50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom Many critics of Twitter believe that the 140-character microblog offered by the ubiquitous social network can do little for the education industry. They are wrong. K-12 teachers have taken advantage of Twitter’s format to keep their classes engaged and up-to-date on the latest technologies. 1. One of the simplest ways that teachers can use Twitter in the classroom involves setting up a feed dedicated exclusively to due dates, tests or quizzes. 2. Subscribe to different mainstream and independent news feeds with different biases as a way to compare and contrast how different perspectives interpret current events and issues. 3. Set up an interesting assignment requesting that students set up Twitter for education lists following feeds relevant to their career goals and keep a daily journal on any trends that crop up along the way. The modern-day classroom has to account for a variety of learning styles in... Making ESL students feel welcome at their new school is vital to their success... 4.
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Bloomin' Apps This page gathers all of the Bloomin' Apps projects in one place.Each image has clickable hotspots and includes suggestions for iPad, Android, Google and online tools and applications to support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.I have created a page to allow you to share your favorite online tool, iOS, or Android app with others. Cogs of the Cognitive Processes I began to think about the triangular shape of Bloom's Taxonomy and realized I thought of it a bit differently.Since the cognitive processes are meant to be used when necessary, and any learner goes in and out of the each level as they acquire new content and turn it into knowledge, I created a different type of image that showcased my thoughts about Bloom's more meaningfully.Here is my visual which showcases the interlocking nature of the cognitive processes or, simply, the "Cogs of the Cognitive Processes". IPAD APPS TO SUPPORT BLOOM'S REVISED TAXONOMYassembled by Kathy Schrock Bloom's and SAMR: My thoughts
Innovation Factory Coaching Mission & Vision It is the mission and vision of the Technology & Instruction Integration Coaching team to develop the expertise and leadership of teachers we serve, while also growing ourselves. As a coaching team, we will support teachers of all levels through providing resources, sharing and modeling effective instructional practices, and providing productive feedback to those we coach. The objective of our challenges is to create Professional Learning that:
5 Great Ways Students can use Twitter for Research 1. Create a poll A great starting point for research is the generation of new statistical results on a given topic, but when restricted to their own friends and contacts, it can be difficult for students to get enough results to provide a representative sample. This problem can be solved via Twitter using a clever tool like Pollowers or Poll Everywhere, which literally turns your Twitter followers’ tweets into poll responses. Simply ask a question in a tweet, then sit back and watch as the tool catalogues responses, allowing you to follow and record the results in real-time. 2. Twitter can be a great tool for research, but students don’t always have time to trawl through tweets every day looking for updates on their topics of study. 3. By creating their own hashtag, students can invite participants from around the world to take part in instant research by contributing to a live discussion on any given topic. 4. 5.
Innovation in Education Through Crowdsourcing By Meghna Tare Keith Sawyer, author of the book “Group Genius” wrote: “All inventions emerge from a long sequence of small sparks. Collaboration brings small sparks together to generate breakthrough innovation.” Crowdsourcing, a term first coined in 2006, basically means groups of people coming together to solve a common problem. By enabling people with similar interests to collaborate, crowdsourcing initiatives offer an opportunity to help others, learn something and gain recognition. With crowdsourcing, ideas are generated from multiple contributors, including experts. Working together is vital in any successful endeavor, and sharing ideas is especially important in education. Funded by the Packard Foundation, within the framework of UNESCO’s global partnership for girls’ and women’s education, it encouraged girls and their communities to propose solutions to obstacles preventing girls from completing secondary education. Image credit: Pexels
Modern Lessons Welcome to the new online learning platform for the Global Education Database! It’s a free, simple, and quick way to learn new skills, find new education resources, and figure out how to do just about anything a modern teacher or student needs. Take as many courses as you like – they’re free and all you need to do is sign up to get started. Register To Start Learning Free View More Courses Personal Learning Networks - The Power Of Collaboration “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi I love being a teacher. There is always something new to learn and experience every year, every month, every week and every day. Yes, this can be stressful, difficult, and time-consuming, but it is never dull.Most days my classroom and my students are the highlight of my learning experience. After my classroom experiences, my educational PLN has had profound impacts on my mindset as a teacher and a learner. Personal Learning Networks for Educators HyperDoc What will you learn and share?
