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A Refreshingly Simple Guide To Twitter For Teachers Teachers are on Twitter every minute of every day. There are daily hashtag chats where educators from around the globe collaborate, share interesting tidbits, and make lifelong connections never before possible. There are people with tens of thousands of followers who are viewed as thought and opinion leaders. It’s exhausting. It’s overwhelming. It’s hard to imagine where to start. That’s the idea behind this simple visual guide to Twitter for teachers who are either new to the social network or simply need a refresher about why they got started in the first place. So if you’re scared of getting started with Twitter, this is a great first visual to check out. This image is a little bit dated (uses old icons, etc.) but the usefulness remains. Source: Rossier Online

A blog about blogging! Such a sense of irony to be blogging about blogging… but it is how it is when I’m so deeply entrenched in the content. So my blogging diet is protein based. It’s like I’m in training. Sometimes I feel like I’m writing around the clock to feed the need for content – whether it is writing about blogging in my book or producing content for 2 different blogs…. but it hasn’t always been this way. I, like I’m sure many of you, dragged my feet for quite some time before allowing the blogging bug to bite. There were many reasons I didn’t do it…. I didn’t have time to write (although I was writing often enough in a notebook)No one wanted to read what I had to say, so what was the point? Anyway, in the beginning, someone else did it for me. I don’t recommend this approach. Here’s what you need to do if you want to start, but you don’t know how: Pick a platform that will meet your needs (what do you plan on using the blog for?) What fears are holding you back?

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The Use of Social Media in School Share this infographic on your site! 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 - Professional community of educators - Encourages collaboration in dealing with everyday teaching related issues - Easy exchange of information, ideas, and "best practices" in a friendly environment - Exposure to technology-based ideas for the classroom - Helps to encourage professional engagement, training and continuing education - Promotion of inter-cultural and cross-cultural dialogue on education Parental Benefits: Facebook Classroom Page (managed by teacher - viewed by students and parents): 5 SourceS

Sign Up Twitter spam is a drag. What if you could know for sure that your followers are truly human, and not some bot? TrueTwit is designed to help you: Verify people from robots Avoid Twitter spam Save time managing your followers There are two versions: TrueTwit Premium TrueTwit Premium builds on the follower management in TrueTwit Basic by doing an in-depth, automated analysis of your followers and their tweets, and has the following features: No direct messaging of new followers. Access to our Follower Analysis page which summarizes the status of your followers. Sign Up Premium! TrueTwit Basic By signing up now for TrueTwit Basic, all of your new followers are sent a validation request via direct message. Sign Up Basic! Feel free to check out our release notes: TrueTwit Android Premium, another for TrueTwit Android Basic, and TrueTwit iOS.

Mark Anderson's Blog | education, learning & technology EdTech Published on September 9th, 2013 | by Mark Anderson 11inShare Many is the blog post which highlights the ways in which Twitter is the best staffroom in the world but I’ve not seen too many that highlight the ways in which we can use Twitter in the classroom. Do’s 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. With all these lesson ideas, and they are by no means exhaustive – there are some things that you really should make sure too that you do not do… Don’ts 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. I am sure that you can add your own ideas to these, please share them in the comments below.

Top Cloud Collaboration Services for Education Written by Leana Thorne Digital revolution has significantly transformed traditional teaching and learning practices, allowing educators to introduce latest technologies into their classrooms and enable students to learn more efficiently. One of the most important tech trends of the decade is definitely cloud computing that created a vast space for innovation in different industries. Cloud computing is a complex concept but it may generally be defined as a type of technology that delivers software tools and applications via the web. Cloud-based services store users’ data on remote server farms and enable constant access to important files from multiple devices simultaneously. Such an infrastructure improves collaboration and largely contributes to improved learning or teaching experience. The following cloud-based services are increasingly being implemented in educational institutions worldwide and they drive modernization of traditional learning and teaching methods. Google Drive Box

กลยุทธิ์ 44 Twitter Chat Tools For The Modern Teacher Twitter is one of the most powerful teacher professional development tools of the 21st century. The fact that that sentence is–as far as we can tell anyway–entirely true shows how much technology has changed everything. Imagine being told even just six years ago that in 2013 your best consistent source of diverse professional information would blogs and a stream of short messages in a bird-branded app on a screen you could hold in your lap. (The iPad wasn’t introduced until April, 2010!) While we believe that it’s time to offer teachers professional development credit for their time invested here, that will likely time some paradigm shifts from district administrators and policy makers. For now, we can do the best we can with what we have.

A Teacher’s 3 Twitter Accounts Twitter is the simplest system available to interact with the web and share resources. Twitter is built into the iPad’s operating system and so an account allows you to share any photo, website or resource immediately without fuss. Its system is the opposite to Facebook and expects you to operate numerous accounts for different purposes. Once you have something to share, the iPad will allow you to pick which account to Tweet with and thus which group will receive it. Below are 3 account ideas for how iPad teachers can get the most from Twitter. @EDUCATOR – Tweet as an Educator The first account is your ‘Educator’s’ account (mine’s @iPadWells) with which you interact with other teachers and share resources. @TEACHER – Tweet as a classroom teacher Create an account for your classroom activities with your students. Take photos of good student work during any day. @Dept – Tweet as a Department or School This is something I’m just setting up now. Here’s the list of ideas so far: Conclusion

EduClipper Launches Its “Pinterest For Education” Back in 2007, Adam Bellow launched a site called eduTecher to aggregate and surface the best educational resources and content on the web. A high school teacher, Bellow set out to highlight new technologies and educational tools that could be used in the classroom to improve the learning experience. When a new generation of community curation tools began to take hold on the web, like Pinterest, Bellow decided to leverage the increasing popularity of crowdsourced curation to take eduTecher to the next level. This week the teacher-turned-entrepreneur officially launched eduClipper, a platform that allows teachers and students to explore, share and contribute to a library of educational content. In both function and design, it’s essentially a Pinterest for education, with one notable difference: Because eduClipper is built exclusively for teachers and students, unlike Pinterest, you probably won’t find it blocked by your local school. For more, find eduClipper at home here.

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.