In this blog post, educator Lisa Michelle Dabbs suggests fellow educators take time over the summer to think about the ways social media could be used to support professional growth. Among the suggestions she offers are to find a mentor, pick one social media tool and master it, seek free, online professional-development opportunities and collaborate and share resources.
Massachusetts middle-school English language arts teacher Hassan Mansaray shares ideas he has used to reach students at all literacy levels. In this blog post, Mansaray suggests using pre-reading and pre-writing exercises, and offers some sample lessons for one-on-one instruction and group assignments.
As the iPad grows more popular, there may be a tendency to place it on a pedestal and create iPad-centric classrooms, offers Nikolaos Chatzopoulos, a fourth-grade teacher in Florida. In this blog post, he suggests that educators ask why to use the iPad in the classroom -- rather than only how to use it. In his own school, Chatzopoulos writes that when using this approach, educators stopped searching for the perfect mobile application and began focusing on more meaningful ways to use iPads to improve teaching and learning.
The Ann Arbor, Mich., school district has posted a survey on its website in which it polls the public on the qualities it would like to see in the district's next superintendent. The survey, which is expected to remain online through June 14, asks respondents to identify themselves and their relationship to the district, as well as select 10 characteristics from a list of 33 traits they consider priorities in the next hire.
This blog post by digital media curator Amy Erin Borovoy features a collection of videos expressing gratitude for and recognizing teachers who have helped guide and inspire their students. As part of Edutopia's campaign to recognize educators every day in the month of May, Borovoy also lists several online resources -- such as the website Thanks for Teaching Us -- that allow users the opportunity to thank educators in a public way.