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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Social Media in the Classroom

Most Saturday mornings from 7:30-8:30AM you can find me sharing in educational conversations via Twitter and the group #satchat. Today was no different. The topic was "What Connected Educators Do Differently" (co-moderators @Jeff_Zoul and @casas_jimmy). Even though I didn't tweet much today, I learned a great deal. Looking back on my previous blog posts, the most popular was when I shared some icebreakers. One of the questions posed to the group asked about using social media tools to connect with students. So after the chat this morning, I went back and created a list of some ideas that I want to try, remember, and/or share. We all know that educators are famous for "borrowing" awesome ideas from colleagues and This Blog is Why sharing is caring!

Before I get to my list, I found a challenge to take within my challenge. Of course, I have committed myself to reading at least one blog per day. Now, the new challenge presented by @mwaiksnis (Mike Waiksnis) is the #3in3 challenge. The goal is to leave at least 3 comments on 3 different blogs for 3 days. I think this is a great idea. The power of reflection in blogging is rewarding, but who doesn't love feedback? It would also be interesting to know what your audience is thinking, how are they reacting to posts, and whether they agree/disagree with points you have presented. I am looking forward to this new challenge and I hope you will join me. Only 3 days? Easy!

 My big take-aways from #satchat:
1. Blog- #nphcblogit #ECGBlogging

2. 50 ways to use Twitter- http://www.teachhub.com/50-ways-use-twitter-classroom

3. Instagram/Fakebook- via @leadlaughlearn http://tinyurl.com/LLLinclass

4. Twitter Tuesday-Post one question for students to answer via @JayBilly2

5. 5 Ways to use YouTube- http://tinyurl.com/YT5ways

6. Skype- @SkypeClassroom @MysterySkype

7. Literacy Snapshots- https://community.theeducatorcollaborative.com/from-the-book-ambassador-literacy-snapshots/

8. #ShelfieWednesday #Read4Fun-Share what you are reading.

9. Voxer- via @cybraryman1 http://www.cybraryman.com/voxer.html

10. Etc.- @RemindHQ, @Movenote, @GoogleForEdu, @SmorePages, @Edmodo

You can also connect with me on Twitter @MsClassNSession or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/principalsdj.
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2 comments:

  1. Great takeaways. Love the literacy snapshots. JoEllen McCarthy is a superstar Literacy Leader from whom I always get amazing ideas. Going to do the Blog Challenge but only have to do all three this morning. :-)

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  2. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely look to her for more ideas. Just added her on Twitter!

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