Aug 132013

It’s that time of year again… Time to get back to school! Why not start the year off with a new resolve and commitment to better communicate with and engage your students and their parents, letting them know about all of the great things happening in your classroom or school in a way that they are already familiar with?

Take a look at my Prezi: Facebook Fan Pages & Twitter: A Primer for Schools & Teachers. We start with the basics of what a ‘tweet’ is and what Twitter can do for you and finish up with the benefits of a Facebook Fan Page. I also include information on how to get started with each, including some suggested and safe initial settings for posting and interaction. You can also view the presentation below!

Dec 062011

Some great ideas here on how to use any cell phone in class for educational ‘Phone-Casting’ for both teachers and student projects. The highlight? Learning that creating a phonecast with iPadio of ANY recorded speech will be automatically transcribed into text!

May 122011

A guide for using Facebook for educators FROM Facebook. Looks like a good primer to explain all of the lingo and the differences between the Home, Profile, Groups and Pages in FB so that teachers can use it effectively.

Remember, you can create your own Facebook Fan Page here. Check out an example educator fan page at my SEDC Tech Training Fan Page.

May 032011

‘I am strongly supportive of teachers having access to social networking so they can use worthwhile educational sites such as Facebook and particularly YouTube,” he said. ”Teachers will be able to teach their students about digital citizenship so that students will be responsible users themselves of social networking sites at home.’

Teach them to be responsible Digital Citizens where there is some guidance and supervision instead of blocking and filtering.

Great to see that the tide of blocking and filtering is slowly turning.

Apr 292011

It’s a lengthy article, but well worth a read – especially if you are friending students in Facebook or are considering it…

I would agree that educators should never friend their students on Facebook. The best approach and the best way to harness the power of Facebook for your classroom is to set up a Facebook Fan Page for your classroom AND for your school. Fans and Friends of the same person will never see what’s on the other’s pages.

If you are a teacher, choose the ‘Public Figure’ option and as soon as you have at least 25 fans, you can create a simple, custom URL for your Facebook Fan Page to make further distribution easier.

Great article.