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Use these 4-5 minute presentations to quickly gain a better understanding of the variety of tools on the World Wide Web including blogs, social networks, and wikis.
This narrated presentation by Steve Hargadon discusses the various uses of Web 2.0 applications in education including wikis, blogs, and social networks. This presentations was originally presented as a keynote address for the Knowledge Bank online conference and stemmed from a comprehensive blog post of the same title which is also available here.
A free tutorial designed for you to do on your own or as a part of a group. You will learn the Web 2.0 tools that are bringing our kids in touch with the entire world through social networking, wikis, video, podcasting, and gaming sites. Brought to you by the California School Library Association (CSLA).
This wiki page created by Alan Levine provides links to more that 50 free and low-cost Web-based presentation tools for educators and students. Using a story about his dog Domino, Levine includes links to examples of how each tool works.
Fourteen well-known educators from around the world contributed to this eBook, which provides practical information about using the Internet in education. Much of the text deals with new Web 2.0 tools including blogs, wikis, and podcasting. The book is free and educators are encouraged to share the file with colleagues.
This social networking site caters to educators. Free registration is required. Once you've joined you have access to a blog, a member profile, and special interest groups.
Check out this wiki. It provides a listing of social networks used in educational environments. Examples include Ning and Elgg created networks. Classroom examples are also included.
Gaggle is dedicated to providing safe email accounts for students. The tools we provide allow schools to finally feel secure when giving their students email access. On the Gaggle Network teachers control what can be written and who can correspond with the students. Messages with inappropriate words are automatically re-routed to the teacher's account. This allows the teacher to decide whether or not the student gets to see the message. Gaggle can also act as a social network including blogs and profiles.
ePals is a Global Community and social network of collaborative learners, teachers, and academic experts in 200 countries and territories. ePals provides Connections to students, classes, and school districts worldwide that are safe and secure. ePals is a safe and protected solution for linking classes, schools, and school districts globally via email, blogs, and much more!
Part 1: The Genesis of Social Networks in Education In the first of four radio TICAL interviews, Steve Hargadon, creator of the social networks Classroom 2.0, The CUE Community, and many others shares how he got involved in assisting educators in using social media—first with blogs and then with social networking and virtual meetings. You will hear how Steve’s vision for using social networks in education came to be.
Twitter is a free social media service often referred to as a ‘micro-blog.’ Like a traditional blog, users post messages that readers can comment on. Unlike a blog, these posts or ‘Tweets’ consist of just 140 or fewer characters- no more than a sentence or two. Educators are experimenting with use of Twitter in classrooms, during meetings, and even to support home/school communication.
Edutopia article outlining how to use social media to promote and engage your school community. Covers your website, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, Blogs. Gives specific examples and tips to using each one.
This blog post from Edutopia explains why Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an important part of students' education.
This blog post from edutopia describes apps that can be used to help studets with special needs learn SEL skills.
In this online version of the print magazine, Technology & Learning, you will find articles, webinars, blog posts, and more. I like the site because there is a great deal of general information about a broad range of topics.
Here you will find information about the latest on online safety, social networking and bullying research, anti-bullying processes, programs, and tools for schools to begin to develop a plan for creating a bully-free environment for their students. Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) resources are also provided. They have identified organizations, partners, tools and resources that are based on scientific research-based effective strategies to help you develop policies to help keep our students and families safe in our schools.
This 4-minute Quick Take was created by Susan Brooks-Young. Susan gives an overview of a blog and how they are used. She provides other resources to assist you in developing a classroom, school, or special project blog.
This condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference will provide administrators with an overview of the use of Facebook as a powerful social networking tool to connect stakeholders with the vision and mission of your school. In this session participants will learn the importance of using social media to connect with the community, how to do it safely, and see practical examples of Facebook Fan pages from the perspective of a teacher, building level administrator, and superintendent.
This site offers online tools and links to teaching and learning resources. Two areas that are especially noteworthy are Class Blogmeister and Citation Machine. Educators may use Class Blogmeister to create classroom blogs, and Citation Machine is a great tool for teaching students how to properly cite print and online resources.
Jolene Anzalone is the Educational Computing Strategist at Escobedo Middle School in Las Vegas, NV. In this blog post she discusses why the Flip camera is a valuable resource for middle school classrooms, gives an overview of how to use the camera, and makes suggestions for classroom activities. She also provides a link to a tutorial on how to use Windows MovieMaker to edit Flip videos.
