In this episode of the TechEducator Podcast, we discuss how Social Media can be used as a positive thing in the classroom environment.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Google I/O Conference
- New Google Assistant can make phone calls for you
- New Gmail Features
- Is this the end of the world?
- Social Media in the Classroom
- Best Practices for Social Media
- Account Creation
11 Tips for Social Media Success by Sam Patterson
- Once a day, share something specific.
- Take a close up picture of one kid’s work, get their hands in there.
- Don’t engage the current debate
- That new thing everybody is ranting about? Ignore it, it isn’t important. The debate is more energy than it is worth.
- Follow widely unfollow freely
- If you are a teacher, follow teachers. If you are running a classroom account, follow classroom accounts. Unfollow at the first sign of trouble. Never feel guilty about unfollowing. Don’t show your students the raw feed unless you have a good reason.
- Expect your kids and parents to read your feed
- They won’t read all your posts, but they will see every mistake you make. Make the right ones.
- Lift up someone else’s work
- Share the work of the teachers and classrooms you follow. This is an easy way to stay active and share positive.
- Ask questions
- If you see a project you like, ask a question. People love to answer questions about what they shared. Everybody learns from good questions.
- Chats aren’t required
- People can get really excited about Twitter chats, you don’t have to. They can be overwhelming and they are not for everyone.
- Turn notifications off
- Seriously, evil corporations are reshaping your brain’s chemistry through notifications. I am not kidding, turn that crap off.
- Use threads to tie together a group of examples
- Post a “Title tweet” that has the name of the assignment and then “thread” the rest of the examples as replies.
- Interact with those who feed your practice.
- If you find someone’s tweet useful or inspiring, tell them. Don’t just RT it, say “thanks” it matters.
- Never forget these platforms were built to monetize outrage and disagreement, don’t make money for them.
We left 3 important points off of this list. . . . . What are they? Let us know in the comments
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