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Five-Minute Film Festival: Twitter in Education

Five-Minute Film Festival: Twitter in Education
I think it's fair to say that Twitter can no longer be dismissed as a trivial passing fad. Though I had dabbled with a personal account, my entire opinion changed when I started my @VideoAmy account and dove in to the conversations educators were engaged in. While some people certainly do tweet about what they're having for breakfast, teachers, administrators, and educational organizations use Twitter in a whole different way -- making smart use of those 140 characters to share resources, wisdom, and inspiration. With the wealth of information out there, you have to cut through the noise a little to figure out how it will work best for you. PLN-building?

5 Tools For Creating Your Own Infographics Five years ago, almost nobody knew what the heck an infographic was. (I sure didn’t, and I was a graphic design major in college at the time.) Now that the infographic craze has saturated us with new visual knowledge (and marketing gimmicks), something interesting has happened: The creation of infographics has become democratized. No longer is the act of creating a visual data story confined to professional designers using professional tools like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. Now anyone with a data set can build an infographic. (See also 5 Business & Design Tools Every Tech Freelancer Should Learn.) Trust me when I say that with these tools, you don’t have to be a designer to create a high-quality, effective infographic. With that in mind, I’ve cobbled together a list of five services/methods that even non-designers can use to create or commission great infographics. All The Bells And Whistles is free, and free is good. Piktochart: Drag-And-Drop Templates Galore

6 Powerful Tools to Find Your Customers on Twitter Finding customers can involve attending networking events where everyone grabs their 100 business cards, puts on their best suit or “business hunting outfit” and then lurks at the back of the cocktail party ready to pounce after surveying their prey from a safe distance. You can always “hope” that the person you buttonhole will tolerate your witty, clever banter and that they will be interested in what you have to say about you, your company or your product. If you are lucky you may meet 2-3 people and it will be hit and miss whether they are interested. Now face to face business networking certainly still has its place but there are ways to make it more efficient and effective Find Your Prospects On-line There is a better way to do this and it involves technology and it enables you to take your stalking on-line that removes the uncomfortable tension of that cocktail party. Two Ways to Find your Target Keyword, Phrase or TagCategory 6 Twitter Tools 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Which one do you use?

QR Code Addin for PowerPoint This QR Code Addin for PowerPoint helps you to embed QR Code in your PowerPoint slides. You can use this QR Code Addin to generate a QR Code for your contact slide or to be used in many other creative ways. Did you know that using QR Code (Quick Response codes) in your slides you can engage your audience and gain extra commitment? You can use this free addin for PowerPoint to generate a QR Code and embed it in your contact slides (with your contact information), product references and more. The QR Code can embed virtually any data, but this addin will help you to generate a SMS QR Code, a web address QR Code, a vCard QR Code (for contact information) or any other free data that you want to add to your slide. Once installed, a new Insert QR Code button is added to the Insert ribbon. You need to click on that button in order to open the QR Code Dialog. Choose the type of QR Code information that you want to embed into the slide. How to use the QR Code Addin for PowerPoint? Loading ...

10 Ways Teachers Can Use Twitter for Professional Development This is our third consecutive post on Twitter. Now that you have a roadmap on how to use Twitter in your classroom and after you have identified with the different educational hashtags you need to follow as a teacher, let us share with you some ideas on how to leverage the power of this social platform for professional development purposes. Talking about using social networking to grow professionally brings to mind LinkedIn. This is an undeniably powerful network that is more professionally focused ( you can read more about the educational uses of LinkedIn HERE ) but Twitter has also its own attraction that we can not ignore. It a huge base of users and is probably much known among teachers and educators than LinkedIn. 1- Create a strong profile page The first thing to do is to let people know about you and your interests. 2- Keep your profile professional One of the mistakes some teachers do is that they create one account and share everything in it.

A Complete Guide to Using Blogger In School - 81 Page Free PDF Since 2006 I have used Blogger for many blogging projects including this blog and many classroom blogs. Over the years I've introduced many teachers to blogging through Blogger. Blogger is easy to use and flexible enough to support you when you're ready to start using some advanced blogging strategies. I've covered the basics of Blogger and blogging in various blog posts over the years. This week I finally put all of those posts together with a series of annotated screenshots in one cohesive package, A Complete Guide to Using Blogger In School. A Complete Guide to Using Blogger In School covers everything from blogging terminology to blogging activities to the nuts and bolts of using Blogger. A Complete Guide to Using Blogger In School is embedded below. I'm going to allow downloading the guide for the rest of the month.