This wiki was designed to assist school leaders with a selection of videos that can be used for professional development for staff. It was prepared by Rowland Baker, founder of the TICAL project. This site is always growing and has video clips organized into categories such as warm ups, inspirational, and powerful messages.
TeacherTube provides a free online social network for sharing instructional videos in an educationally-focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with educators teaching educators.
This 4-minute Quick Take was created by Susan Brooks-Young. It explores the social networking phenomenon. Susan provides some common social networks including Ning, Flickr, and TeacherTube.
Richard Byrne provides highly-effective free resources for teachers daily on his blog, Free Technology for Teachers. Richard does not just list resources, he gives teachers ideas about using the resources he lists on the blog. There is something for educator. There is a link on his blog that makes it very easy to setup a service to receive daily updates on his blog posts.
This wiki page lists apps reviewed during the mini-session called I Have an iPad. Now What? Apps for Administrators. This virtual session was presented on November 3, 2011 for attendees at the ACSA Conference in Sacramento, CA.
This wiki page includes a list of apps and other resources that were highlighted during a virtual mini-session sponsored by TICAL during an ACSA Conference in Sacramento, CA. The focus of the session was ways educators and students can use their iPads to not just consume content, but to create it as well.
Stay on top of changes and improvements in Google Docs by subscribing to the official Google Docs blog. Brought to you by the developers at Google, the blog is a quick and easy read.
Promethean’s free online community (social network) is designed to provide Activclassroom teachers around the world the ability to share new and innovative lessons, access a wide variety of professional development materials, and connect with fellow Activclassroom teachers from around the Planet.
This wiki has three basic components: A list of articles describing how to use wikis in education, a comprehensive list of wikis currently being used by schools, classrooms, and districts, and a general discussion area all about using wikis in education. Since this is a wiki, you can also add your articles, wikis, and discussions.
Administrators.Net is a great social network for administrators to connect with colleagues throughout the United States. The resource is in several pick and choose parts. The mail ring posts to your email address if you choose. The discussion board posts messages and responses to topics of interest. You may merely browse or add to the discussion. An administrator's chat board is also available.
Edublogs hosts hundreds of thousands of blogs for teachers, students, researchers, professors, librarians, administrators and anyone and everyone else involved in education. Edublogs are completely free, and come with 20MB of free upload space (easily extended to 5 GB as a Supporter) and a heap of great features.
According to the Standards, teachers must teach and students must learn using relevant technology that students will need to succeed beyond high school. Catilin Tucker, a well known educator and blogger, provides several effective and free technology tools that can be used in the classroom. Great resources to share with your teachers.
This free, self-paced tutorial introduces you to the amazing range of technology that makes it possible for someone with a disability (physical, sensory, or learning) to interact with a computer. As you move through the five modules, you will learn about people who use assistive technologies on a daily basis to be able to blog, communicate, and surf the Web. Along the way you may start thinking about people in your own life that can benefit from assistive tech! A project of the California School Libraries Association.
Teach with Movies is a web-based resource for lesson plans and learning guides using movies or parts of movies as an instructional tool. The lesson plans are searchable based on the content area, the age of the students, the names of the movies, social-emotional area and moral/ethical areas. The content cover grade levels k-12. The annual fee to use the services is $11.99. New lessons plans are added periodically for new movies that come out. The site also has lesson plans for preschool age students for social learning and a special section for setting up lesson plans for a substitute.
Facebook is controversial within the educational circles–should it or should it not be included as a valid learning tool. Teachers coming under fire for Facebook postings. Should teachers friend students, former students, etc. At the very least, you should have as much information as possible before you make your final decision. This site provides some answers and resources as you look to integrate social media into your instructional and communication programs.
This web-based guide and downloadable PDF provides you up-to-the-date information on staying safe and secure with all the social media you, your students, and staff are using. Walks you through all the privacy settings you need for Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and more!
This 4-minute Quick Take was created by Susan Brooks-Young. It provides an overview of how wikis are used to edit live content on the Internet. Susan provides examples and resources.
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) helps government and education leaders work cooperatively to advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region. Key focus areas are: collecting, compiling and analyzing comparable data; and conducting broad studies and initiating discussions that help states and institutions form long-range plans, actions and policy proposals. SREB maintains regional databases for K-12 and higher education and publishes about 75 reports annually.
