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Pump Up Your PLN with Twitter!
Build your Professional Learning Network (PLN) and become a more connected educator with the tips and tools found in our archived Twitter chat. Plus, learn to use a Twitter search tool to discover educational hashtags and how to use Twitter hashtags to create real-time chat rooms.
This archived Twitter chat shares tips and ideas about how to become a more connected educator. View the chat, tips, and tools suggested. Find other educators to connect with to discuss educational trends! Share this chat with your fellow colleagues.
Create a real-time chat room using a twitter hashtag. To begin, sign in with your Twitter account, then click "Create own room" to begin. Next, enter the time and schedule for the chat. Tweets will then appear in the room from all participants.
Check out this chat schedule for educational hashtags on Twitter! Find chats about everything from leadership to chemistry, ed tech coaches, 4th grade teachers, and more. Not free during the chat time? You can always catch up on the tweets later.
Communities for Connection & Collaboration
Learn about three powerful communities to connect with other educators. The Microsoft Educator Community is a must-see. There is also a community dedicated to social studies and history educators. And don't miss Learning Front for social, professional learning.
Find all kinds of Microsoft-themed lessons, collaborate with fellow teachers and earn badges (even certificates!) through the free training courses. Register for virtual field trips from across the globe by using Skype in the Classroom.
Navigate through this social networking site for social studies and history teachers. Create an account to begin using features on the site (email and password required). Create and save your own albums. Find primary source sets and political cartoons!
Skim through this free online community of tools for social, professional learning. Connect and collaborate with individuals or teams. Find lessons to support your subject area. Find colleagues in your area of expertise. Download the FREE resources!
Powerful Connection Tools
Time to build up your PLN with our recommended tech tools! Plus, combine the power of clipboards and pins along with our classroom usage ideas to further collaborate, organize ideas, and connect.
View this archived session to boost your PLN power! Explore three online tools for building your PLN. Identify keywords and/or educators to incorporate into the use of each tool. Distinguish between three types of online professional learning tools.
Learn tips and ideas to make Pinterest a powerful learning tool. Divided into eight sections this handbook discusses the basics of pinning, organizing, collaborating, and more--specifically for educators. Add this guide to your teacher tech toolbox!
Take the best of Pinterest and Learnist and you have EduClipper! This tool allows you to create classes. You can make your clipboards public or private. Post videos, documents, links, or upload files. Browse the existing clipboards for ideas.
This Week at TeachersFirst
On Tuesday at 7 pm ET, join our OK2Ask workshop to learn about Sway for reading. Our bi-monthly Twitter chat will be Thursday 8 pm ET #OK2Ask. The topic this week is Engage, Enhance, Extend: Creating Authentic Lessons. And don't miss our weekly poll related to being a connected educator.
Tuesday (10/16) 7-9 pm ET
Join our free virtual workshop this Tuesday (10/16) from 7-9 pm ET to guide comprehension through the use of research-based strategies using Microsoft Sway. Registration for this workshop, and all other OK2Ask Fall 2018 sessions, is open!
Implement a blended learning approach with Sway »
Thursday (10/18) 8 pm ET
Come explore the main components of the Triple E Framework and discuss ways to successfully integrate technology into lessons with our K12 team during our upcoming Twitter chat! Share resources to leverage authentic engagement in the classroom.
Join us using our #OK2Ask hashtag »
How do you stay connected with other educators? Do you prefer face to face contact at trainings or conventions? Maybe you rely on social media or other technology? Share your thoughts on our weekly poll.
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