Teachers Can Use Social Networks Too!

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Here are some of the social networks that will be demonstrated and discussed at teacher trainings.

First of all… THIS PAGE!  This is a manilla blog page, and I have opened up the comments area for you to share your own favorites and concerns to go over together. Scroll to the bottom to use this feature.

www.aim.com – talks to ichat and aol aim – but includes lifestream status updates

www.twitter.com

New 2013! See up to date statistics for any twitter feed!  tweetbinder.com

Twitter in 60 Seconds

How to use Twitter in Education

Open up a whole new world with #hashtags!!!

http://www.cybraryman.com/edhashtags.html Educational Hashtags

Tweet Deck – download to follow multiple hash tags and twitter streams at once

http://hootsuite.com/ Hoot Suite – another tool to follow your favorite social networks.

topsy.com Lets you see people and hash tag posts that are more than two weeks old.

Using Twitter to Transform the Classroom  http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2010/10/using-twitter-to-transform-classroom.html

Tool for parent/teacher communication? http://detroit.momslikeme.com/members/JournalActions.aspx?m=5368209&g=190135

www.plurk.comDifferent organization, connect to educators from other parts of the country.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/LHF-Lindsay-Holy-Family Very popular way to communicate with our community.  Tricky to update facebook from school – with facebook not allowed.  Update status with cell phone texting.  Also set page so no comments could be added by non-administrators.

If your school is interested in using social networks as a ‘advertising’ tool, here is a site suggested by Kevin Honeycutt on Plurk: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/12-social-media-tools-recommended-by-the-pros/

diigo – not just keeping track of your bookmarks, but social networking side to share bookmarks with others!  Include highlights and post it notes on sites you bookmark and share.  Simpler than most social networks, but still a sharing and learning tool.

Livebinder – online binder to organize and share data Livebinder Tutorial

 

http://ping.fm/Currently posts to Twitter, Facebook, Plurk, AOL Aim, and Myspace all at the same time. Can post from ping.fm or from cell phone.

It works pretty well – but had to turn off auto posting in PLURK, or ping would post it to plurk and facebook, and plurk would also post it to facebook – double posts.  Ping.fm seemed to be flaky while posting from Colorado, so turned my plurk auto forwarding back on for this week.

www.edmodo.com network with similar layout as facebook and more private for use with classes and staff development!  Just discovered here at TIE. FREE

www.linkedin.com Network used for job searches and professional contacts, but becoming more main stream.

www.ning.com Had been used a lot for teacher controlled free social networking in your classroom and with your peers, but recently has begun charging for accounts.  We’ll see how this environment changes in the near future.

Good advise for building your own PLN (Personal Learning Network)

Think of it like a spirograph…. http://techlearning.com/blogs/26352

Getting Started on Social Networking – Just my Thoughts.

Step 1: Sign up for a social network (I tend to avoid the ones that my students are using.  Separate is sometimes a good thing.)  Try to choose an online ID that will be consistent across several networks.  Eg: I use dalindg in AOL Aim, Twitter, and Plurk. Don’t fill in every field.  If it doesn’t have anything to do with your professional life, leave it blank.

Step 2: Find at least one peer to network with in order to get the feeling for what this network can offer.  Feel free to follow or friend me.

Step 3: Look through your friends’ friends to find more people to follow.  Generally you need at least 10 active people to make your social network worthwhile. Be patient, some people have to approve you before your relationship will start.

Step 4: Try to log in once a day (or once a week… I know how working in a school goes.)  Don’t update your status unless it is something other teachers want to know about.  The new web site your kids found or a neat solution to a classroom issue are worth sharing.  Keep privacy issues in mind – tweets are TOTALLY PUBLIC. Read your peers’ posts and reply to them.  Some teachers are tweeting rather than googling for answers – their peers are more reliable for real life answers.

Step 5: Don’t be afraid to remove non-productive people from your list.  If someone is posting more about their breakfast every morning than their classroom, maybe they shouldn’t be part of your professional social network.

As your professional use of social networks grows, it can almost act as an online resume.  Insightful, helpful, comical, and REAL use of technology can be a wonderful thing!

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