Are you looking for a way to create collaborative projects teacher to teacher and between student groups? Webex offers a free web-based social network where students from one location can interact with classes or individuals in another location in real time. The interesting feature of the free version of this fee-based site is the ability to share documents and collaborate using the same utility. Imagine students submitting responses to questions to a class in another district or even another state. The two groups can collaborate on one PowerPoint presentation that explains an agreed upon answer. Text chat allows interaction and pointer tools facilitate the process. Imagine a fourth grade class creating a PowerPoint presentation to respond to a state testing released math item and going on line with a high school honors math class to collaborate on the answer. We did it. It was great! A secondary use for this program could be administrators or committee meetings on line to work on documents. A real time saver. At the Webex web site choose "try a free meeting" and proceed as instructed.
This blog post provides you with 10 different examples of how Google Forms can be used in the class for assessment, surveying, evaluations, and reflections. You can view the forms from this teacher or get a copy for you to share with your teachers. These forms seem to be mostly for elementary/middle schools, but you can copy the existing forms and modify to fit your needs. Included are spelling test form, getting to know you form, and reading record form, and learning success form.
This Excel® template is designed to help administrators determine the instructional hours being spent in each content area. This template will also graph the data so you can see how content areas (Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies) are prioritized by your teachers.
The purpose of this project is to synthesize existing research and undertake new research to inform policymakers and the larger public about the nature of and potential solutions to the dropout problem in California. From December 1, 2006 to January 31, 2008 the project will produce a series of reports and policy briefs addressing four facets of the issue: (1) the measurement and incidence of dropping out; (2) the educational, social, and economic costs of dropouts for individuals and the state; (3) the short-term and long-term causes of dropping out; and (4) proven interventions. Drawing on this information, a policy committee composed of researchers, policymakers, and educators will then draft a state policy agenda to improve California's high school graduation rate.
Curious about the kinds of Web 2.0 tools that are available for use in schools? Want to see examples of how other educators are using some of these tools? This wiki is a constantly evolving site where visitors may look for information and add additional resources. A great resource for administrators who need a quick overview or a resource to share with staff.
Wondering if Web 2.0 tools could be useful to school administrators? Visit this blog written by Susan Brooks-Young. Be sure to check out the many relevant links found in the sidebar.
Written by TICAL's own Susan Brooks-Young, 101 Best Web Sites for Principals includes sections on facilities, finance, curriculum, professional development, and social and legal issues. New in the second edition are: quick reference charts for efficient Web site navigation, detailed site descriptions and highlights, and a new primer on security issues.
In this 11 minute presentation, author and consultant Susan Brooks-Young provides a quick overview of what Web 2.0 is and then shares a concrete example of how a group of educators in Northern California used an on-line group, a wiki, and a "web-top" word processor to help them complete a collaborative planning process.
A wiki is a free-form website that is easy to build and can be edited by anyone who has the site's password. It is an excellent tool for projects that require collaborative writing. Try out PBWorks for any task from updating your school plan to drafting a committee report.
Read/WriteWeb is written by Richard MacManus. The blog focuses on the convergence of Web 2.0 and New Media. Although it is not an education blog per se, administrators can learn a great deal about these new technologies by subscribing to and reading this blog.
In this blog, TICAL cadre members share pertinent thoughts about technology and education.
The original purpose of this wiki was to provide a webliography of Web 2.0 tools referred to during a keynote speech for the Powering Up with Technology Conference. Since that time, the wiki has been shared with participants in other workshops as well. Now, conference attendees and others are making contributions to the wiki. You're welcome to add resources, too! The editing password is webtools.
Written by Steve O'Hear, this two-part blog article provides an overview of a variety of Web 2.0 tools. O'Hear also includes many examples of educator use of these tools.
Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them. The name is a play on the combination of 'curriculum' and 'wiki' which is the technology used here to make education materials universally accessible.
This internet site is a great tool for educators and students to learn about cyber safety. A concern that parents and educators have is how to keep kids safe online. With today's social networking websites, students have the ability to communicate with their friends, but they can also meet people who will try to exploit them, commit fraud and steal individual identity. This website will help you to set good safety habits for your students.
Scott McLeod is the coordinator of the Educational Administration program at Iowa State University. In his blog, Dangerously Irrelevant, McLeod addresses a variety of issues that impact school leaders. Not all posts are specifically technology based, but all deal with the challenges faced by 21st century school administrators.
eSchoolNews now has a channel on YouTube. This link leads to a video clip in which two district superintendents discuss how they are using blogs to communicate with staff and the community.
