learning experiences.” (3) “Blogging is my chief way of making sense of things“ Michele Martin, Freelance Learning Consultant, USA (5) “While everyone seems to get the blog thing now, few are leveraging the technology for what, at its root, it really is: a very quick web page creator.
GRAMMAR ACTIVITY: Editing Celebrity Social Media by Presto Plans This best-selling resource allows students to edit grammar, spelling, and punctuation in a fun and modern way! Students will have the chance to read some of their favorite celebrities' social media updates to find errors, correct them, and give reasons for their corrections! Want more celebrity grammar errors? Check out VOLUME 2! =========================================================This Resource Is Included In My Grammar Bundle. Grammar Resource Bundle ========================================================= What Is Included In Your Purchase: • 20 social media updates for students to edit (3 different sizes) • Detailed answer key provided with reasoning for all edits • A powerpoint presentation to go over all of the edits with your students • A worksheet for students to go home and find their own errors on social media • A poster to display this work on a bulletin board ____________________________________________________________________ Feedback On This Resource 1. 2. 3. 4.
Top 6 Sites that Inspire and Educate If you’re a professional who likes to be intellectually stimulated and you enjoy keeping up with the latest news and breaking trends, the internet provides you with an endless choice of carefully curated sites to visit. Today, we bring you six of them that we believe are leaps and bounds above the rest. These sites will not only educate you on topics ranging from business and technology to art and design, they’ll motivate you to find your own, original ideas and see them through. They’re culturally relevant, they’re idea driven and most of all, they’re deeply inspirational. TED is short for three incredibly important subjects in our modern world; technology, entertainment and design. Tip: Download TED’s free iPad app to browse through 800 videos by date, popularity or keyword. 2. Brain Pickings started from very humble beginnings. Tip: With over 63K Twitter followers, Brainpicker has a strong audience…and for good reason. 4. 5.
Social media Screw Ups - A History 12 Social Media Monitoring Tools Reviewed After several months of researching, testing, and using various tools for social media monitoring and response, I thought it might be helpful to share some of my findings. It was fun to dive into these tools, but I hope the information in this article will save you time and help you quickly find the tool that’s right for your needs. Why Bother Monitoring Social Media? Even if you or your clients have "decided" not to actively participate in social media, it’s really not a choice. Monitoring helps with branding and marketing and can help identify quality control or customer care problems that may have gone unnoticed. Monitoring is only one piece of the puzzle, however. Terminology There are few terms you’ll need to be familiar with before we talk about the tools, so let’s take a moment to cover them before we jump into the details. Influence If you find there are customers who have a strong opinion of your brand, it’s important to understand the influence of those customers. Sentiment Volume 1.
Edu-pinning: Pinterest in Education « ErHead My name is Erin Paynter and I am addicted to Pinterest. Pinterest has been named over and over as the hottest new website for 2012, with the rate of new users rising every week at a seemingly exponential rate. Some of what is driving the huge rate of growth is its “viral” nature, meaning re-pins account for most of the activity on the site (MarktetingProfs article: Social Media: What’s Driving Pinterest’s Amazing Growth). In the past few weeks, the uses of Pinterest in the field of education have come zooming to the forefront of the online edu-chatter (see this post by Eric Sheninger). These are six pinners from the field of education and leadership that I think have boards worth following: Vicki Davis (coolcatteacher) Vicki has created boards on: “Being a Social Media Maven”, “Teaching Ideas and Apps” and “Collaborative Writing”, and my favourite “Global Collaboration in Education”. Eric Sheninger (esheninger) Karen Steffensen (kstef2) Debbie Fucoloro (debbiefuco) Like this: Like Loading...
3 Chrome Extensions For Gmail That Help You Use Email Quickly In my meandering through the Chrome Web Store, I found three Chrome extensions designed for Gmail that looked like a perfect productivity hack to defeat my inertia. Of course, to complement my Gmail user experience, I was also armed with the recommendations given by Matt when he talked about 6 Cool Google Chrome Extensions for Gmail Users. If you are as conscious about your ‘laze times’ as me, I am sure you will like these three Chrome extensions for the Gmail user. Mailto:Gmail This is the simplest extension of the trio. Send From Gmail We have talked about this Chrome extension for Gmail in the 4 Ways to Set Gmail as Your Default Email in Your Browser. OmniMail OmniMail for Gmail is just about the best Chrome extension if you want rapid-fire email productivity from the address bar. Once granted, an input of mail <email address> and hitting Enter will open up the Gmail compose window within Gmail itself in a new tab. OmniMail auto-suggests email contacts in the dropdown just like Gmail.
Social Media Case Studies & Examples Are you using content marketing as part of your digital strategy to grow your business? If so, you're not alone. According to the Content Marketing Institute, the lion's share of marketers (some 92%) report using content marketing. In the fast moving world of digital strategy, things are always changing. What should you expect in 2014 to change in the world of content marketing? Hana Abaza of Uberflip has put together an infographic detailing five key content marekting trends for the coming year. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7 Examples of Brands That Pop on Pinterest I’m sitting here next to an empty pan of mini red velvet donuts, and all I want to do is find another recipe to bake this weekend. No, my first stop won’t be the Food Network, Gourmet, or Cooking Light. What I am dying to do is head over to my new obsession -- Pinterest -- to discover the next pastry to tackle. Currently, I'm using Pinterest to save links to just about everything: recipes I love, clothes I want to buy, or furniture I want to furnish my house with someday. As a 25-year-old graduate student, someday is a little farther off than I’d like, but it’s best to be prepared. Since you already know how to use Pinterest for marketing, now you're probably craving some inspirational real-life examples of brands using it effectively. Based on this data, it's not surprising that many businesses-focused early adopters have been lifestyle brands like home goods retailer West Elm and Real Simple Magazine. Chobani What They're Doing Right: Oreck Yes, the vacuum cleaner brand. Mashable Etsy
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