Facebook Finally Gets Hashtag Support Hashtags are coming to Facebook to help users better surface conversations. Support for the all-but-ubiquitous topic organization system was rumored in March and will roll out to a small percentage of users Wednesday. Facebook will roll out hashtags to more users in the coming weeks. The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook, and functional hashtags are the first step. According to Facebook, many users already post hashtags anyway, so why not make them work. Hashtags from other services, such as Instagram, are clickable as well. Twitter user Chris Messina created in 2007 the hashtag as we know it today.
22 Effective Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom Using Twitter in the classroom is a no-brainer. It’s a powerful and free tool that already has wide adoption among educators, students, administrators, and parents. So how do you effectively use Twitter to resonate with students? Why not start by using the following methods that are organized by Bloom’s Taxonomy? The below visual showcases a variety of cases that should be of use for any teacher looking to effectively integrate Twitter into courses, lessons, projects, etc. What if you could use your favorite social network in the classroom? That’d be the cat’s pajamas. (For our many international readers not familiar with that term, it simply means ‘that’d be great.’) You can actually use Twitter with Bloom’s Taxonomy thanks to this below table built by TeachBytes .
Brainstorming and Voting Amazingly Easy. Free Online Tool | tricider Use Instagram for Education with #Edugram Most of us realize how important it is to be connected via 21st Century means as our students are continually seeing the world on a much smaller scale through the technology they so embrace. Being aware and using the technology available is crucial for us to not only understand our students, but to better understand our selves. Which is why we at Education is My Life are embracing a new(er) technology, and we want you to join us. Intsagram is an app and website that allows users to share pictures and text. We believe that Instagram has the potential to be a valuable asset to the Edu community. So we’re going to try something. -Your teaching process -Great lessons -Student projects -Inspirational pics -Creative Expressions -“Check-ins” at Edu conferences -All things Eduawesome Instagram gives us a venue where we can show off a little bit. Social Media platforms were something entirely different until educators began using them both in and outside of the classroom.
10 Open Source Tools For Busy Teachers There’s a pantload of premium products available to teachers right now. If you’re willing to pay a little (or a lot) then you can have professional-grade products. But what if you don’t need the ultra-fancy version? What if you just need to do a quick task and then move on? Then you’re probably better off with one of these open source tools that costs you nothing and has a strong community behind it. So now that we’ve established ‘free’ is a good price, let’s check out some of the more popular and powerful open source alternatives for teachers, students, and just about everyone else. WordPress WordPress powers a huge chunk of the world’s websites. Pidgin Pidgin lets you instant message / chat with all your friends in one place. Audacity Looking to do some quick sound-editing? Tomboy Need to take notes but don’t have an iPad, smartphone, or Evernote? MediaWiki This bit of software is insanely powerful but a bit more complex. Want to have a video player that you know will just work? Edubuntu
8 Great Twitter Accounts for Students to Follow Putting together a list of 10 Inspirational Student Blogs recently was such an eye-opener to the fantastic ways students are using the internet, I couldn’t resist delving deeper and checking out some of the ways they are using social media too! I’ve written before about the brilliant ways Twitter can be used for learning, so if you’re looking for ways to encourage your students of all ages to sign up, look no further than pointing them in the direction of these inspirational Twitter accounts! 1. The New Scientist Twitter tagline is “If someone in the world has a good idea, you’ll read about it here.” 2. This joyful, tongue-in-cheek account sees Kid President take on the world’s problems and have fun doing it! 3. All the important news stories and current affairs for young people – a great resource for teachers wanting to find a starting point to discuss what’s going on around the world. 5. 6. 7. 8.
22 Ways To Use Twitter For Learning Based On Bloom's Taxonomy Last year we created a “twitter spectrum,” an image that clarified different ways that twitter could be used in the classroom in (hopefully) authentic ways. TeachBytes has followed that up with an excellent graphic of their own that uses a pure Bloom’s Taxonomy approach. The specific ideas range from “remix trending tweets with video and music” to creating concept maps showing the relationship between tweets. We must admit to going back and forth over the exact fit of a social media platform like twitter in a formal (or informal) learning environment. Unless you’re using it as a cultural survey of sorts. As with all things, sweet spot matters.