Want to learn more about how to create your own PBWorks wiki? This series of videos, created by educators for educators, includes topics such as PBWorks wiki features, how to edit, using wikis for collaboration, and wiki projects. Hosted on TeacherTube, the videos may be viewed online or downloaded for later use. Use the keyword 'pbworks' to find the tutorials once you access the TeacherTube site.
Want to learn more about how to create your own Wikispaces wiki? This series of videos, created by educators for educators, includes tutorials for creating and editing a wiki, along with sample wikis. Hosted on TeacherTube, the videos may be viewed online or downloaded for later use. For a current listing of tutorials, use the keyword 'wikispaces' once you access the TeacherTube site.
This article is actually a wiki. It includes examples of ways educators are using wikis in their classrooms and links to existing educational wikis.
The education department at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art created this highly interactive, free website that is both content and activity rich. Artists from the 20th and 21st century are explored through their work and lives within a historical setting. Activities are included for visual arts, language arts, and social studies. Content is appropriate for 4th grade through college.
Internet use has changed. Increasingly, our students are using the Internet for social purposes, not simply to look up information or buy things. School administrators have to worry about more than filtering out inappropriate content; they have to add cyber safety to the course of instruction. In this episode of Radio TICAL, Susan Brooks-Young offers ideas for how you can meet these safety challenges without giving up valuable instructional uses of the Internet.
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) put together this 12-page study discussing social networks. NSBA highlights the positives, the gaps, the expectations and interests, and the guidance and recommendations for school board members relating to social networking.
Meriwether Lewis Elementary School's web site is a model for how to build a simple yet powerful school web site using multiple blogs. There's one for the home page, one for the principal Tim Lauer, one for classroom notes, et cetera. Take a look!
This Web-based presentation tool allows you to create a presentation by uploading virtually any kind of file that has been digitized, and then adding voice or text narration. You can enhance the presentation by allowing other viewers to add their own comments. Teachers may create one account and then add multiple identities for students to use within the main teacher account. Educators may have one free account and paid subscriptions are also available.
This blog is a good place to find the latest news about Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs). Frequent updates about various new products will help keep you up-to-date on this rapidly changing field.
Teams of California Administrators have had the opportunity to participate as Interns at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) for several years. PARC is world-famous for their high levels of collaboration, innovations, and technology inventions. This blog was developed to capture reflections and implications of the Intern experience. School leaders can download presentations that would be useful for personal and professional development. Check it out!
This pdf matrix lays out what the California Department of Education (CDE) is currently doing and planning on doing to improve dropout reduction in California. Written by the Middle & High School Improvement Office and Educational Options Office under the Secondary, Postsecondary, & Adult Leadership Division, the matrix is designed to provide you with specific programs offered by the CDE and research linking to additional information including locations on the CDE website for best practices, dropout prevention, and much more!
If you are an adult educator, you will find this to be an excellent resource for connecting research to practice. This wiki is a community of practice for practitioners, researchers, and learners.
In this Radio TICAL episode, Jim Scoolis, principal in San Luis Coastal Unified School District and TICAL cadre member has recently started a blog at his school to help create conversation regarding homework, school policies, and other school related topics. Steve Kay, professor of educational leadership at San Jose State University speaks with Jim about his new medium of pushing his school through the 21st century. Jim shares the simple way he started and how he is trying to stimulate conversation amongst all stakeholders in his school.
Developed by staff at CTAP Region 4, this wiki provides valuable information to educators who are shopping for a new Student Information System (SIS).
This blog has been developed by TICAL cadre member Devin Vodicka to assist school leaders to better manage email, reduce information overload, increase efficiency, and improve personal satisfaction. You will find successful best practices and some solutions used to help leaders manage email overload.
Classroom20.com, the social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education. Beginners will find this a supportive community and a comfortable place to start being part of the digital dialog.
Part 2: Widespread Use of Social Networks In Society In the second of four Radio TICAL interviews, Steve Hargadon explains the various tools used in social networks and how they can be applied in educational settings both for professional development and teaching and learning. Steve shares how these networks can be used to create meaningful conversations globally.
This video clip runs about two and one-half minutes and provides an easy-to-understand overview of Twitter. Appropriate for personal use, you can also share with staff and parents who might be curious about what micro-blogging is all about.
