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 How Twitter Made Me A Better Teacher Few can argue the need to keep up to date in your field. In the same way that I would want a doctor who is current and knowledgeable in new methods, treatments, and techniques, I would want a teacher who is continually learning about the best their field has to offer and modifying their practices accordingly. I thought that I was doing fairly well in the area of professional development before joining Twitter and creating a teaching account. However, I must now admit that I was wrong. Twitter has the ability to connect you to the world. Seems hard to imagine why I was so late to hop on the train! Hashtags are thrown around left and right on television, and you are constantly hearing about Tweeting Tweens and following celebrities through every moment or thought of their day. What I had failed to do was to look past the hype. At first it was difficult. Then, there are the chats.
Teaching the Next Generation The other day I was issued a challenge….by a nine year old child. This child, one who has proven to be wise beyond their years, issued their challenge by voicing just one simple word….why? Why…..? See I spent the weekend hanging out with family, father’s day and all that, and while I was there my sister roped me into helping her oldest with their homework. “You’ve got to do it.” “It’s boring!” “I know kid…but that’s the only way you can learn.” “Why?!?!” And there it was. Why? I’m amazed at how much this simple conversation has opened my eyes, not only to the fact that the times tables are boring, but to the fact that we have gotten ourselves into an educational rut. Tradition? Even worse, we are now in the education business ourselves. I think…no, I know that we can do better. So here is my challenge. We have no excuse. With E-Learning the sky is the limit and maybe not even that. So, what’s your limit? Remember that question.
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.
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Students Who Challenge Us:Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do Among the many challenges teachers face, often the most difficult is how to engage students who seem unreachable, who resist learning activities, or who disrupt them for others. This is also one of the challenges that skilled teachers have some control over. In my nine years of teaching high school, I've found that one of the best approaches to engaging challenging students is to develop their intrinsic motivation. The root of intrinsic is the Latin intrinsecus, a combination of two words meaning within and alongside. How can teachers do this? What Skilled Teachers Can Think What we think guides how we view the world, including how we view challenging students. 1. Being authoritarian means wielding power unilaterally to control someone, demanding obedience without giving any explanation for why one's orders are important. It's not too much of a stretch to apply this finding to teachers and students. 2. Which mind-set we hold makes a tremendous difference. Teachers aren't superhuman. 3.
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.
The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags Whether you’re a new or seasoned Twitter user, you likely come across confusing hashtags that probably look like a bunch of nonsense. First, What’s A Hashtag? The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keyword or topic in a Tweet. For example, the popular #edchat hashtag is used by thousands of users every Tuesday. How To Hide Your Hashtag Chat From Followers When having a Twitter #hashtag chat, if you want to avoid overwhelming your followers, start any tweet you want to “hide” with @HideChat or (one character shorter) @HideTag . You don’t need to do this with all your chat tweets (though you could). Sources That’s why it’s probably helpful for you to check out the following list of popular educational hashtags. The Most Popular Hashtags #edchat – Education, worldwide (lots of US teachers). Technology #edtech – a very wide range of tweets relating to the use of technology in education. Subject Specific Specific Areas / Roles The Full List of (Nearly) All Educational Hashtags