Teachers can take control of their own professional development in various ways, educator and consultant Monica Burns writes. In this blog post, she shares nine ideas, including connecting with fellow educators on Twitter.
Collaboration is the key to being a connected educator, writes veteran teacher Tom Whitby. In this blog post, Whitby writes that connected educators are more than teachers -- they are learners. "The real commonality of connected educators is their use of technology to collaborate in the pursuit of lifelong learning," he notes.
It can be challenging for teachers to integrate social media into lessons, writes Edutopia contributor Matt Davis. In this blog post, Davis has compiled a set of guides to help teachers navigate Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. The guide to using Pinterest includes ideas for getting started and pinning, plus tips for uses in classroom lessons.
Pinterest is becoming a go-to resource for teachers -- where more than 500,000 education-related items are posted each day and educators can share teaching ideas, suggests Kendra Cameron Jarvis, a middle-school instructional coach. In this blog post, she writes about the increasingly popular social-media site and includes links to some top K-12 resources. Cindy Dearman, a sixth-grade math teacher in Asheville, N.C., said Pinterest "allows me to enter the classrooms of teachers all over the nation."
One of the responsibilities of educators is to teach students to be digital citizens, writes Andrew Miller, an educational consultant and online educator. In this blog post, he writes that project-based learning is a "great way to target this objective in an engaging and authentic way." Miller suggests methods to teach students about digital citizenship, and recommends teachers create an authentic audience for projects and target content-area standards.