Monday, March 23, 2015

Pure Genius Week 8: Getting Started with Social Media

I saw in the comments to the post from 2 weeks ago that a few of you aren't using Twitter yet, but you were considering trying it. So what do you think now, after reading 3 weeks' worth of chapters on social media and 2 weeks' worth of comments? Are you willing to be an owl and see what people are sharing? And if you are an avid social media user, what type of user are you?

If you are on social media, whether you are using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or something else, please share your handle in your comment to this post so that we all can get connected. (I saw that some of you did that two weeks ago...thank you!) Also, share your favorite hashtags. The Office of eLearning is on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter and our Twitter hashtag is #INeLearn.

For next week we will be reading "Opportunities Are Everywhere." If you know others who want to be part of the book club, please tell them it's not too late to join in! Just have them get started with the first week's blog post and jump in to the conversation.

27 comments:

  1. I use Twitter ten times more this year than I have in the past and I think I have jumped to the Crow level. Since I began participating in #INeLearn Thursday chats, my followers and list of people I follow has skyrocketed. I have taken those connections beyond Thursdays and have been trading ideas since the fall. I also follow library hashtags for different celebratory events, such as #BannedBooksWeek and #TTW15 (Teen Tech Week). I also search #edtech from time to time for new ideas for integrating technology into the classroom. You can find me at @CAMMediaCenter!

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  2. I'm on twitter at @MrsTiscareno but I haven't really gotten as involved as I wish or as would be beneficial. I'm hoping to really hop into things over spring break.

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  3. I am on twitter at lindsayb114 but like Megan said I haven't gotten as involved as I would like to. I normally use facebook (Lindsay Berndt) daily.

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  4. My twitter handle is @farandlow the one social outlet that I try to keep professional even though I follow some of my children and their activities. Others such as facebook and pinterest for me are more personal with exception of our school's effort to publicize activities on facebook. In addition to the #INeLearn tag, I use something connected to my posts such as #mathteacher or #Spanishteacher, but I find these are very wide in their content. Some of the feeds that I enjoy following are @edutopia @edudemic @edtechfam and for an off-beat but educational slant I like @dailygenius

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  5. My twitter handle is @laurafrondorf. I am not good at using hashtags. I am trying to improve. I do follow @MrSchuReads, @AngelaMaiers, and several of my students favorite authors so I can keep them up to date on what's coming. My goal is to become more comfortable using hashtags and checking my twitter account more frequently than once every two weeks or so.

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  6. #edtech is a great resource made even greater by the fact that the information never goes away for the most part. I heard Enid Baines from Carmel speak at the #C4 conference this past summer and so much that continually comes up on #edtech makes so much more sense.

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  7. I have been amazed by my own growth and transformation over the past few years. A few years ago I was afraid of social media, perhaps you feel this way right now. I only saw the negatives that came from it. I dealt with student issues all the time in my role as the dean that were created through social media posts. Then, a little blue bird came into my life. I made a decision to embrace social media so that I could give students an appropriate, positive role model for the use of social media. I took a risk and put myself and my school out there on social media. Over the past few years, I have learned the true power of connecting and learning through social media. I have been able to tell our school story on Facebook, Twitter (@SouthportMiddle), Instagram, through our 180 Days of Learning Blog, and most recently Pinterest. I have also had great personal growth while writing this blog (In The Middle Of It) and my twitter account (@principal_SMS). I have been able to connect with educators from all over the world. Twitter has taken my learning from the hallways of my school to the hallways of hundreds of schools all over the world. Twitter has become a learning tool that I cannot imagine living without at this point. Most recently, I have been working to connect educators in Perry Township by holding weekly Twitter Chats (#PerryChat). It has been amazing to see new connections made between different levels of teachers, new and old, elementary and high school, teachers and administrators as we have all been part of this weekly professional development.

    Here are links to all these social media I mentioned:
    In the Middle of It: Principal’s Blog: http://websites.msdpt.k12.in.us/bknight/
    @principal_SMS: https://twitter.com/principal_SMS
    180 Days of Learning Blog: http://websites.msdpt.k12.in.us/180days/
    @SouthportMiddle: https://twitter.com/SouthportMiddle
    Southport Middle Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SouthportMiddleSchool
    Southport Middle Instagram Page: https://instagram.com/southportmiddle/
    Southport Middle Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/southportm/
    #PerryChat Blog: http://websites.msdpt.k12.in.us/perrychat/

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  9. I use twitter all the time, @tomstoner24. I also like to use tweetdeck to watch the various hashtags I find vaulable. I have columns set up for #INelearn, #satchat, #satchatwc, #cpchat, #whatisschool, #nbtchat, #geniushour, #leadfromwithin, #edchat, #edtech, #nt2t, #tlap, #gafesummit, and others. I have over 25 columns on my tweetdeck of different chats I follow. Word of warning though if you have not tried tweetdeck and would like too, dont try to read every tweet in all of your columns, you will never get anything else done.

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  10. I mostly use twitter for my school @CarmelMiddleSch; however, I have a twitter account that one of these days I hope to use more frequently for a PLN. That account is @Lila_Jay. I really like #INeLearn and #edtech.

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  11. I presently use Facebook for 90% of my social networking. Twitter did not work well for me. I was constantly getting tweets and I felt I had to read or respond to all. I belong to four specific groups for education and enjoy the interaction of these groups.

    I notice from the previous comments most of the group use Twitter. Maybe if I used the site and was more specific of the groups I would join I would use it more often.

