The use of social media as a professional development tool in the educational world is finally taking hold. As it progresses, those using it need to understand that it is not a one-dimensional environment for learning.
To my shock and horror, my students claimed to have never seen a PopUp Video. They were vaguely aware of VH1 and suspected that some old people still watch it? If it even exists? We were brainstorming uses of Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker, and I was sharing that a colleague had a great idea of using the free online tool to make a PopUp video of a presidential debate.
You, like me, have spent a fair amount of time watching on-line videos. Who can blame us? When we need a break from grading, routines, or vacuuming, lovely owls, talking dogs, or five people playing one guitar are irresistible draws.
Social media can be our best friend during a tragedy by helping us collect the information we’re looking for fast, but social media can also make your institution look insensitive during a time of crisis if not curated correctly. Do you manage multiple social media accounts at your school? Do you schedule posts for future [...]
The edSocialMedia Bootcamp at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School brings together independent and private school professionals to spend a day in a hands-on training environment. The morning will begin with a presentation to illustrate best practices and case studies, followed by a team-driven approach to learning social media tools.
At La Salle College High School, we’ve been seriously involved in Social Media since about 2010, with a growing buy-in from our community yearly. But our students (an all-boys independent high school) were still leery of connecting with the official school accounts in fear of being “watched” by the administration. As all of you likely are [...]
The following video opened my eyes to a new language–computer programming. Often referred to as coding, mastery of this language is in high demand. Actually, mastery is not even necessary, “being conversational” in the language of coding can open many doors. Simply put by Steve Jobs, “Everybody in this country should learn how to program a [...]
In today’s day and age, we often look towards the younger generations for advice on how to use technology. Having trouble with your new smart phone? Ask any teenager on the block, they can give you a demo. Can’t make your interactive white board work? Chances are, one of your students can figure it out. However, just because teens are savvy at using these electronic devices doesn’t mean they know how to use them well.
Next time you’re with your students, look around. How many of them have smartphones in their hands? In a lot of classrooms, the answer will be all of them. Every teen has the web in his or her pocket. And it’s not so easy to unplug. We are almost physically attached to our technology at [...]
Fundamentals of Online Education (FOE), and E-Learning and Digital Cultures (EDC): two Coursera courses, two courses on e-learning, both MOOCs, both on Coursera, both offered by prestigious universities.