A printable 1-page Twitter guide for all skill levels Share Tweet Email Getting started with TweetDeck TweetDeck offers a more convenient Twitter experience by letting you view multiple timelines in one easy interface. It includes a host of advanced features to help get the most of Twitter: Manage multiple Twitter accounts, schedule Tweets for posting in the future, build Tweet collections, and more. If you use TweetDeck in a corporate or team environment, read about setting up a team account here. TweetDeck is currently available at tweetdeck.com or the Mac app store. To start using TweetDeck Go to or open the desktop app for Mac.Log in with your Twitter account. Note: If you are using an old version of our desktop app for Mac (older than Mac: 3.5.0), you will not be able to sign in with a Twitter account or create a new account until you upgrade to the latest version. To connect multiple Twitter accounts in your TweetDeck Managing multiple accounts To remove an account from TweetDeck: Selecting a default account Tweeting from multiple accounts To add a column:
8 Steps To Great Digital Storytelling Stories bring us together, encourage us to understand and empathize, and help us to communicate. Long before paper and books were common and affordable, information passed from generation to generation through this oral tradition of storytelling. Consider Digital Storytelling as the 21st Century version of the age-old art of storytelling with a twist: digital tools now make it possible for anyone to create a story and share it with the world. WHY Digital Storytelling? Digital stories push students to become creators of content, rather than just consumers. Movies, created over a century ago, represent the beginning of digital storytelling. 8 Steps to Great Digital Stories Great digital stories: Are personal Begin with the story/script Are concise Use readily-available source materials Include universal story elements Involve collaboration at a variety of levels In order to achieve this level of greatness, students need to work through a Digital Storytelling Process. 1. Resources 2. 3. 4. 5.
Developing a Future Ready Classroom With the 4 Cs HyperDocs are powerful digital activities that shift the focus of learning from the teacher to the students. The best HyperDocs support essential skills connected to collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. Source: About HyperDocs HyperDoc FundamentalsHyperDocs are powerful frameworks to support inquiry-based learning. HyperDocs allow students to explore interactive resources at their own pace. HyperDocs are digital frameworks that can support differentiated learning. Guide to Using Twitter in Your Teaching Practice : KQED Education | KQED Public Media for Northern CA Are you interested in using Twitter or other social media as a teaching tool? Our culture has transformed significantly where online distribution of ideas has become commonplace. Our students’ needs have shifted and they require digital citizenship skills. We’ve seen all sorts of creative use cases, but here are the most common forms: Teachers and students use Twitter for communication and conversation so they can keep the in-class discussion going after class! Below, you will find some great resources for your school community to help jump into using social media, specifically Twitter, as a learning tool. As you know, being a teacher means you’re uniquely positioned to provide valuable guidance and insight to your students around areas related to online safety and digital citizenship. Help teens evaluate whether or not something is okay to be shared online. You can find a more detailed list of online safety tips for teachers here. Back to the top Understanding Twitter
27 Simple Ways To Get Students Excited About Innovation Recently, our neighbors introduced us to a couple of their friends who are from Spain. They are both professors here and have a kid who will be entering college in the US this fall. We were chatting about where we’ve lived and where we’d like to, and the topic of taxes came up. One of the things that was mentioned is that in Spain (and in Europe more generally) things like healthcare are offered free of cost and higher education is much much cheaper there than in the US due to the differences in our tax systems. That got me thinking: what makes a particular teacher innovative doesn’t necessarily help their students to be innovative. Learn more about the failures Take risks Find out what inspires you Share your ideas with others and work together Reach beyond your own abilities