How to Use Twitter in the Classroom is a “How-to” Manual hosted on the wikiHow site. The current article covers activity suggestions for a wide range of subject areas and also includes links to add-on Twitter tools that can be used to expand or enhance the Twitter experience. Since this is a wiki page, readers are invited to add additional resources and ideas.
Although not written specifically for educators, this wiki is a great resource for adults who wish to learn more about Twitter. Not intended for student use.
This blog provides educators great resources, ideas, and inspiration. Created by Vicki Davis, a teacher an IT director Georgia, Vicki shares her passion for helping students learn through project-based learning.
This blog by Scott McLeod provides resources, success stories, videos, news, and more relating to 1:1 computing programs. Whether you are interested in a laptop, netbook, or handheld program, this is a great place to start gathering information about ubiquitous computing.
Morris County in New Jersey is in the vanguard of public entities using social media and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to work in the public's behalf. Check out what the county government doing. It will suggest lots of ways you might do similar things with your school or district.
This is a blog post by Richard Bryne that helps teachers who want access to videos, but are frustrated with the blocking of YouTube at their school site. Check out all the options!
Trung Le is the lead designer for Cannon Design's education group and advocates for building design and schools that allow for student inquiry and imagination. He is known for incorporating multiple intelligence and learning styles into educational environment design and learning spaces. This resource provides several articles he has written on educational design.
The law firm Fagen, Freidman and Fulfrost has partnered with ACSA to deliver a comprehensive guide to the world of social media and its impact (both positive and negative) on California school administrators. They offer periodic seminars on key topics related to technology vis a vis educational management and policy.
This is a list of 100 different tools to search the Internet. Search tools to search listserves, images, blogs, and all types of media and resources.
As schools increase their use of Web 2.0 tools and mobile technologies, acceptable use policies (AUP) need to be updated. This SlideShare presentation by Oxiem makes the case for moving from an AUP to a social media policy. Use the slideshow with staff to start the discussion. Keywords: AUP, acceptable use policy, social media, digital citizenship
In this Quick Take, you will see examples of some school and district Facebook pages used successfully to communicate to the broader community. Some of the features of Facebook posting is defined, and you will be walked through how to create your own school and/or district Facebook page including proper settings to maximize your reach. Keywords: social media, Facebook, Communication
The TICAL Community, Admin 2.0 is a specific and active example of a robust social networking presence to build professional development resources with the community of School Leaders. Admin 2.0 is linked to the work of TICAL (Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership). keywords: leadership, administrator, TICAL, social
Education Tech News is a technology weekly online magazine that provides updated information about the use of technology including Legal news, Tech Trends, Free Speech, Security and Internet. Timely articles each week of specific examples of problems and solutions navigating social media sites and the use of social media in the schools.
KQED blog, a part of the NPRnetwork on How We Learn. Sections grouped under Culture, Tech Tools, Research and Learning Methods. Blog Entries include: The Future School Day, Testing iPads in the Classroom, Three Trends That will Shape the Future of Curriculum.
Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.
Blog by educator, Paula Kluth, created with daily posts on specific strategies for differentiation.
200+ articles and resources about Twitter for Learning.
Delicious is a social bookmarking service that allows users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source. With emphasis on the power of the community, Delicious greatly improves how people discover, remember and share on the Internet.
Many schools have set-up a Facebook Page to represent the school and embrace an online professional learning community (PLC). By setting up a Facebook Page, schools can establish a controlled, professional presence that allows them to capitalize on this social space in many important ways, while still protecting their students. It’s important to note that while a Facebook Page is an excellent opportunity for schools to supplement their web presence, it doesn’t fully replace the benefits of a robust website. Here are some ways that schools can benefit from establishing an effective Facebook presence.
This Wikipedia article provides an overview of tablet computers including the history of tablet computers, an explanation of the touch interface, various tablet forms, and a comparison with laptop computers.
Blog author Audrey Watters explores the pros and cons of use of iPads in the classroom in this post that appeared on the ReadWriteWeb blog on March 2, 2011.
This web page is a toolkit of resources—video, documents, and links to other sites—for principals who want to use social media to connect with their school communities. At some CPS schools, staff members and parents are working together with their principal on using social media; these resources are for you, too! Also included is the highlighted creative and effective social media use by CPS schools in a "Social Media Trailblazer" video series.
