Socially Connect-Ed

Twitter In Education Or Just Life

What is twitter? It’s simply an only site that allows you post updates and follow updates of people that interest you. There are so many tools for twitter now that it’s getting hard to keep up. You can follow virtually anyone on twitter these days. Why not follow and be followed.

Using twitter in education would allow students and parents real time updates. Here’s what you can do.

  1. Create a teacher account – only educational updates, no personal use
  2. Allow access to some of the applications listed below in order to share files, video, audio, images and simple text updates.
  3. Be creative, but do not use students last names and locations
  4. Follow students or not they can direct message you questions
  5. Easy to use and update on the fly – mobile tools, desktop tools are also listed below
  6. Post right from your cell phone

Post to Twitter

  • Write4net – publish stories online with your twitter account. Write more than 140 characters.
  • Daily Tweet – most popular tweets on the net.
  • Tweetdeck – tweet and follow from your desktop or go mobile
  • TwitRes – share your resume on twitter
  • Dial2Do – use your mobile phone to post to twitter
  • TDash – a web based twitter dashboard easy and clean interface
  • Tiptop – a twitter search engine
  • Screenr – create screencasts for Twitter
  • TwitterVenn – create twitter venn diagrams completely dynamic!
  • Seesmic Look – tweet right from your desktop

Share Files and Media On Twitter

  • TwitVid – share real time videos on twitter
  • Twitpic – share photos at twitter
  • FileTwt – share files on twitter
  • Imjtwt – share images on twitter with this cool tool
  • CamTweet – share live video feeds on twitter
  • Chirps – share audio files on twitter
  • TwitPaint – paint graffiti and share on twitter
  • post anything to twitter images, video, files, audio and polls
  • Tweetcubes – post anything on twitter

Create Groups on Twitter

Fun With Twitter Updates

  • Twootball – update football scores with this tool
  • Tweet Map – follow updates on a Google Map

Face Book – Learning Socially with Facebook

Why not use the biggest social platform in the world to grab the attention and interest of your students? Facebook can be a dangerous place for kids, but if they are taught online responsibility while young and learning how to be socially ethical human beings, they will learn far more than the risks of online networking. I am speaking from experience, as all three of my young children can be found connecting with their friends, cousins, grandparents, and even their parents while on their Facebook accounts. I take the responsibility as a parent to teach my children about the dangers, risks and consequences of their online behavior. They know that I am watching, but better than that, they are beginning to develop a moral conscience. It really doesn’t matter whether online or face-to-face, children need to learn acceptable and ethical behaviors. We must teach them about integrity and trust, but also the risks of being on their own or with friends in all environments, not only the online ones. I will share some of the best practices for use of Facebook for teachers, administrators, schools and districts. Like anything else, there are risks, but taking the right safeguards and protocols, you won’t go wrong.

Facebook Do’s

  1. Create a “professional/personal” account manage what you put on your wall by creating lists, pages or groups. Read and share Best Practice for Facebook in Education
  2. Create a profile that is private for friends only.
  3. Allow students and parents to fan pages or join groups if desired. Never force anyone to join FB.
  4. Only post school related updates and information.
  5. Lock down the group or page walls if you are worried about content. Moderate the comments too. Do not allow others to post to your wall if you are worried about their comments.
  6. Create a Class, School or District Facebook Page – creating pages is simple and useful for others to fan or like your page. This is a simple way of getting updates and info. out to your students and school community. Very easy to set up only allow your own updates. Establish students protocols for use.
  7. Create private Facebook Groups for studying or learning networks. Be transparent, allow parents and admins to view and participate. Again only post school content.Establish students protocols for use.
  8. Remember anything you do can be found and viewed. Post content that you can share in public or that you would be willing to share with your mother. I all it the Mom Rule. Remember school or class pages are not for personal use. It is an extension of the classroom and should remain a safe and secure learning environment for all participants.
  9. Always check your privacy settings. When FB makes a change, they often don’t tell you about it and your information gets shared. Check privacy on Apps that you connect with your account. Many have access to ALL information whenever they want.

Facebook Don’ts

  1. Don’t set your profile to open status. Set your privacy settings so that only friends see you updates and content. Check to see who can find you, you might want to make it completely private so that no one can request a friendship with you.
  2. Don’t use a profile photo that can be questionable.
  3. Don’t friend, comment or chat with students on your facebook account. This is risky business and a line that should not be crossed.
  4. Don’t friend parents. Sorry, they might be your friends, but when it comes to professional responsibility, things can be taken out of context and used against you.
  5. Don’t criticize students, colleagues, administrators, school board members, parents! This can lead to job termination and legal action! Public educators are pursuant to their public employment code of ethics.
  6. Don’t write, post or do anything online that you wouldn’t do in front of your mother! :)
  7. Don’t post publicly unless you want to stand behind what you shared to anyone that challenges you including your boss that may have a different opinion.
  8. Don’t be stupid! Use your moral compass or conscience. You are the adult, behave like one, kids look up to you whether you think it or not.


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