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The Power of Social Media for Teachers


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These are the slides used in my presentation at the Christa McAuliffe Tech Conference in November 2012.

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The Power of Social Media for Teachers

  1. 1. THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR TEACHERS CMTC * November 28, 2012 Bill Carozza • Principal – Harold Martin School • Twitter: @wcarozza • Blog: • Hashtag: #cmtc12
  2. 2. BIG PICTURE GOALS FOR TODAY• Understand how social media can be used to: • LEARN and CONNECTTT • COMMUNICATE
  3. 3. SPECIFIC goals for today:• Establish why the use of social media (SM) and being a Connected Teacher is a positive thing for educators. Encourage and inspire!• Review a number of SM possibilities.• Point you to resources for more information.• You make a decision to pick one SM tool to try.
  4. 4. TodaysMeet
  5. 5. Quick Tweet • Pres. at Christa McAuliffe Tech Conf in NH-Social Media for Teachers. Pls tweet back how Twitter has been powerful for you. #edchat #cmtc12
  6. 6. Vic and Jean CarozzaIt’s all about relationships
  7. 7. Technology Credo • Technology tools should only be used if they support our academic values.
  8. 8. Again…Will Richardson• The most sweeping change in our relationship with the Internet may not be as much with the ability to publish as it is the ability to share and connect and create with many, many others of like minds and interests.
  9. 9. You think the world has changed? 1989 Radio Shack Cell Phone Commercial
  10. 10. What is Web 2.0?
  11. 11. Web 1.0• Static web pages• Using search engines• Surfing the web
  12. 12. Web 2.0• Web applications (as opposed to client or desktop based apps.)• User interaction• Facebook, Blogs, Twitter, Wikis• Users focus on ideas, creativity, collaboration• Technical know how-not as important • No need to know computer programming, e.g. HTML
  13. 13. In the Pre-Web 2.0 Age
  15. 15. Twitter
  16. 16. I thought this was Twitter...
  17. 17. A case for Twitter • Twitter is your window to perhaps the highest quality content on the web. • It’s a free Web 2.0 microblogging service, 140 character max., and inspires you to read and learn. • It’s all about connections.
  18. 18. The Language of Twitter @: Reply sent to a specific personRT: Retweeting helps to spread great tweets to othersDM: Direct Message is like email-private to one person #: Hashtag parses Tweets to a single topic
  19. 19. Why Use Twitter? For Your Rapidly disseminate info Classroom Create your Own PLN (ProfessionalProf. Growth Learning Network)
  20. 20. Disseminating Info From Your Classroom
  21. 21. DEVELOPING YOUR PLN (Personal Learning Network) Learn from other educators Links to blogs, articles Find collaborative solutions Backchanneling at conferences
  22. 22. HOW TO ACCESS TWITTER?Multi-Column-Tweetdeck, HootsuiteSingle Column-Twitter for Mac,Echofon Smartphone
  23. 23. It’s all about Hashtags #edchat #elemchat #cmtc12 #ascd #ascd13 #cpchat
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  25. 25. Getting started with Twitter • Head to and set up an account. • Follow those who are here at the conference • Head to a favorite hashtag and start following those who write tweets you like. • You will start getting followers!
  26. 26. Blogging
  27. 27. Why Blog? • Writing requires reflection and greater understanding. • Blogging begins the cycle of collaboration. • Blogging encourages administratros and students to do the same.
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  29. 29. Collaborationthrough Blogcommenting
  30. 30. Getting your blog going in one day: BLOGGER
  31. 31. RSS Readers
  32. 32. RSS through the iPad Reeder
  33. 33. Social Bookmarking Using Diigo
  34. 34. The problem
  35. 35. The problem• You have many web sites that you have love and have bookmarked. How do you organize them so that you can find them again?
  36. 36. The problem• You have many web sites that you have love and have bookmarked. How do you organize them so that you can find them again?• do you find good vetted educational web sites instead of searching through thousands on Google?
  37. 37. Solution-SocialBookmarking with Diigo * Organizes all of your web sites * Can set up vetted web sites groups for students * Can search for vetted web sites – more reliable than Google
  38. 38. ScreencastsUsing Screenr
  39. 39. POWER ofscreencasts • Can be used as brief training videos for students or info for parents. • Combines your computer screen with voice. • Client software and web software • Easy web example: Screenr
  40. 40. PODCASTING 41
  41. 41. Podcasting can be with software as complex as Garageband or Audacity...
  42. 42. Much simpler on the iOS Garageband app...or...
  43. 43. Even simpler with the iOS and Android app: Audioboo
  44. 44. ResourcesAll resources can be found at, click tab: “Workshop Resources” Email: Twitter: @wcarozza