If This, Then That is an absolutely fabulous tool that can make so many things much, much easier in your life. IFTTT.com allows you to create formulas of your own, or choose from one of the thousands already in use. Here are a few examples I personally use: Mute my Android phone when I arrive … Continue reading If This, Then That – Master of Automation
Although I’ve already mentioned and posted about Twitter and its usefulness when connecting with fellow educators, there are oh so many uses for it. Some basics of using Twitter and conversing with others: Use @ to tag a Twitter handle, or person in your post, assuring that they will see your “tweet” Use # to … Continue reading Build your PLN with Twitter
Google+ is an often overlooked member of the social media community, easily forgotten in favor of bigger monoliths like Facebook, Twitter, or even Pinterest. But this is not to say that Google+ is not relevant or useful; in fact, with the rise of G Suite, Chromebooks, and the like, it will become ever more relevant … Continue reading Build your PLN with Google+
Playing games is never NOT fun. Engage your students on Twitter by interacting with them, and by pushing them to extend the learning beyond the classroom. These can be required, or simply for extra credit: Twitter Book Club - Participants engage in a book club by sharing answers to specific questions, or critiquing main characters, … Continue reading Engage students with Twitter activities
Before you go laughing at the idea that social media can improve students’ writing abilities, hear me out. As mentioned before, small bite sized learning can be valuable--teaching students vocabulary or sharing pithy quotes with them can get them talking. Twitter can also be used when it comes to… Daily word games - Students provide … Continue reading Twitter–improve students’ writing skills?!
Besides serving as a platform for sharing resources with your PLN, or with your students, Twitter can be a great source for more than just sharing links to articles. Tap into the knowledge base that is Twitter, and see how much you and your students can learn! Follow a historical figure - There are many … Continue reading Classroom Resources – available on Twitter
As mentioned in the previous post, Twitter is a great tool for moderating class discussion, as well as keeping class “takeaways” organized. It provides a feed for anyone (teacher or student) to refer back to after the learning has taken place, which can serve as feedback for the teacher, and a study guide for students. … Continue reading Get organized–with Twitter!
Using Twitter in class can be a great communication and discussion tool. By giving students a specific hashtag, it is easy to track discussion and responses, and for having a record to look back on later. But Twitter can also be useful outside of the classroom. Twitter as an announcement platform - Twitter can … Continue reading How can Twitter improve communication?
Twitter can easily seem like a time sucker. Which as teachers is a daaangerous thing. Who has time to waste with everything else on your plate? Well, turns out Twitter is a great place to connect with other teachers, and to learn new strategies and tools to use in your classroom. If you haven’t already … Continue reading How can Twitter help me to be a better teacher?
It’s easy as a teacher to get lost in the endless to-dos of school life, but it is important to reach out to others for help and support during the school year. It may feel like you’re running a marathon that gets longer every day you are running, but having someone there to provide that … Continue reading Get Connected – Personal Learning Networks