Social Media And Online Tools For K12 Teachers

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Social Media and Online Tools for K12 Teachers

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, it’s seems everyone, including your students, talk about ways the Internet let’s them stay in touch and see what others are doing. Since many of your students are already there, have you been curious if any of these tools might keep them engaged in your class? Do you ever wonder if there might be some time effective ways to communicate with their parents?  GoogleDocs, Adobe ConnectNow, iGoogle, Flicker, animoto, earth album, Teacher Tube, blogs, virtual labs and yes, even Facebook and Twitter can help you add dimension and interest to your class. Discover tips to use a variety of social media and online tools to help your students. You will also spend some time discussing ways to overcome resistance you might encounter in using these programs. For any teacher interested in social media, from beginners to advanced social networkers.


Unit 1
-Social media & online tools.
-The evolution of social media.
-A sampling of the tools.
-Role of smartphones.
-Overcoming your fear.

Unit 2
-Enhancing instruction.
-Tools to encourage student group work.
-Graphics, videos & virtual labs.
-Tools to strengthen your collaboration with colleagues.
-Develop a web presence for you class.

Unit 3
-Communicating with parents.
-Tools for regular updates.
-Online calendars.
-Virtual scrapbooks.

Unit 4
-Techno resistance and future trends.
-What do you mean you aren’t on Facebook? The non-techno members of a web savvy -generation.
-The “wave” of the future.
-Overcoming district and parental resistance.

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