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[20 Feb 2012 ]

The following is a guest post from Kay Cantwell, an Education Officer of Digital Learning at Brisbane Catholic Education in Brisbane Area, Australia.
13 Reasons Teachers Should Use Diigo
Diigo stands for “Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff.” It is a social bookmarking program that allows you to save your ‘favorites’ online, so that they can be accessible from any computer with an internet connection. However, Diigo does much more than this.
So…here are 13 reasons every teacher should use Diigo:

Diigo provides a free, efficient, effective and …

[9 Dec 2011 ]

True or False: Educators around the world are using social media for their own professional development.

And the answer is … True!

Social learning is in, and teachers and administrators everywhere are enhancing their own personal and professional development by harnessing the power of social media.
 
Please share how social media has impacted your professional life
with me down below in the comments. 

If you need help getting started, check out the following 10 ways to start using social media as a professional development tool…

Twitter

      1. Connect with like-minded learning professionals worldwide to …

[29 Nov 2011 ]

The following is a guest post from our good friend, Steven Anderson, who is a District Instructional Technologist in Winston-Salem, NC.  Steven works with district and school administrators on how to harness the power of technology to enhance learning.

Twitter For Administrators
So, you’ve heard about Twitter. You are curious. You think it would be a great means of communication for your school or your district. But where do you start? How do you proceed?
It’s simple my friends!
Here is my primer and some advice for schools (and districts) that want to …

[22 Nov 2011 ]

Sometimes who you know is as important as what you know. Having a wide range of professional connections not only broadens your reach, it can actually help you learn, grow, and become more efficient.
We have a variety of webinars for administrators and principals inside the Teacher Learning Community – and I’m going to give you a look at one of our favorites!
This session explores the role of the networked administrator, who, as the school’s lead learner, recognizes the value and use of social media to develop professional connections, build relationships …

[30 Sep 2011 ]

Twitter addiction is real.  And if you’re reading this post, likely the question you should be asking yourself isn’t “Am I addicted to Twitter?” but “How addicted am I?!”.
You likely found this blog through a retweeted Tweet that another Twitter addict sent out… and you may have already retweeted yourself before even reading this.
Here’s my list of 21… do you think you could add any to this list?  How many of these apply to you?
1.  You feel it’s your personal mission to convert non-tweeters.
2.  You have a Twitter client on …

[2 Aug 2011 ]

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last month, undoubtedly you’ve heard of the new social networking site everyone has been raving about:  Google+.
All this buzz has generated some great articles (my to-read pile just keeps growing!) so it’s been hard to find just one favorite Google+ area to discuss…that’s why I’ve decided to share some of my favorite articles to help get educators started. 
Here’s my Google+ Guide for Educators:

Google Plus: Is This is the Social Tool Schools Have Been Waiting For?

[21 Jun 2011 ]

When it comes to digital footprints, are your students on the right path?
I came across an article last night that really caught my attention…  The gist of it insinuated that when applying for jobs, a background check can include all of an individual’s Facebook activity.  
As a strong advocate for embracing technology and utilizing the power of social media as much as possible, I’ll admit that even I was caught a little off guard at first.  I’d like to think that I do a pretty good job using the Internet appropriately, …