Sunday, March 19, 2017

Session 2: Question 2 Social Media and Teachers

Chapter 5: This chapter is about teachers' use of social media. How could you use social media professionally? Cite your page numbers. 

This is a good example of how to use social media. I retweeted an article about how middle schoolers are successfully learning in social media and tagged Don Wettrick, the author of Pure Genius. He ❤️ it. We just made a professional connection via social media that otherwise would have never happened. 

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  1. I use Twitter as a professional learning tool. I follow other educational leaders and teachers that share different types of innovative technology tools they use in their classrooms. I also use Twitter for Twitter chats about educational topics such as increasing student engagement or meeting students' 21st century educational needs. I agree with the author when he talks about how teachers need to embrace social media so they can have the latest educational practices and resources for them (Kindle location 1085).Teachers shouldn't wait until a faculty meeting or a district training to find out the most current beliefs and practices that are being used in successful and effective classroom today.

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    1. I agree with Annie Mitchell's 's response on June 14th that social media can be an excellent professional learning tool for teachers. Where else can you find and get ideas and questions that you have. Not only that, it's reaching out to a wide variety of people, not just your neighbor. The more collaboration the better!

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  2. @Annie Mitchell...you certainly do use Twitter as a professional learning tool. You "find great ideas and attract pro-level collaborators" page 61. I agree that social media is a game changer. The speed at which education is updating attests to the value of using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Nearpod, Kahoot,etc. I remember when we were forced to create Twitter and Apple accounts, etc., to use for school purposes at E Trainer meetings. They were so right!

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    1. I have to be the first to day I am unfortunately NOT a social media person. I only have Facebook and Pinterest and I'm not really looking to get into anything else. I know I need to, but just like the kids anything new is scary. UGH I know it's only going to get worse. Here's to not being scared to fail!

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  3. "Twitter is not just for the Kardashians. It serves as a tool for discovering amazing teachers who are sharing what works for them." pg 62. The author makes a compelling argument that Twitter is for teachers. My feed is not solely about teachers, but it is mostly educational. I have interacted with authors and it leads to interacting with author's friends and colleagues. This month I have interacted with Jason Green who cowrote Blended Learning in Action as well as Carol Salva who just published Boosting Achievment.
    I am always on the search for innovative 2nd grade teachers, and Twitter is the way to find them. I first started with Diigo feeds in my inbox daily, and then Edmodo groups and connections. One step at a time makes it easier to adjust.

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    1. @Melanie I am so excited to hear you have made professional connections with authors via Twitter. This is a great example of social media working for educators.

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  4. I could really relate to the part on pages 60-63 where they talked about finding a supportive community. I feel this really speaks to me because like I said I am not comfortable or knowledgeable with social media like I should be. Having the students know I'm "learning" with them I'm hoping they will be more daring as well to try new things and learn with me. I definitely see myself using social media more to get ideas and creative ways to do things in my classroom.

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  5. @Mrs. Breidenthal...I know a teacher who got switched from 5th grade language arts to math/science to just math to just science...all in one month. She was so unprepared for the science, she just told her students, "let's find out how this experiment turns out." She was not apologetic or self-conscious. I was impressed with that.

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  6. Teachers can use social media as a tool to enhance and enrich their teachings. I personally believe that "when it comes to finding great ideas and attracting pro-level collaborators, social media is the game changer." Page 61. I personally do not have a social media account, but that does not stop be from reading out it and finding ideas and solutions to my classroom situations. I look and read on SBISD Learner's Journey account from last year to write and respond to concerns and situations that I need help on. It's also easier to sometimes ask others for advice and solutions, ideas and inspirations from a network of teachers than just your next door teacher because you get to reach a variety of people and get SO many ideas!

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