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  12. I am @counsjenn on Twitter. I do not use it as much as I could. I am learning from all of you and the book about more options and ways to make use of Twitter. I am also using Google more and would appreciate hearing how all of you use Google communities and Google docs. (Jenn.martin4@gmail.com).

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  13. I'm on Twitter @angynorthern but I admit, I lurk more than I post. There just isn't enough time in the day right now to do as much as I want.

    When I am in Twitter, I find the following groups to be beneficial:
    @INeLearn (Indiana Learning) - this one is great to keep up on technology PD being offered throughout the state. They also have an education/technology twitter chat every Thursday evening from 8-9.
    @21stCenturyTch - good educational articles. They don't tweet often, but they tweet quality.
    @edutopia - good articles and lots of free giveaways. (You might need an edutopia account to see the articles, but the account is free and worth setting up).
    @NMHS_Principal - tweets a lot of good technology articles/resources. He sometimes tweets location or what he is eating, but not too much time wasted. This one is worth following.
    @BookBub - if you have an ereader, this one may be for you. They tweet free/cheap ebooks daily. You can go to bookbub.com to sign up for a free account. You set the genre categories you want to see and they email you a list every day.

    I also follow many authors and publishing companies that probably wouldn't interest this group, but I love to hear about the new books coming out, books being made into movies and where to see authors in person as they tour with their new books. (I even had a twitter conversation with one of the authors the other day:)

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  15. After reading this chapter I finally jumped in and joined Twitter this week during my break. This is a big step for me and I’m sure I will be an owl. My handle is @JeanDowen. Still navigating and learning, but looks interesting so far. Thanks all for sharing your resources.

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  16. I use Facebook and Pinterest for most of my social media ventures. I am planning to explore Twitter next weekend when my social media savy children are home for a visit!

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  17. I currently do not use any social media sites. I guess I am hesitate due to negative experience in the past. The more I read this book, the more ideas I get for the library, my student book club, and my faculty book club. Who knows....maybe there's hope for me yet :-)

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  18. I have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, web page, and use Pinterest for professional and personal use (different accounts for personal, school, and our company). Sometimes, I go back into schools in the evenings just to take pictures of bulletin boards to post. I think teachers enjoy the attention as much as their students!
    As our corporation moves to add devices in the middle schools, I would like to see real time current events become the focus of much of our social studies lessons. There are many lessons that can be born from a major news story. We, as teachers, need to create adaptable lesson idea templates that can be pulled and used for geography, economics, history, psychology, and government discovery.

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  19. I use Facebook and Instagram but that is it! Occasionally I will get on Pinterest as someone else to look over things but unfortunately with a full time teaching position and three kids, I try to limit my social media time!

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  20. The analogy describing Twitter followers as Hawks, Crows, and Owls, but equally all birds, gives me permission to start on Twitter, as a wise, old Owl. I'm wondering if I will need a notepad to remember all the different groups. The "hashtag" part seems very confusing. I suppose if I don't jump in, I'll never swim. Surely, the best sentence of the chapter was the last, "Embrace social media to help propel innovation."

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  21. The analogy describing Twitter followers as Hawks, Crows, and Owls, but equally all birds, gives me permission to start on Twitter, as a wise, old Owl. I'm wondering if I will need a notepad to remember all the different groups. The "hashtag" part seems very confusing. I suppose if I don't jump in, I'll never swim. Surely, the best sentence of the chapter was the last, "Embrace social media to help propel innovation."

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  22. I just set up a Twitter account: @jcollicott10. I am a novice and will work to get more involved sites that have information on using technology in the classroom and especially Flipped Classrooms as I am interested in this topic. I think that I will be an Owl for a while at least until I can gain in confidence. Seems like a fun way to gain some new and interesting ideas! I am excited to figure out how to use Twitter. Fortunately, I have two teenage daughters and work with some very helpful younger teachers!

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  23. I am an owl when it comes to social media. My twitter account is @fmctagertt. I like to sit back and observe what is going on. I also have accounts on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. Some of my favorite Twitter feeds are @TechWicked, @AmericanClassroom, @JoeAFloyd, and @DiscoveryEd.

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  24. I am definitely an owl, gleaning what I can from all sorts of places. I recently watched a webinar on edweb.net by Shannon Holden from the New Teacher Help community entitled "10 Educators for New Teachers to follow on Twitter." This was a good starting point, and I found many more from visiting the 10-15 that he listed.

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  25. I have a Twitter account, but haven't logged in for months. I am going to explore it again. I suspect that I will be an "owl." When I first created my account, I gave up on it too soon because I wasn't sure what to do and felt it would be another thing that would zap my evening time (or my prep period) like Facebook, Pinterest, etc.

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  26. As I said, I am still considering the idea of twitter and it will certainly wait until at least 3 weeks from now when state testing is done for me as I simply don't have time to engage in something that would have the potential to become addicting for me. I am on pinterest and you just have to search my name and I do enjoy following other teacher boards on that one, though most of the time I am on it more than them and am finding new classroom boards to follow.

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  27. I set-up up a Twitter Account. My twitter account is @jcollicott10. I would like to take time this summer to follow some of the teacher topics that I am interested in. I do not see myself has a long term user just due to time constraints. I have a Pinterest and Facebook accounts that I access every month or so. I feel bad I do not have time to be more present on social media as I do agree that social media is a great way to connect with other teachers and get new ideas to try out in my classrooms. I think that I would probably use Pinterest more than Twitter just because I like the way Pinterest is organized. I will try it out this summer and see if I can be a regular user of social media!

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