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.
As more schools integrate iPads into classroom lessons, educators are being faced with more decisions regarding student choice. In this commentary, Don Orth writes about the need for connected classrooms to be redesigned to allow students to make important choices, for technology tools to expand teaching and learning, and to transform learning from the traditional model.
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."
Summer break is a great time for teachers to use Twitter to get connected, writes Elana Leoni, director of social media strategy and marketing at Edutopia. She suggests in this blog post that educators use the microblogging website to join a chat, follow other connected educators, re-tweet posts, have fun and connect with one educator per week.
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.