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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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    Using Social Media to Build a Personal Learning Network

    More and more teachers are taking to Twitter and Facebook to share ideas and strategies with peers throughout the country.
    Danielle Mancinelli
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    Using Twitter in World Language Classes

    Three ways to use tweets to introduce students to real uses of language in a context they’re likely already familiar with.
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  • Professional Development Books

    How the Digital Age Is Affecting Students

    Five books that give insight into how social media and technology are shaping today’s students and their learning.
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    What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship

    Ideas on how to guide students to the knowledge and experience they need to act responsibly online.
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  • Motivating the Unmotivated

    A group of elementary or middle school students are unruly, disrespectful, and underperforming academically and socially in the classroom. They do not appreciate the value of education. The teacher, despite good intentions and passion, is viewed as an adversarial or irrelevant authority figure. The students are unwilling to participate in tutoring or traditional mentoring programs. So what can be done?
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  • A male and female adult are standing on a stage with a large audience in front of them. Standing on the stage are three big, red letters spelling, "TED." On a screen behind them says, "Ted-ed clubs."

    Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration

    Whether snacking on TED-Ed videos, reading with purpose, checking into a smile backchannel, or chuckling at hashtags and memes, you're never far from relief and inspiration.
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  • Tablets and lamented information sheets next to boxes filled with marine life span across nine classroom tables. Seven students are sitting at one table, two students are standing together, and two others wearing headphones are working individually.

    100+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

    Social media can enhance differentiated instruction if the tools are selected with a careful eye on individual students' readiness, interests, and learning profiles.
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  • Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup

    A collection of articles, videos, and other resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy.
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  • Digital Citizenship Week: 6 Resources for Educators

    Digital Citizenship Week is October 16-22, and it's the perfect time to talk about online responsibility and safety. Explore some of the best resources to bring digital citizenship into the classroom.
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  • Engaging Your School Community Through Social Media

    A school leader shares his strategies for connecting his community via the school website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, WeChat, and staff blogs.
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  • A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

    Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis, in the first half of a pro-and-con discussion about social media in the classroom, positions it as a vital life skill and provides 12 positive examples of classroom use.
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    Using Emojis to Teach Critical Reading Skills

    Use kids’ expertise with emojis to help them analyze texts more effectively.
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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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    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 get started.
    2.9k

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