I’ll be honest – I was a late-adopter for Twitter. I skipped MySpace. Got on board facebook (of course) and LinkedIn for my professional life. I’ve not jumped in to Instagram or some of the younger focused platforms.
The more I use Twitter personally, the more I think about how it could be used in the classroom – at least at the high school level. Apparently, I’m not the only educator thinking along these lines.
Class Twitter Account: How Your Students Can Tweet
Trick for Creating a Class Twitter Account
26 Ways Educators Use Twitter (home of this excellent info-graphic):
Here’s how to use it with colleagues:
A Teacher’s Guide to Creating a School Twitter Chat
And here’s some other educators to follow:
100+ Education Twitter Accounts to Follow
Here’s another, shorter list of educator tweets to follow. And another similar list.
Lastly, an interesting look at how Twitter is central in political debates, particularly over the Common Core and the “opt-out” movement.
Today was Back to School Day for my son and daughter. After an anxious and restless night for all of us, it was the earliest morning we’ve seen around here for a couple of months. Once the kids were launched (and I went back to sleep as it’s still summer where I teach), I checked my email and smiled upon discovering a link to a collection of vintage “Calvin and Hobbes” comics with a back to school theme.
Here’s a couple of my favorites:
I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately about 1980’s comics as Berkeley Breathed is publishing brand new “Bloom County” strips on his facebook page. There’s speculation that Donald Trump’s presidential bid spurred Breathed’s return. Note the circa mid-1980’s Bloom County and Bloom County 2015:
And don’t get me started with my nostalgia around the Vacation reboot and my sadness at it’s poor reviews (Rotten Tomatoes – 25%) Ouch!
It’s the First of April and the 100th post on Ed Tech Emergent! And no, this is not a clever April Fool’s Joke like the one put forth today by Redbox in their introduction of the companion Petbox with videos and games for dogs and cats.
I’ve been collecting interesting, education-related links for more than six months and I have far too many I’ve not posted yet. To celebrate one hundred posts, I share many (31 actually) links to tips, tricks, and devices all from the world of Google. Here goes:
Google’s Art Project Chrome Extention – A beautiful way to customize the “new tab.” In the midst of the wide range of art that appears, buttons to key funtions can be accessed. Here’s a couple of the artworks which came up for me today:
11 Handy Chrome Extensions You Should Try Today
Google Sheets: Click Here to Tweet
Here’s a Good Way to Annotate and Grade Google Drive Files
Make the Most of Your Gmail With These Excellent Apps
Google Puts Chrome OS on Your TV With Its Own HDMI Stick – I first saw this exciting announcement today, so hopefully it’s not an April Fool’s Joke. What it appears to be is a gum-packaged sized stick, dubbed the Chromebit, priced at about $100, which will essentially turn your TV into the functionality of a Chromebox (by adding a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard).
Five Myths About Google
A Guide to Google Tools: Tips and Tricks You Can’t Live Without
8 Good YouTube Channels for Teachers
Withgoogle.com – A pretty amazing and mysterious portal which I learned about from this article. Here’s the link to the site itself.
6 Good Chrome Notetaking Apps That Run Offline
Two Good Google Drive Templates to Create Fake Facebook Pages
15 Amazing Features in Google Apps You Probably Don’t Know About
7 Great Chrome Apps to Help Students Become Better Googlers
Create an HD Fly-Through Video Tour in Google Earth Pro – This is one that I’m hoping to try out during Easter Break. If you’ve not yet downloaded your free copy of Google Earth Pro, do it now!
7 Great Google Forms for Teachers
10 of the Best Chrome Apps for Math Teachers
How School Admins Can Harness the Power of Google Drive
Google Offers These Powerful Storytelling Apps for Free
10 Google Slides Activities to Add Awesome to Class
5 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do on YouTube
Everything Teachers Need to Know About Google Scholar Library
Interactive Learning Menus Using Google Docs
Excellent Speech to Text Tool Integrated with Google Drive
Chrome Extension Turns YouTube into a Serious Music Player
Using Google Spreadsheet for Creating Flashcards
Teacher’s Easy Guide to Creating Quiz Shows on Google Drive
5 Great Google Plus Communities for Teachers
11 Steps to Create a Google Plus Community for Your Class
Create a Badge with Google Drawing
Excellent Tutorials to Create Presentations on Google Drive
I hate to admit it, but I am quite clueless about hashtags. In others words, I am #cluelessRE#. I just typed that, but I have very little idea about what it actually means or more importantly, how it could be useful on social media or elsewhere.
So when I came across this great visual on hashtags and their use across social media platforms, I was pretty excited. I’m going to apply what I learned immediately as I start Tweeting about the CRS RiceBowl extra credit assignment I’m doing with my classes.
If you would like to be a #learnerRE#, here’s another link (albeit from a few years ago) specifically geared towards teachers.