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Nam Ngo Thanh: Bringing Twitter into Primary Class- Why Not?

by Nam Ngo Thanh Expert Educator Columnist, Vietnam I believe that application of social media in schools is not new to all of us. Educators are now using it to make the learning more exciting and meaningful. How about you? What is your favorite social media? Is it Facebook, Blog or LinkedIn? For me, it is Twitter. At first, I was hesitant to use social media in my primary class but my perception on using it had change when I read this interesting statement from one of the websites in education: “Twitter won’t change your life, but it might make your job more fun and a little easier.” I was challenged with this statement and decided to immediately apply Twitter in my class, but few people told me that elementary school students are still too young to use Twitter. I totally agreed them so I thought of the safest and best approach that I can give to my primary students. How did I begin this? I started by sharing with my students the benefits of …

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Marija Petreska: Flipboard in the Classroom

by Marija Petreska Expert Educator Columnist, Macedonia Last weekend a tech geek had a birthday and what does one get a geek for a birthday but a geeky cake. His favorite app was Flipboard and somewhere in the middle of the discussion with the baker when a choice had to be made whether it should be a red base with white letters or a white base with red square on,  it dawned to me that I can think of at least half a dozen ways how to use Flipboard in the classroom. No, I’m not going to write about what magazines to follow in an English language classroom but rather share some tips and ideas how to create your own magazines and be followed. The first step is creating a magazine or magazines. You can have one for each grade, or topic, or one for each social network account that you’ll use and even each student can have his own magazine which would be like creating e portfolios.

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Bridget Crooks: Being a Connected Learner

by Bridget Crooks Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand I stumbled upon the above quote last week. Well, it came up on my facebook feed – shared by a wonderful teacher I know. And it really made me think. I live in a small town and work closely with one other colleague who teaches the same subject I do. What do I do when the answer isn’t in the room with me? What do I do when I don’t understand a concept? What do I do when I need inspiration? I turn to my PLN – my Professional or Personal or (my favourite) Personalised Learning Network. If you are not familiar with the term PLN it is using social media and technology to collect, communicate, collaborate and create with connected colleagues. Or “a system of interpersonal connections and resources that support informal learning” (Trust, 2012). There are two main tools for building your PLN.

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Scott Bricker: The Coach’s Corner- Communication in the 21st Century

by Scott Bricker Expert Educator Columnist, USA Over the course of the past two weeks, as I enjoyed some much needed down time and even a few days away from my computer, I have been very aware of how nice it was to not feel so “connected” as when school is in session and my every minute is consumed in front of my computer, working with a student on their computer, or talking about computers with teachers and staff around campus. My personal and professional worlds are so different than ever before but it is time to get back to the new reality we face in Educational Technology. There is no doubt that technology is rapidly changing the landscape of our classrooms and the many ways in which our students learn. Given that One-to-One Programs and other similar ventures have students staring at a computer or tablet screen for as many as several hours a day, I must admit to having some pretty serious concerns about how my students will learn and communicate with each …

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Marija Petreska: Swaying Tweets

by Marija Petreska Expert Educator Columnist, Republic of Macedonia So that your classroom is fully twitterized and your tweets are Swayed into a story, make sure all your students create twitter accounts. Be careful twitter is not for students under 13, so I suggest informing parents and school authorities before you start and an official consent on both sides is advisable. I’m an English language teacher so my ideas will go in that direction, but I’m sure you can all find something interesting, or that my ideas might grow into new ones you can use. 1. This first idea comes from a book called Meet the Marks This is an amazing way to teach punctuation. Encourage students to become any punctuation mark for a moment. They are to write short 140 character stories about who they are and what they do. Make sure you think of a hashtag name like #wethemarks and use it in every tweet. That will help you search the short stories in Sway and put them chronologically on your We the …

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Àngels Soriano: Student Voice- Technology for Participation and Empowerment

The contact our students are having with technology is increasingly done at younger ages. Even our daily habits are linked to the use of technology. It is clear that the classroom can’t be out of this world and has incorporated information technology and communication in the day. A second step was to use this technology for our students to construct their own knowledge, that create content where tools like OneNote obtained an exceptional role in the ability to adapt to the needs you want to raise students.