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Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram as learning tools? Discover innovative ideas for using social-media tools in the classroom and for professional development.

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20 Top Pinterest Tips

Pinterest is an educator's dream come true because of its many options for curating and sharing ideas, displaying student work, and building a PLN.

Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas

Social media can provide great tools for education. Yet, many teachers remain reluctant to use them. Matt Davis has gathered some of the best resources to help teachers use social media with their students.

Creating a Dynamic Facebook Page for Your School

Facebook is a place where schools can take charge of their image. Check out these suggestions for building a page for your school.

8 Tips to Create a Twitter-Driven School Culture

Administrators can create a more connected school culture by modeling Twitter use and encouraging staff to work, play, and learn through the medium.

Social Media in Education: Resource Toolkit

This collection of blogs, articles, and videos aims to help educators deploy social-media tools to develop professionally, connect with parents and communities, and engage students in 21st-century learning.


Motivating the Unmotivated

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The New Edutopia!

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Too Much Technology and Not Enough Learning?

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Real-World Tasks in the ELA Classroom: Goodreads

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Motivating the Unmotivated

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The New Edutopia!

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Kicking A Digital Addiction: What Happens When Students Must Unplug

Author and educator Bill Smoot challenged his students to spend an entire weekend unplugged -- no cell phones, TV, radio, Internet -- and confront head-on their relationship with technology.

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How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN

Edutopia's Betty Ray on how to get started using Twitter to expand your personal learning network.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Twitter in Education

Twitter has become a powerful tool for teaching and learning. VideoAmy offers up a playlist of videos that will help you learn to use the social platform for networking, sharing resources, and more.

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#EduElection: Tweet Through the Election

Teachers Michelle Lampinen, Jon Olsen and Sarah Gross describe how they enabled over 100 students to discuss the Presidential debates live on Twitter. Taking the concept further, they have launched #EduElection for students and educators to discuss...

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Teach At-Risk Students in Leadership and Language Arts with. . . World of Warcraft?

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley speaks with IT coordinator Lucas Gillispie about his pioneering work with incorporating MMORPGs into the public school curriculum.

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Student Fights Bullying with Positivity

Student Kevin Curwick describes how he decided to fight high school cyberbullying with a positive-themed Twitter account and ended up launching a global niceness trend. (Updated 11/2013)

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Grant Funding with Social Media

Ed tech specialist Brian Dixon looks using social media to locate, manage, update, track, announce and implement grant funding.

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Making the Case for Social Media in Schools

Social media is becoming an essential tool for professional growth, curriculum planning, and student engagement. Twitter, Instagram, Skype, and other platforms offer endless educational possibilities.

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Student Fights Bullying with Positivity

Student Kevin Curwick describes how he decided to fight high school cyberbullying with a positive-themed Twitter account and ended up launching a global niceness trend. (Updated 11/2013)

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Do Educators Really Need Blog Posts?

Guest blogger Tom Whitby traces the history of collaborative PD from mimeos and thermo faxes to blog posts and tweets, emphasizing the importance of teachers sharing their voices, entering the dialogue, and staying relevant.

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The Digital Lives of Teens: The Internet Never Takes a Rest

Principal and blogger Matt Levinson looks at the ubiquitous nature of social media and its impact on the lives and identities of teens.

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Teaching Tolerance: Meet the Teacher Who Started Gay-Straight Alliances

Teacher Bob Parlin launched the first gay-straight alliance in a public school. Today, this national network provides a powerful dose of social and emotional learning for students of every orientation.

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Twitter Support for Educators and Parents

Guest blogger Joe Mazza presents two new initiatives - the #Nt2T chat and the Twitter 101 eCourse - designed to bring teachers, school leaders and parents into the communication- and information-rich Twitterverse.

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MOOCing It: 10 Tips for Creating Compelling Video Content

Edutopia blogger and science evangelist Ainissa Ramirez delivers ten pointers to help you avoid repeating her mistakes as you create compelling, enduring video content for your MOOC.

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How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School

Schools and districts around the country are starting to put social media policies and guidelines in place to support this learning. Review the seven steps -- and a roundup of valuable resources -- to help safely bring social media into your school or...

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