CA 21st century district initiative brings together resources for all CA districts relating to a new approach to technology policies including social media, 1:1, BYOD, and more. Changing the focus of polices from technology to the behaviors of students and staff is at the core of the initiative.
Use this 11-page document to get an overview of using social media in a leadership role. Also use the tool to pull talking points with staff and stakeholders to develop a communication and professional development plan using social media. Included are resources, research, tools, and templates.
Wikipedia defines Google Sites as ï¿½...a structuredï¿½wiki- andï¿½web page-creation tool offered byï¿½Googleï¿½as part of theï¿½Google Appsï¿½Productivity suite. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create a team-oriented site where multiple people can collaborate and share files.ï¿½ This free, easy-to-use tool can be used to accomplish a variety of tasks in education including ePortfolios, showcases, ePublications, and more. The link here leads to the Google Sites main page.
Blog post that provides same policies to review if you are looking at beginning a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in your school or district. Whether you are just beginning to look at mobile learning or are ready to begin allowing student to bring their own technology, these examples can assist in your next steps.
There is mobile learning (#mLearning) than the devices. It is a combination of the user (student), the device and the social aspect of learning.
iCanHelpline is a free (as of October 28, 2015) service where schools and districts can call or email to get help in resolving problems that surface in social media – problems such as cyberbullying, sexting and reputation issues involving students, staff or anyone in the school community. In this brief webinar, Anne Collier, founder, and Matt Soeth, helpline manager, share how the service works and how your school or district can take advantage of it.
Public Broadcasting System (PBS) TeacherLine is considered an excellent website resource for PreK-12 educators who are seeking to advance their careers or enhance their skills with standards and research-based graduate level courses in a flexible schedule. Educators can join the organization for free. This website also supports districts by offering options to enhance districts’ professional development offerings. More specifically, PBS TeacherLine offers high quality online professional development opportunities for educators covering the core subjects (Math, Reading and Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and History) and Instructional Strategies, Instructional Technology, and STEM. PBS TeacherLine has been recognized for its excellence by organizations such as the United States Distance Learning Association, National Educational Association, and the Software and Information Industry Association.
Geoff Belleau shares his thoughts and reflection on the first Innovation Day at Crystal Middle School including videos and links to resources.
This blog site created by educators provides practical, proven tools to engage students in technology while meeting Common Core Standards. Resources include tools, student examples, and more!
In his Radio TICAL interview (January 2014), David Reilly refers to a “trans-modernist” pedagogy based on “flipping” the panopticon paradigm--Jeremy Bentham's concept that was popularized by Michael Foucault in the late 20th-century. In this first of a two-part post in his Education Week blog Reality Check, Walt Gardner sees a striking resemblance between the panopticon and Bill Gate’s dream of training a video camera on every teacher.
Many schools and districts are developing separate guidelines for students' and teachers' use of social media as it relates to schools. This 3-page guide from Edutopia provides an overview of why it's important to take the time to focus specifically on social media use.
Sokikom is an online program that uses positive reinforcement, social learning, and personalization to help solve the problems of differentiation and student engagement. Sign up is free, but various services are fee-based.
Compass Learning recently asked 30 educators at the Texas ASCD conference in Dallas: What role—if any—does social media (Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, etc.) play in your classroom or district? This brief video is a great springboard for staff discussions about the role of social media at your site.
Thinking about starting your own personal learning community (PLC)? In this October 2014 blog post, ASCD emerging leader Kenny McKee shares four strategies to help you get going.
Elements of a shared vision for instructional technology integration may include new ideas we can glean from the cutting edge of other fields. Read this blog post to see if an idea from one of these thought leaders sparks your interest.
Leadership is important in education, particularly when it comes to digital learning. This blog posts offers a six-step model school administrators can use to become "technology masters."
Mark Anderson has developed ICTEvangelist, a place for him to record thoughts, ponderings, findings and exciting things all related to teaching and learning and technology. Mark provides a British perspective on education and technology. His blog was shortlisted in 2015 for the UK Blog Awards.
TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables you to build visually-rich interactive timelines and is available in 40 languages. The TimelineJS Embed Generator makes it easy to add a timeline to your own site. Just copy the Google Spreadsheet template on the site, add your events as rows in the spreadsheet, and use our generator tool to generate the HTML you need to add to your site. Timeline can automatically pull in photos, videos from YouTube or Vimeo, tweets, Wikipedia entries, and many other media types to help tell your story.
