Every Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT, 8 p.m. ET, I host New Teacher Chat (#ntchat) on Twitter. It’s a time for new and pre-service teachers, as well as supportive administrators and experienced teachers, to gather online and have discussions about topics that are practitioner focused and supportive for the soon-to-be teacher.
A recent topic was one that is always near and dear to my heart — back to school — tips to make your first day/week/year great.
This time of year can be particularly stressful for new teachers as they embark on the first steps of their careers. Our chat about starting the year, which armed new teachers with supportive strategies to avoid the back-to-school jitters, was engaging and collaborative.
Full Text: Helping New Teachers Beat the Back-to-School Jitters with Twitter | Edutopia.
For educators who have been connected since the early days of social media, it is difficult to understand the reason people would ask, “What is #Edchat?” We must remember that many educators using social media for professional reasons have joined only recently. The idea of using social media for professional reasons is a relatively new concept. One would hope that it is having a positive effect because the Department of Education declared August Connected Educators Month. In our technology-driven culture, sometimes we need to stop where we are and take time to consider how we got here.
Full Text: How does #Edchat connect educators? SmartBlogs.
Using social media in schools doesn’t have to be scary. Here, Matt Britland shares his tips for managing school accounts and some examples good practice
Like, tweet, pin? Social media use in education is still causing debate. Do you use it in the classroom? Let us know how.
The use of social media in education continues to be something of a hot topic with arguments both for and against.
So I carried out a small survey of 27 teaching professionals in order to create a baseline of understanding into the use (or not) of social networking in schools, and also any concerns over some of the e-safety risks. The full survey results can be found here.
There are many uses of social media in education – below are just a few of the ways they can be effectively used.
Full Text: Social media for schools: a guide to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest | Teacher Network Blog | Guardian Professional.
A member of my wife’s family and a few of her friends told me recently that they are enamored with Twitter. They love its rapid-fire updates, and the sense Twitter provides of being right in the moment. Over a weekend they were constantly checking and posting updates on their smartphones, and when it came to socializing with friends, she and her peers simply preferred Twitter to Facebook.
This isn’t earth-shattering news, but here’s the catch – all were in high school. Teen social media users seem to be flocking to Twitter right now, continuing a trend over the past two years, and reducing Facebook usage in favor of the 140-character social network. We’ve seen such a shift in preference before, when users flocked to Facebook over Myspace in 2007. History may be on the verge of another social platform shift, and brands can’t be caught flat-footed when it comes to marketing to the younger generation.
Full Text: What If Teens Prefer Twitter to Facebook? | DigitalNext: A Blog on Emerging Media and Technology – Advertising Age.
The guest professor in my large class of 200 journalism students at Michigan State University was just hitting his stride when suddenly every single student plunged to the ground as though looking for a dropped pencil. Stunned, the speaker continued his talk. About 15 minutes later the students leapt to their feet and applauded furiously! Shattered, he began to realize that something he was saying, some word, was igniting this explosive response from the students.
At the time I was on a flight to Denver and the speaker was doing me a favor taking over my class. As the plane was about to land I got a text message from him (yes, I had my phone illegally turned on) that simply said, “You’re dead!”
He was right to blame me … and Twitter.
Now, I wouldn’t advise doing this to just any old professor. This was a good friend of mine and I knew he would appreciate a Gude joke. The day before class I had tweeted my students a couple of times encouraging them to commit these outrageous acts whenever my friend spoke a certain word.
Now why would I do such a mean thing? Usually, when a class has a substitute teacher, students just ditch it. Or if they do come to class, they ignore the speaker and spend their time on Facebook. But this little joke caused them to not only attend class (who wouldn’t want to miss the fun?) but also to listen intently to every single word the speaker said. Mission accomplished: class was packed and they did well on the quiz I gave later on the material.
More and more students have Twitter accounts now. Four years ago very few of them did and I would have to force them kicking and screaming to sign up (something they were always grateful for by semester’s end).
Five (other) ways I use Twitter in my lecture classes:
Full Text: Karl Gude: Five Reasons Why Twitter Is Amazing In Large Lecture Classes.
Mahtomedi High School language arts teacher Sarah Lorntson reminds her students about assignment deadlines and shares writing advice even when they’re not in her classroom.
She takes to the social media sphere, using Twitter to capture students’ attention in 140 characters or less.
Lorntson said many of her students have smartphones and are constantly plugged into social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. So, it made sense for her to start tweeting, giving her another way to reach out to them.
“My students’ constant complaint is that I don’t tweet enough,” Lorntson said. “They want more communication from us. They want that engagement.”
Full Text: In Minnesota schools, teaching and tweeting – TwinCities.com.
Here are some highlights.
- 25 percent of Facebook users don’t bother with any kind of privacy control. [If this is you get some help on this]
- 750 tweets per second are shared on Twitter.
- LinkedIn’s revenue has doubled every quarter for the last two years.
- The average visitor spends 15 minutes per day on YouTube.
- Pinterest drives more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn combined.
- Google+ is adding 625,000 new users every day.
- Klout has 50 times more traffic than PeerIndex, its closest competitor.
- Tablets took just two years to reach 40 million users in the U.S. It took smartphones seven years to reach this figure.
Read the Full Text here: 52 cool social media facts | Articles.
Everyone is on Twitter these days, so why not your school district? Twitter provides an easy platform to keep your followers updated — moment by moment, if necessary! — about developing situations, sudden brainstorms and calls to action. Following are 12 reasons to get your school district tweeting this summer so that you can hit the ground running at the start of the next school year.
Full Text: 12 Reasons to Get Your School District Tweeting This Summer | Edutopia .
In our New Networking series, we’re taking a look at how today’s new college graduates can put social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to work in their post-grad networking efforts. We’ve already explored tips and resources for getting the most out of Facebook, and we’re tackling everyone’s favorite site for instant connections, Twitter.
Twitter is a great option for new-to-networking grads because of its low level of commitment. Anyone can follow and connect with celebrities, visionary businesspeople, and brands with just a moment’s thought and click of the mouse. That makes it so easy to cast your net far and wide, building your network at a rapid pace just 140 characters at a time. Highlighting Twitter chats, location-based apps, and lots of good advice, we’ve got your ultimate guide for making Twitter an incredibly effective tool for your post-graduate networking life.
Consider these tips to turn your Twitter account into a new grad networking powerhouse.
Full Text: The New Networking: Ultimate Twitter Guide for 2012 Grads – Online Colleges.
Twitter may have started off as a fun social media site for keeping up with friends and sharing updates about daily life, but it’s become much more than that for many users over the past few years as the site has evolved and grown. These days, Twitter is a powerhouse for marketing, communication, business, and even education, letting people from around the world work together, share ideas, and gain exposure. It has become a staple on many college campuses as well, leaving many academics wondering just how and if they should be using Twitter both in the classroom and in their professional lives. Whether you’re an academic or just interested in building your Twitter profile, keep reading to learn some tips and tricks that can help you take the first steps towards using Twitter for coursework, research, building a professional network, and beyond.
[Great tips on this post. If you ever need to justify using Twitter with your Principal or Professor, just point them to this post.]
Full article: 100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics – Best Colleges Online.