Adobe offers powerful software for video presentations
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9 essential social media tips for educators
Social media has had a major impact on education in recent years--perhaps a bigger impact than many realize.
During a McGraw-Hill Education webinar, #EdChat founders Steven Anderson and Tom Whitby offered tips and best practices focused on how to use social media in education and how to craft an impactful social media strategy.
Social media's educational and professional value can't be ignored, and nine tips in particular can help educators, administrators, parents, and students use collaborative technologies to the fullest potential.
"Educators have taken [the social media] platform and they've changed things around," said Whitby. "Through technology and Twitter, it's enabled us to take that collaborative learning and knock down all of the boundaries. We can collaborate with anybody at any time."
"What I think the benefit here is, is that we have a whole new group of teachers who are using social media for their own professional learning," Anderson said.
1. Don't be afraid to jump in
"Not everybody is going to feel comforatable about learning this technology, and learning what they need to know, but that's part of being a lifelong learner," Whitby said. "We need to change the priorities of professional development. We don't know, as educators, what it is that we don't know. They won't travel to those uncomfortable places if they're not made to."
2. Be committed
"In order to maintain relevance in education you have to keep up with what's going on, and to do that you really have to be connected," Whitby said. "You can't do that if you're sitting back and if you're not engaging and learning. The whole idea of being connected makes us what we want our students to be. We can all afford 20 minutes a day to stay connected and be relevant--it's amazing who you come in contact with."
3. Get past the stereotypes
"It's an opportunity for people to meet and socialize," Anderson said.
In fact, if more schools embraced social media, safety issues such as cyberbullying would not be nearly as prevalent as they are today.
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One amazing example of how to train teachers on technology
eSchool News provides not only daily original content on the latest in technology and innovation in education, but it is a trusted resource for teachers and administrators on how to implement technology to improve learning and enhance the student experience.
Our webinars, professional development, Educator Resource Centers, and best practices feature helpful tips for educators. The following story is one specific example of how to train teachers with the latest ed-tech tools.
Imagine you need to learn how to fly a jet. You’re given a link that describes how and an online video tutorial…nervous? Now imagine you’re being taught by a fighter pilot in a small class, and that class is with your peers. The course runs for weeks and includes experience from other teachers who now fly jets and were once like you. Little less nervous? Welcome to one district’s Technology Academy for teacher training.
Though it’s not a likely chance that any teachers are also pilots at Garnet Valley School District in Pa., for many teachers in schools across the country, the thought of knowing how to effectively use technology in classrooms is still an intimidating concept.
According to Paul Sanfrancesco, director of technology for the district, many teachers see technology as something that’s being pushed onto them. But once teachers learn the true value of education technology, the mindset can quickly change.
“The more you link the technology to the curriculum, the easier teachers find it—the less scary it will become—because it’s less of a foreign object and more a tool to help them instruct,” Sanfrancesco explained.
The problem for Garnet Valley was how to train teachers effectively in education technology without additional funds. Another concern was what to train teachers to use, since technology is constantly changing.
Maple 18 offers new and enhanced tools to enrich technical education
New functionality aims at helping students learn more, faster Waterloo, Canada; March 5, 2014: Maplesoft™ today announced a major new release of its flagship product, Maple™, the mathematical computing software for education and research in mathematics, engineering, and the sciences. With Maple 18, Maplesoft offers enhanced tools for developing interactive applications and quizzes, together with [ Read More ]