Using Social Networking to Become a Better Educator
Our professional growth is the foundation of student growth.
As professionals, we don't need to wait for conferences for professional development
Technology allows us to earn professional development 24/7, 365 days a year
Don't worry about mastering every tool. Learn enough to be dangerous.
Tools for Professional Growth and Building a Professional Learning Network (PLN)
- Use 140 characters to create "tweets" - share your information.
- Use these links to how to use Twitter, how to use hashtags (#), and how to use Twitter in the classroom.
- Share posts, links, images, videos with other educators.
- Opportunity to use hashtags (#) to have conversations on specific topics.
- Connect with other educators from around the world. Educators with similar interests as you.
- Participate in chats to learn more about any area in education.
- Use this link to find out more information about Twitter Chats.
- Tools to use to gather articles/posts on topics that you choose.
- Zite is used as an App and Flipboard is web-based and an App.
- Excellent way to stay current in education, technology, and resources to use.
- Easily sharable using social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest)
- Use the link to learn how to use Flipboard
- Use the link to learn how to use Zite
- Use Pinterest to "pin" articles of interest to your board.
- Create boards address any topics that interest you.
- Great way to share pins that you have discovered and a great way to see what others are pinning.
- Find people to follow on Pinterest and get ideas from them.
- See the video below to see how Pinterest can be used in education.
- Walkie-talkie App that allows you to speak with others and saves your conversations.
- Create groups to collaborate with other educators from around the world over a variety of topics.
- Use the link to find educational Voxer groups to join to discuss different topics.
- Use the video below to learn how to use Voxer
- A networking tool used by professionals to connect with other professionals.
- Share professional information, but also blog posts, articles, and ideas.
- A good tool to use to look at background information of other educators and any resources that they share that you could possibly use.
- View the video below to learn how to use LinkedIn
Tools to Use to Share Resources With Others
- Video tools are a great way to share tools and resources with other educators.
- There are many types of applications you can use to create videos - You Tube is probably the easiest to use.
- Create a You Tube account and create videos and share videos using your channel.
- Find videos and share them with others.
- Use the video below to learn how to use You Tube in education.
- Screencasts are an excellent way to share what you are doing with others.
- Record what you are doing on the screen. Voice over and video of yourself is available in many applications.
- Share the generated URL address with other users so they can view the screencast.
- Use screencasts for a variety of shareable applications: flipping class or meetings, explaining to someone else how to do use an application, and
- Here is an example of a screencast used as a faculty meeting.
- Application for iPhones and Androids that allows followers to see & hear where you are live.
- Share lessons, field trips, discussions, or resources with other educators from around the world.
- You can type in comments while the user can speak back to you.
- Here are some ways companies are using Periscope.
Using Social Media to Increase Interaction
Start facilitating your classes and allow your students to dictate their learning
- Hashtags (#) can be used in classes to create a backchannel for students to communicate what they know.
- You can create a backchannel of dialog over any topic you are discussing in class.
- Create a unique hashtag (ex. #glhspsych) for your students to post to. Have the thread viewable for all to see in the class.
- Swap lesson plans with others.
- Get images and info graphics for classes that you can use.
- Have students pin ideas on different boards for different projects.
- Use Pinterest to photo journal for projects (similar to Instagram).
- Use the video below to learn more about "pinning"
- Students can use the popular Instagram to create digital stories using images.
- Share different aspects of projects/labs during the steps of the projects.
- Use the video below to learn how to use Instagram in the classroom.
- Free website/blog creators are a great resource for students to use to share projects.
- As an educator, you can have students share blogs, links, images, and projects to others in the class and around the world.
- Easy to use interface and different applications allow educators to use sites such as Weebly in a variety of ways.
- Great to use for creating online portfolios.
- Watch the video below to learn how to use Weebly.
- Free, web-based application where students can create sites and blogs to store projects and share with others.
- Sites are easily shared using unique URL Address generated by Tackk.
- Friendly user interface where you can embed videos, images, and music.
- Use the video below to learn how to use Tackk
Bobby Dodd, Principal
Gahanna Lincoln High School
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