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By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Teacher Tips: Using Social Media in the Classroom

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A growing number of teachers are incorporating social media into their lesson plans—and I’m one of them.

It’s been great to see students really embrace some innovative ways of expression through apps like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress—creating and curating images and ideas while interacting with their world outside of the classroom. It helps us teachers break down classroom walls and class-time barriers as students learn and reflect by using tools on their mobile devices.

Here are some great ways to use social media in the classroom:

By Aaron Quigley | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teachers: 3 Tools to Get Students Collaborating in Online Courses

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Online education has boomed this past decade. Students around the world—such as Masters Students in the Johns Hopkins School of Education—can now attend classes while sipping a latte in the campus coffee shop or anywhere else they can access the Internet, as a bulk of their classes are now online.

The downside, of course, is they may never meet their fellow classmates.

While online education is making learning more accessible, it can also alienate students from their peers. These virtual classrooms often lack academic conversation, collaboration, and debate—all of which push student thinking, and are an important part of the learning process.

Here are three ways to foster collaboration, encourage student-to-student interaction, and create a classroom community with your online class.

By Jethro Jones | Sunday, September 14, 2014

Become a Better Teacher with Twitter Education Chats

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Are you interested in learning and becoming a better teacher? Twitter chats are one way to focus your learning and get tons of information in a very short amount of time.

You might even get so much information that you can’t get through it all. That’s OK! Take what will help you become a better teacher—and then share with others the tools and tips that worked for you.

By Aaron Quigley | Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Learnist and Other Tech Tools Making Textbooks Extinct

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As a college student, I learned to wrap my textbooks covers with a brown paper bag in order to keep the book looking new. This is a skill my own children will never learn.

They will never wait in line to sell back a 40-pound stack of books, and won’t have heavy boxes of outdated editions to move out of their dorm rooms.

The textbook is quickly becoming extinct. Emerging is a new wave of classroom technology that’s redefining what school looks like, and how we learn.

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