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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.