Twitter Hashtags #

Yesterday, in our Wednesday afternoon Tech Training, we discussed Twitter and its uses as a PLN (Professional Learning Network).  One thing that I wanted to share with everyone is some hashtag(#)  resources that you can search to find good educational people to network with and follow on Twitter.

Check out this link for Popular Twitter Hashtags from November Learning, an EXCELLENT resource!

As many of you know, Cybrary Man is potentially the best educational resource out there. If you haven’t visited this site, it is an absolute must!  He has a great list of educational hashtags on his page to help you find applicable groups on Twitter.

If you want a simple list, this one is great!  Teach Thought is a great resource for educators, and their educational hashtag page is simple and categorized!

Classroom Communication

Edublogs is a great service to use for student and parent communication.  Clyde Elementary and Intermediate teachers have grade level blogs for communication with parents. They subscribe via email for updates on information and assignments.  Junior High and HS teachers have parents as well as students subscribe to their blogs for information updates.  Organizations and extra curricular activity blogs (Theater and Athletics) at Clyde CISD have blogs where everyone from the newspaper, community and extended community have subscribed to receive updates and information on game changes, rehearsal times, meetings etc..  
Remind 101 is a free service for teachers to communicate with parents and/or students via text messaging.  Teachers create groups/classes to quickly deliver information in a text.  Students and parents are given a code to subscribe and no one has to ever exchange phone numbers.
QR codes are an efficient way for people to get information via a mobile device.  QR codes eliminate the need to type in the long url to visit a website, and allows to scan the QR code (with a QR code reading app) and  go directly to the website from any device.
Twitter remains my favorite place to grow my professional learning community. (That opinion might change tomorrow.)  By creating a community of people that share information relevant and necessary to my needs, I save time and always have the latest and best information delivered straight to me instead of searching for hours to find one decent  resource.

Curating iPad Apps and Resources

Today, our elementary teachers will be having a Pinterest party and will spend time finding apps for their new class iPads!  How exciting! To help in their app discovery and venture, I have put together a few resources for them. I hope it helps!

To begin with, Livebinders is a great resource for technology tools and ideas.  It has it’s own app too! Livebinders is taking the idea of binders (that teachers have used for years) and digitizing them! It is similar to Pinterest in how you can search and find other people’s binders and add them to your shelf.  Even if you do not want to create a LiveBinders account of your own, it is an EXCELLENT place to begin searching for web resources for your classroom!!  Below is a shelf that I have created for Elementary iPad resources.

 

Pinterest is a great place to find ANYTHING! Like Livebinders, it is a GREAT stop for teachers to begin to curate the web for fun and engaging lessons! It is especially a great place for to find apps for a particular grade level or subject area.  I encourage you to create a Pinterest account if you do not have one.  If you need my help, please let me know, and I can get you started.  You will need someone to invite you to Pinterest, otherwise, it will take you a while to get an account.  Once you have an account, creating a board for your apps is a great way to organize and keep track of the great ideas you will find on Pinterest!

 Pinterest Elementary iPad Resources

At this point, I have a Pinterest Board that I use to organize app info and ideas that I come across on the internet and on Pinterest.  It will vary from subject and campus.

My Apps for the Classroom Pinterest Board

iPad Apps for School is an EXCELLENT blog by Richard Byrne!  He is the also the author of Free Technology For Teachers.  I would highly recommend subscribing to both blogs!

iPad Apps for School

TCEA’s list of iPad Apps and Resources