10 Educators On Twitter You Should Follow - If you’re already a teacher on Twitter, you know how useful it can be to connect with other educators and get the latest news in education. If you’re not on Twitter you may think it’s just celebrities navel gazing while everyone else tweets pictures of their latest meal. Yes, there can be some of that, but there are also plenty of innovative teachers using Twitter to engage with like-minded people on a variety of education subjects. Whether you’re a Twitter novice or pro, here are some educators on Twitter that may be worth following. 10 Educators On Twitter You Should Follow (But Probably Don’t) 1. Middle school teacher Ron Clark, winner of Disney’s American Teacher Awards 2000 Outstanding Teacher of the Year, is also an author, speaker and co-founder of the Ron Clark Academy. 2. 3. Prolific Twitter user Jessica Johnson is an elementary school principal in rural Wisconsin and co-moderator of the #educoach Wednesday night chat on Twitter. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Popplet (2) Education - Mobile Learning Kindergarten ClassTweets With Meteorologist My class had a unique and fun experience on twitter recently when they were able to tweet with two local weather experts. It all started when I tweeted to several news stations asking if they would be interested in tweeting with my Kindergarten class. I think reaching out to these experts on twitter is much more effective than email because the people you are looking for need to be familiar with the tool anyway. Thankfully I got a response from two news stations and I worked with them to set up the tweeting. Twitter is a great way to connect with experts because it is not time sensitive allowing them to respond whenever they have a chance. The highlights for me... * The look on the girls face when they realized one of our weather experts was a girl! * Showing my class that you can connect with experts * Introducing my class to people passionate about science * My class seeing some of the technology used by weather experts * Tracking the weather forecast Mr.
Teachers – The 10 Stages of Twitter Stage 1 Sign up to twitter following persuasion/pestering by colleagues. Follow Stephen Fry, a famous sportsman/popstar and a news channel. Read a few tweets, don’t understand what the fuss is about and mock anyone who uses twitter. Stage 2 Overhear colleagues chatting about twitter and a great article they found. Stage 3 Think about posting first tweet. Stage 4 Upon realising you have no followers ask colleagues how to get them? Stage 5 Have a mini twitter conversation with colleague, even retweet a couple of statements. Stage 6 Practise a couple of tweets that include @names and hashtags. Stage 7 Retweet any link you find interesting as people might read them. Stage 8 Thank colleagues for introducing you to twitter, impressed with the knowledge you have gleaned and your growing number of followers. Stage 9 Reflect that twitter is an incredibly positive place and everyone is full of praise. Stage 10 (the reason for this post) When seeking opinion from a range of people, ask PLN to respond.
Follow These 30 Twitter Users To Learn About Global Education Part of the beauty of having the internet in our pants (as Twitter CEO Dick Costolo so aptly said) is that getting in touch with people, staying in touch with them, and getting whatever information we want when we want it is pretty easy. So if you want to learn more about what’s happening in the education arena globally, Twitter is a pretty great place to start. So we went on a twitterhunt the other day and put together a (not nearly exhaustive) list of Twitter users who have a global education focus. These folks are listed in no particular order. The Stream Of Global Education Twitter Users Click here to view this list in Twitter. The List Of Twitter Users In The Above List thinkglobaluk Think Global is a membership based charity that works to educate and engage the UK public on global issues. IHEGlobal This is a new Twitter feed for Inside Higher Ed’s coverage of international issues — ideas are always welcome. wbeducation News and Information from the World Bank Education Sector.
30 ways to use Twitter to accelerate learning How can Twitter be used to accelerate learning? Here are 30! 1. Provide tips daily. Teachers can tweet to their students a word a day, with short definition to provide a constant reach of vocabulary. 2. Set up a book reading club and integrate Twitter by providing a platform for the members to write a short review of the book that they are currently reading, or even provide a teaser for the members of the club about a book and ask them to predict the ending of the book. 3. Some students are afraid to put up their hands and participate in a classroom discussion. 4. Provide a place for the students to ask anything about the assignments that you have given to them. 5. Particularly in a large classroom, for example a lecture hall, you will be overwhelmed by the amount of students and often finds it hard to ask or answer questions. 6. Generating ideas by brainstorming is an effective learning experience. 7. 8. 9. Perfect for Modern Foreign Language engagement. 10. 11. 12. #educhat - Education