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The Twitteraholic’s Ultimate Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter

The Twitteraholic’s Ultimate Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter
Most educators who learn to use Twitter effectively say they learn more from their personal learning network (PLN) on Twitter than they’ve achieved from any other forms of professional development or personal learning. Unfortunately educators often dismiss Twitter, or fail to see the value of Twitter, when they’re first introduced to Twitter. Our aim of this post is to provide all the information you need to learn how to use Twitter effectively as an educator. We regularly update this post with new information. Click on a link below to go to the section you want to read: About the Twitter-a-holic’s Ultimate Guide The original Twitter-a-holic’s Guide was published in July, 2010 when I’d just returned from attending a large conference overseas and realized that while a conference can make you feel really overwhelmed and alone — especially amongst the 13,000 ed tech professionals participants who attend it each year — I never felt alone. Why? Back to Top Introduction to Twitter Back to Top Handle Related:  Ed. Tech. ToolsSocial Media & Social Networks

Top 10 Free Content Curation Tools For Teachers - eLearning Industry Summary: Finding educational content in the web is no big deal- but managing it, is. Educational content curation is the art – rather than the act – of sorting out the vast amounts of educational content on the web and organizing them around a specific educational topic in a coherent way. General speak all teachers are educational information curators, or should be. Modern web tools help both students and teachers to contribute online discoveries to class conversations. But which is the best way to collect and share relevant educational content with your students Which are the best free education tools to manage presentation of educational resources? In the following list you will find the Top 10 Free Content Curation Tools for Teachers that I highly encourage you to try out. Create the best Course for your School with the Right Vendor Find, choose and compare the top eLearning Content Development Companies for K12! Homebase Make work easier.

This is what it's like to grow up in the age of likes, lols and longing | The Washington Post “It kind of, almost, promotes you as a good person. If someone says, ‘tbh you’re nice and pretty,’ that kind of like, validates you in the comments. Then people can look at it and say ‘Oh, she’s nice and pretty.’” “It kind of, almost, promotes you as a good person. Tbh, Katherine is both nice and pretty. School is where she thrives: She is beloved by her teachers, will soon star as young Simba in the eighth-grade performance of “The Lion King” musical, and gets straight A’s. Now she’s on her own page, checking the comments beneath a photo of her friend Aisha, which she posted for Aisha’s birthday. “Happy birthday posts are a pretty big deal,” she says. Katherine is the point guard on her basketball team. Rachel, Katherine’s au pair, comes in the room and tells her it’s time to get ready for basketball practice.

8 little-known video resources popular with teachers OpenEd compiled this list of resources after reviewing teacher video use The use of video in education is growing by leaps and bounds. Videos are used in classrooms to support student learning, they play a critical role in flipped learning, and they also figure prominently in teacher professional development. One of the best parts about educational videos? Educators can usually find a free high-quality video to suit any number of needs. OpenEd, creator of an online library of free and open K-12 resources, recently analyzed the use of videos in its resource library. The eight video publishers emerged as resources that teachers frequently assign. 1. Next page: Seven more video resources, along with an infographic illustrating the resources

#OTalk A group of Occupational Therapists on Twitter are keen to enable discussion regarding Occupational Therapy (#OTalk) and the broader academic discipline of Occupational Science (#Occhat). On Tuesdays (already #OTuesday on Twitter) at 8-9pm UK time, starting on the 25th October 2011 (the week of World OT Day 2011), interested parties can chat about a pre-identified topic. Each week the topic will be posted on this facebook page.

Rubrics for Assessment Teachers who integrate technology into student activities and projects often ask us this question - “How do I grade it?” Fundamentally, assessing multimedia activities and projects is no different than evaluating traditional assignments, such as written essays. The primary distinctions between them are the unique features and divergent possibilities associated with their respective medium. The first thing to realize is that you cannot separate the user from the device. iPads, Chromebooks, and tech tools themselves don’t demonstrate great learning; it’s about what students do with the technology that matters.