6 Tips on How to Use Twitter's New Vine Video App for Marketing Twitter is underwhelming at 140 characters. Any sane person would say “What do you do with that?” Why limit yourself to so few words when there is a dictionary and an encyclopedia available and limitless communication at your disposal. Its brevity is both an enigma and its charm. Keeping it simple is not without success precedent. One of the most successful children’s books of all time was written with only 50 words. Simple is good. The history of short and simple Just over twenty years ago on December 3, 1992 the message “Merry Christmas” was sent by software engineer Neil Papworth to the Vodafone director Richard Jarvis. That was the world’s first text message. Who would think that 20 years later that: 6 billion messages would be sent every day in the USA2.2 trillion texts would be sent every year in the USA8.6 trillion SMS messages would be created every year around the planetText messaging would be a $150 billion a year industry It is the messaging of choice for most teenagers. Why bother?

The Use of Social Media in School Share this infographic on your site! <a href=" src=" alt="The Use of Social Media in School" width="500" border="0" /></a><br />Image source: <a href=" Embed this infographic on your site! The editors at Best Masters in Education decided to research the topic of: Teens are actively Tweeting, Posting, Liking, and Commenting all across Social Media and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. The use of social media in school can't be left to chance; it needs to be mediated. Skype, YouTube, and Facebook are the most popular social networking sites used in schools 2 Student Benefits: 1 Educator Benefits: 4 Parental Benefits: - Increase communication between teachers and students - Involvement in the classroom and the curriculum - Understanding class and teacher expectations - Transparency for schools and districts SourceS

How Twitter has made me a New Teacher « Dukelyer TwitterThe other day I managed to pass a couple of Twitter milestones, 500 followers and 3000 tweets, and I made me really stop and think about how this thing that many of us use named Twitter has affected my life and my passion for teaching . I teach at a steadily growing, but really still small, country school in the lower middle of the South Island of New Zealand. The closest town is 20 minutes away and has a standing population 4-5 thousand people year round. Like in most New Zealand primary schools I am the only male teacher. Then I grabbed an opportunity to travel to an EXPO in Dunedin where I met up with a teacher who I had met the past year and he was Tweeting. It lay dormant for a few months and it took me many tries to even remember the password and username, but after seeing two passionate, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers mention Twitter and a PLN as part of their success I new that I had to give it a go and have not looked back since. Thank you Twitter Like this:

44 Better Ways To Use Smartphones In The Classroom 44 Better Ways To Use Smartphones In The Classroom by John Hardison first appeared on This week an online article grabbed my attention. Its title read “94 Percent of High School Students Using Cellphones in Class.” I immediately scoped out the heading and thought to myself, “Finally, teachers are beginning to embrace the powerful little gadgets.” One quotation in particular caused serious professional introspection on my behalf. I understand the tougher task of using regular cell phones in class versus internet ready smartphones, however , I could not disagree more with the above quotation. A blessed trip to the ISTE 2011 conference in Philadelphia helped me devise a BYOD classroom management plan and opened my eyes to the infinite educational potential of smartphones in the classroom. However, one of my toughest baseball coaches once said, “Potential and a dollar will get you a Coke.” 44 Better Ways To Use Smartphones In The Classroom Use Smartphones to Collaborate

How to Herd Cats on Twitter If there is one thing you have to love about Twitter is that sometimes it seems like the “Wild West”. Untamed but with many opportunities. At other moments it feels like you are herding cats. A chaotic stream of tweets that have no apparent organisation, theme or filters. Wikipedia says this on herding cats: “An idiomatic saying that refers to an attempt to control or organize a class of entities which are uncontrollable or chaotic. Now doesn’t that sound like Twitter? It is trying to make sense of its chaos, embracing a jumble of jellyfish or throwing a net over a swarm of bees. Always fun, sometimes dangerous but with a lot of potential. Twitter has its own rhythm Facebook is filtered for family and friend fun. Well… what about Pinterest? And Instagram? A distraction in the form of an app that makes you stop what you are doing as you walk and travel. Twitter is a torrent of humanity. It’s quick and sometimes requires little thought and it shows. So how do you herd? It’s not needed. 100inShare

Twitter for Researchers guide At my institution we’re really stepping up our support for researchers, and I’ve been doing a lot of stuff around the Web 2.0 end of the spectrum. I’m running a suit of workshops called Becoming a Networked Researcher, and I’ve been into departments to give taster presentations like this one: We’ve also finally completed a guide to using Twitter for Researchers. It’s more a Twitter for Researchers actually, rather than the process of academic research itself (although that is possible). I’ve hosted it on Scribd in order to embed it on our web pages, and it got picked up and featured on Scribd’s homepage so that helped boost the number of views it has had, which is huge, relatively speaking – around three-and-a-half-thousand. The guide took a surprisingly long time to do – the difference between knowing stuff and actually writing an ideal version of it down in a document never ceases to disappoint me… Adding examples took a while too.