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Twitter

I am so excited about my district’s venture into the land of Twitter! Last week at our Olympian Conference Joint Inservice the entire Mishicot staff joined Twitter.  Check out our tweets here.  I truly believe Twitter is one of the easiest ways for on-demand professional development.  So, as many of my staff are just beginning to use Twitter I wanted to share some resources, tips, and tricks.

1. What really is Twitter?  Check out this video that describes Twitter in Plain English

2. Create your bio.  This can be done in the settings. It will help you to gain follower and expand your network.  It doesn’t have to be long, just a few key words to describe you.

3.  Use hashtags.  By using hashtags you can categorize your tweets or search for relevant topics.  Check out this short article about “What are Hashtags?” I would even consider starting your own classroom hashtag.  We have also adopted #mishicot to use – remember you can have more than one hashtag.

4. Expand your network.  Look at who your colleagues or friends are following and begin following people with like interests as you.  This is where your profile comes in handy! Twitter will also suggest people for you to follow, this will also help you expand your PLN (professional learning network).

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Edmodo

Edmodo is a secure, interactive, education-based, social networking website that provides an online component to the classroom.  Teachers have the opportunity to seek online communication and collaboration opportunities with students and other educators have another free resource at their disposal.

Teachers and students can post classroom materials, share links and videos.  Students can comment and post assignments on the site as well. I definitely think it is one worth checking out!