This is an easy to use school and teacher website developer system that also functions as an effective learning management system. It includes a secure social media environment for teacher, students and parents to work together and communicate.
Looking for exemplary student projects? Check out this free resource that includes videos, writing samples and other work designed to provide teachers foundations to create their own projects. The searchable collection includes projects in English language arts, health and wellness, math, performing arts, science and technology, social studies, visual arts and world languages. A collaborative project between Harvard Graduate School of Education and K-12 education nonprofit Expeditionary Learning (EL).
In this guest blog post, TICAL cadre members Devin Vodicka and Gabe Soumakian discuss why they, along with thousands of other superintendents across the country, have taken the Future Ready Schools Pledge and what it means for their districts' efforts to implement digital learning.
iCanHelpline is where schools and districts can call or email to get help in resolving problems that surface in social media – problems such as cyberbullying, sexting and reputation issues involving students, staff or anyone in the school community. It’s a free service for schools. As the first step in developing a national helpline, iCanHelpline is being piloted in California during the 2015-16 school year. It’s a joint project of California-based #iCANHELP and Net Family News Inc., national nonprofit organizations with more than a decade and a half of experience in education, student leadership and Internet safety.
This post by Eric Schneider gives the rational and step by step process to creating a school Pinterest account and using it to promote your school. Another example of putting social media to work for you.
Learning to use social media can enhance your school's public image, your community connections, and your students' learning. This is a powerful transformational story of a principal who was anti-social media becoming an ardent advocate.
Since 1999, Learning and the Brain has been bringing neuroscientists and educators together to explore new research on the brain and learning and its implications for education. This is a commercial site but check out the L&B Blog; it's a great, free resource on the topic.
This blog post argues that there is a widening gap between what 21st century skills students are being taught and what they actually need to learn.
iNACOL's goal is to help K-12 education become an institution that embraces student-centered, next generation learning for our students. This blog post offers a clear introduction to personalized learning and how it can be leveraged to help iNACOL achieve its goal.
Educators agree that it's important for students to engage in collaborative learning activities for a variety of reasons. However, teachers often struggle with designing effective collaborative learning lessons. This blog post offers 20 strategies administrators can share with teachers that will help them in their planning.
Educators commonly discuss leveraging technology to improve student performance. But what about leveraging technology to increase parent involvement as well? This blog post features several suggestions for reaching out and engaging parents of students of all ages.
This blog post discusses the importance of engaging partners from the tech sector in STEM programs. It includes an 8-minute video presentation.
Read about ways educators are using technology to personalize their own professional growth, using a variety of social media tools, ed-camps, and other strategies.
This blog post from the Metiri Group provides an overview of budget and resources in the context of digital learning.
We have a new administration and a lot of changes. What's in store for ed tech programs and professional development? This blog post from EdSurge look at some possibilities for the near future.
The mission of CASEL is to make Social Emotional Learning (SEL) an integral part of K-12 education. SEL skills support students and adults.
This blog post from edutopia offers a baker's dozen of activities teachers can employ to help students learn SEL skills.
USC Rossier School of Education offers a guide teachers can use to develop SEL lesson plans for classroom use.
This website shares ways technology can be used to support SEL activities.
A brief on research related to SEL and its impact in education.
This report from the World Economic Forum explains the importance of SEL in 21st century education.
In this TEDx video, Trish Shaffer discusses the practice and value of social and emotional learning.
Tom Lehrer once said, “If people can’t communicate, the least they can do is shut-up!” Would that it were so simple. In today’s global melting pot, it’s more important than ever that adults and students master and employ skills that enable them to succeed beyond academics. The concept of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is not new, but there is growing interest in this framework. Watch this recorded webinar to learn more about the five SEL competencies and technology-supported strategies educators and students can use to develop healthier, more productive learning environments. Presenter: Susan Brooks-Young
This 2016 blog post from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education provides just what it says: links to some key resources on digital literacy that include overviews, curriculum materials and assessment tools.
The spread of misinformation is nothing new, but websites and social media make it far easier to distribute and more difficult to detect. In this recorded webinar Susan Brooks-Young offers an overview of literacy skills today’s educators need, both personally and to help their students become more discriminating consumers of media.
A great selection of tools and resources from the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), its legal partners, and others to help you navigate the uses and potential pitfalls of social media in your school site or district.