Using social media to support school library services Helen Stower & Margaret Donaghue Mt Alvernia iCentre was an early adopter of social media for school library services, and is now five years into the journey which began experimentally and involved a steep learning curve. Currently, we are in the process of drafting social media guidelines and strategies. If we were to embark on using social media today, these guidelines would be our first step. This article shares our story about learning to use social media platforms as one avenue of moving our library services into the digital age. Learning about new information landscapes We began investigating the use of social media in the spirit of leading pedagogical change. At that time, our vision was to connect our learners with the skills, tools, and information they needed to live and work in the digital age. Learning how to engage in social media Along the journey, we have discovered many things. Learning how social media supports school library services The need for social media guidelines

New virus created that can completely wreck Apple computers Two security consultants have created a new computer worm, the Thunderstrike 2, that attacks the core hardware of a Mac computer once unleashed. The worm was designed to expose vulnerabilities in the once-assumed airtight security of Apple products. The worm works by attacking the computer’s firmware, the software that comes pre-installed and loads the operating system. Firmware provides control, monitoring and data manipulation in engineering products or systems. The cybersecurity research work on the worm was carried out by Xeno Kovah, owner of LegbaCore, and Trammell Hudson, a security engineer with Two Sigma Investments. According to the researchers, an attack can occur via a phishing email (an email sent from a fake “trusted institution” like a bank) or a malicious website containing the worm. One way to randomly infect machines would be to sell infected Ethernet adapters on eBay, or infect them in a factory, Wired reported.

What Is a Twitter Chat and How Do I Participate? Twitter chats are conversations that occur on Twitter at a designated date and time about a certain topic. Every Twitter chat has a hashtag, which allows anyone on Twitter to follow the chat or even participate. To participate in a Twitter chat, you will need a Twitter account (free to join). Once you are logged in to Twitter, type in the chat’s hashtag (e.g., #OTalk2US) in the search bar on the top right hand side of Twitter. When you get to the results page, click on “latest” to see all tweets from the chat. Many Twitter chats have a host or moderator who will lead the discussion by tweeting questions or topics for participants to comment on or discuss. For example: Hi, I’m new to Twitter and excited about today’s chat. You will see new tweets appear on that results page throughout the chat (including your own tweets). Note: if you have a private account on Twitter, the only people who will see your tweets during a Twitter chat are the ones who follow you.

5 Great Online Tools for Creating Infographics Professional infographic designers rely primarily on a core vector graphics software program to create their infographics designs. The main advantage is that all the icons, charts, images, illustrations, and data visualizations are treated as separate objects that can be easily moved, resized, overlapped, and rotated. No matter where you create the individual design elements, the final infographic design is usually put together in a vector graphics program. Creating infographics using online tools has never been easier. In the last few years a number of online tools have emerged that allow anyone to create great visual content. These new tools are vector graphics applications that run in your browser as a replacement for using an expensive professional desktop application like Adobe Illustrator to put your infographic design together. In this article, we take a quick look at 5 of the best online tools for creating infographics: Visme, Canva,, Piktochart, and Pros:

Social Media FOR Schools: Developing Shareable Content for Schools Interested in working with me? Consider hiring me as a consultant to coach your administration and staff to develop shareable content for your school. There is a difference between Social Media IN schools and Social Media FOR schools. There is a difference between Social Media IN schools and Social Media FOR schools. While social media in schools deals primarily with policies around how to use (or not use) social media in the classroom with students, social media for schools is about storytelling and getting their stakeholders (teachers, students, administrators, parents, community) to spread these stories. In the best case scenarios, social media IN schools is focused on: developing best practices HOW to use social media to support teaching and learningconnect, communicate and collaborate through social media to an authentic global audience In worst case scenario, social media IN schools is focused on: Column Five states in the video, The Value of Visualization, WHY SHARE? Students share 15.