Although there are challenges to using social media, there are solutions to overcome those challenges. Not all solutions will be transformative, but these solutions will have a connection to social media. However, it is essential to understand that the learning objective is the primary reason to choose a tool.Continue reading “Alternatives to Social Media”
A substantial benefit of social media is the authentic learning experience. Social media is ubiquitous today, which educators can use to engage students effectively.Continue reading “Benefits of Social Media”
The current pandemic has changed our views on technology. Some understand and embrace it. Opposingly, some prefer the “we’ve always done it this way” approach, which will hinder innovation and even possibly be dangerous.Continue reading “Is Blended Learning a Trend?”
It is a widely accepted belief that social media is a distraction. This belief is no exception for Emerick, Caldarella, and Black (2019), who state that “social media can distract students’ attention from their coursework” (p. 269). Another way it is distracting is when students are near others using social media. They will be distracted by the constant buzzing or pinging sounds or the screen’s flashing when something interesting happens on social media. For example, while a student was typing a project in the library, a phone dinged frequently enough that continuing to work was difficult. Thus, one must accept and address the challenges that social media brings to education because social media will continue to exist.Continue reading “Challenges of Social Media”
The learning pyramid is a model explaining that learners only retain a portion of the intended goal. Depending on the method of implementation, that portion can be inadequate or significant. There are different versions of the pyramid. In most, “lecture” has a small percentage of retention while “creating” has a large percent of retention.Continue reading “Learning Pyramid”
Social media has many adverse effects on school-aged students. However, there are possible benefits to using social media in the classroom. The 21st-century skills indicate that a student needs to Communicate, Collaborate, Create, and Think Critically. Social media can enhance these skills in various ways.Continue reading “Social Media in Education”
What is GEG?
Google Educators Group is a Google for Education (Google Edu) community of educators using Google who inspire and empower each other to meet the needs of students through technology.Continue reading “GEG: Google Educator Groups”
Listening to Podcasts and Other Online Learning Resources are Considered Professional Development. This tracker will help.
This document will help you keep track of your online learning. You can provide this to your supervisor (Administrator) as evidence of Professional Development. Podcasts are a popular resource, however, Blogs (like this one), Vlogs (like YouTube Channels), and other resources are also a part of your professional development.
I’ve been out of for too long. But, it’s time to continue. This is what happened. #endCancerContinue reading “Google Apps Helped Us Fight Cancer”
Home calls are always requirements for Parent Contact Logs. But, not all districts provide a phone in the classroom. Here’s how to get phone line free.Continue reading “Get a Second Phone Line Free”