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  • Blogging Tips Every Teacher Should Know

    By: Katie Becker | December, 2013 | 6,028 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Social Media in the Classroom, Technology in the Classroom, Uncategorized

    So you’ve decided to start your very own personal teaching blog. It’s exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time. Why? Because it’s all about you. Your voice, your points of view, and your responsibility. Here are some tips to making your blog a success:

    Prepare- All good things come with a little preparation! I would suggest seeing what other teacher bloggers are writing about (like Cool Cat Teacher). Which topics get the most engagement from readers? What topics inspire you? Once you feel you have done enough research, start plotting …

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  • 10 Real-life Examples of Social Media for Education

    By: Diane Weaver | September, 2013 | 4,766 views | No Comments | Posted in: Social Media in the Classroom, Uncategorized

    We know that social media for education is becoming increasingly popular over the past few years, but I love to see new real-life ideas for implementation. Here are 10 recent (and new to me) examples of social media in the classroom:

    Historical Figure Page- Create a Facebook page as if you are a historical figure. This is a great way for students to get to know them in a modern way! Share status updates, likes, interests, etc. as if you were acting as that person.

    Surprise Extra Credit- Post extra credit assignments …

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  • LinkedIn for Educators: Add these 5 easy tips to your summer PD

    By: Diane Weaver | July, 2013 | 2,208 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Social Media in the Classroom

    When I first found out about LinkedIn, it was a great relief. Goodbye 3.5 by 2 inch paper cards with cryptic notes I had scrawled in the moment to help me recall why so-and-so was an important connection. Hello phone app and instant profiles with contact info, resume, and portfolio information.
    It really is a brilliant social networking site because it has a very specific purpose and audience–to connect working professionals. Yes, this includes education professionals!

    Whether or not you are already on LinkedIn, here are some best practices for educators to …

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  • Twitter Roundup: Last Month’s Best #EdTech Tweets

    By: Diane Weaver | July, 2013 | 1,352 views | No Comments | Posted in: Social Media in the Classroom

    Twitter has proven once again to provide some of the top education technology news and resources on the Internet. From the latest apps to current technology best practices, this month’s #EdTech tweets were nothing short of extraordinary.
    If you have a moment, I suggest searching through the #EdTech twitter feed for topics that might interest you. Or you can begin by reading through some of my own favorites- here are five of the best education technology tweets I have seen this past month

    3 Ways to Kickstart Your PLN This Summer: This …

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  • Three Social Media Sites that Educators Should Use

    By: Diane Weaver | May, 2013 | 2,422 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Social Media in the Classroom

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    So many social media sites, and so little time! There are well over 100 notable social networking sites on the Internet, so how do you know which ones to spend your precious time on? Which sites will benefit you as an educator?
    For myself, juggling a presence on more than a handful of sites can become exhausting, even to the point that I eventually abandon my least active accounts for months at a time. I have found that the solution is to minimize the number of sites I am …

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  • Twitter Roundup: Last Month’s Best Education Tweets

    By: Diane Weaver | April, 2013 | 2,972 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Social Media in the Classroom

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    Twitter is always an excellent resource to find great articles within the education field. For this post, I searched some of education’s most popular hashtags- #edchat, #edtech, and #lrnchat- to provide you with some highlights from last month’s Twitter feed. Here are some of the more interesting and informative articles I came across:

    “Education Technology Success Stories”- This article, written by Darrell M. West and Joshua Bleiberg, landscapes a few different education technology success stories. It begins with a moving story of how a young girl from Pakistan was …

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  • Favorite Education Hashtags and How to Use Them

    By: Diane Weaver | January, 2013 | 5,993 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Social Media in the Classroom

    The internet is transforming the practice of professional development as we know it, and I cannot stress enough about the importance of collaborating with other education leaders on the web! More specifically, the social media network Twitter (follow us! @PearsonK12Tech) has a large community of people talking education—with useful hashtags organizing the many topics being discussed. These hashtags are often seen being used in other social networking spaces as well, such as Facebook and Instagram.

    There are hundreds of educational hashtags on Twitter being used right now—as demonstrated by this Edudemic …

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  • Education Blogs we loved following in 2012

    By: Aaron Morrison | December, 2012 | 3,852 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Social Media in the Classroom

    Last December we shared blogs we loved following in 2011, and we even continued to follow them throughout 2012.  However, now we have a few more to add to the list! Here are three additional blogs we enjoyed this year:
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    TeachThought: Many of the blog posts on their site cover “progressive education and trending topics,” and also “seeks to support the implementation of innovative learning.” We also found their Education Hashtags page to be extremely helpful.
    Mindshift: This blog “explores the future of learning in all its dimensions—covering cultural and …

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  • Six Creative Ideas for Education Blogging

    By: Aaron Morrison | August, 2012 | 35,171 views | 2 Comments | Posted in: Social Media in the Classroom, Technology in the Classroom

    With the incredible popularity of blogs, it’s no surprise that many teachers have molded the medium to fit their classroom needs and help engage their digitally inclined students. Here are six ideas to help you make blogging work for your classroom:

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    Back-to-school Icebreaker. Since we are still at the beginning of the year, why not use your class blog as a way for students to get to know one another? Interview each student individually and then post it online! You can post each one as a short video clip, …

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  • Teaching with Instagram

    By: Aaron Morrison | June, 2012 | 22,701 views | 5 Comments | Posted in: Social Media in the Classroom, Technology in the Classroom

    The proliferation of smart phones has led to the development of innumerable educational apps for all subjects and grade levels. The problem is that students may not necessarily be interested in apps with high scholastic value, so it’s up to teachers to find didactive opportunities in the apps that students are interested in.

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    Facebook recently bought Instagram, the incredibly popular mobile photo sharing app, for nearly one billion dollars. It had a user base of 30 million before it even released to Android™ in early April, so odds are …

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