Articles: Social Media


There is a catch phrase among educators on Twitter: Lurking and learning. It’s used to describe the first steps an administrator or educator new to Twitter should take. According to Tom Whitby, a retired English teacher turned education professor at St.


On Feb. 23, Steven Anderson, instructional technologist for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (N.C.) Schools, celebrated his three-year anniversary—on Twitter.


It’s becoming clearer by the minute that, as Web technologies open more and more doors for learners, they also pose more and more challenges to traditional thinking about schools.


While Facebook and Google+ are popular social networks for everyday life, dozens of other networks have been created to provide safe and effective social learning environments for K12 education. Social learning networks (SLNs) allow students to learn 21st-century skills.


Let’s be honest. Flipping the classroom and using clickers and other new products can only have a modest impact on student achievement. Why?


Many districts have blocked YouTube because it either served as a distraction or raised concerns over appropriate use. Its new portal, however, offers solutions to teachers.


We haven’t seen this big a change in education in 500 years. Every learner with an Internet connection can build a personalized, global network of people and information.


Clintondale (Mich.) Community Schools’ high school has turned the traditional school day upside-down by asking teachers to assign short video lectures as homework and have students do activities, participate in discussions and complete assignments in class, with their tea


The transition from middle school to high school can often be daunting; however, students in Memphis City (Tenn.) Schools have found that Gaggle, which provides online learning tools, can help ease this changeover with its social media features.


When Google+ was announced in late June, it began in a field trial to determine its place in social networking.


As districts across the country debate the boundaries of social media in the class room, Missouri took an unprecedented step by passing the first statewide law banning teachers from individual communication with their students on social networks.

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To the more than 600 million members of Facebook and the expanding legions of Twitter users, you can add a growing number of schools and districts.


Some technology experts, including Will Richardson, a well-known social media blogger, say that social media has some value right now, but it's just a first step.


Among the many challenges facing district leaders, student safety can be particularly difficult as new technologies allow for instant and constant communication.


Online social networking includes much more than Facebook and Twitter. It is any online use of technology to connect people, enable them to collaborate with each other, and form virtual communities, says the Young Adult Library Services Association.