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How to Use New-Media Tools in Your Classroom (Video Playlist)

In these brief user-generated video clips, educators from around the country give lessons about specific technology and social-media tools you can use with your students. More to this story.
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How to Use New-Media Tools in Your Classroom (Video Playlist) (Transcript)

Suzie Boss on Twitter

Suzie: Hi, I'm Suzie Boss. I'm a writer and consultant from Portland, Oregon. It's a Saturday morning in Portland. I'm up and about, and out visiting at a wonderful gallery. But I know that teachers around the world are up and busy and thinking and learning about all kinds of things, because I've seen what they're posting about in little short bursts of content on Twitter. So at 140 characters they've told me that they're attending conferences about 21st Century learning and authentic assessment, and they're providing some updates about that. I know that others have just added some new podcasts to their blogs and I want to go back and visit later. I heard a little bit of discussion between a couple of folks I follow about some new research that I know I want to spend a little time reading and thinking about. So Twitter is kind of a big global room that lets you pay attention to conversations that interest you. You decide as the user whose updates are worth your time and your interest to follow. You decide how close to the conversation you want to get. You may want to kind of linger around the edges, lurk a little bit, and just listen in. Or you may want to step right in and add something to the dialogue. It's really up to you as the user. Twitter gives educators an opportunity to talk to each other, to connect with other people who are interested in what they're interest what might, to take discussions in new directions. And mainly to know that they're part of a bigger community of people who have shared interests, and have things to teach and learn together. So it's a tool for connecting, for learning, for researching, for being pretty active out in the world, and I think those are all things that are great for teachers to be doing, and also for teachers to be modeling. I'm also hearing some interesting ways that teachers are using Twitter with their students, but I think maybe that's another story we might come back to in the future.

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Jane Krauss's picture
Jane Krauss
Teacher, curriculum and program developer, author, PBL facilitator, techie

These are terrific little tools snapshots. I'd love to see more, with contributions from parents and kids and from professionals in fields we imagine our students working in one day.

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Anonymous (not verified)

These are terrific little tools snapshots. I'd love to see more, with contributions from parents and kids and from professionals in fields we imagine our students working in one day.

Joe Cody's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I LOVE this content and I'll forward to my colleagues. Keep up the great work!

Melanie Schmid's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Kudos Edutopia for helping teachers teach teachers! I plan to share this page with my district colleagues.

Amy Frackman's picture

I can't seem to get enough of the teachers sharing via video. The WIKI suggestions are so handy because I'm just starting one. It's nice to finally have some solid suggestions from a teacher with a wiki-centered room. My school is 100% text book driven. It's an alternative school. I can't wait to share with the teachers in my building about how Louise uses books when the server goes down. COOL!

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Anonymous (not verified)

I can't seem to get enough of the teachers sharing via video. The WIKI suggestions are so handy because I'm just starting one. It's nice to finally have some solid suggestions from a teacher with a wiki-centered room. My school is 100% text book driven. It's an alternative school. I can't wait to share with the teachers in my building about how Louise uses books when the server goes down. COOL!

Wendy's picture
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Help! I know that teaching is the profession I was meant to do! I have a double Bachelor's of Fine Art, an Alternative Certification, and taken and passed my TExES cert. for EC-12 Art Content test. I have also taught on a volunteer and contract basis to various public and private schools for the last three years. Still, I can't get a principle to call me back and even get an interview with them. What the heck am I doing wrong?! I know I am a great teacher, but can't even get face time.

Does any teachers out there have any suggestions for me??

Thank you any one who has any suggestions, as I am really quite discouraged that I don't seem to be making head way here in Dallas, TX.!

amy's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

it's hard to get a teaching job with an alternative certification. You need to make yourself known and seen at the school you want to teach at. You can do this by going to job fairs and by substituting. If a principal sees how great you are they are more likely to give you a chance.

Rusha Sams's picture
Rusha Sams
Program Specialist with ARCC at Edvantia

Thanks for posting these so we can share with others. Good, useful tips, and the visuals help!

Rusha Sams's picture
Rusha Sams
Program Specialist with ARCC at Edvantia

Thanks for posting these so we can share with others. Good, useful tips, and the visuals help!

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