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Celebrate Social Media

Social Media Day

Happy Social Media Day!!!

Mashable, the global digital media website, initiated Social Media Day in 2010 as a way to recognize and celebrate social media’s impact on global communication.

The advent of social media networks in the late 1990s and early 2000s presented both challenges and opportunities for educators and school administrators. As more students obtained smartphones and other mobile devices many school districts developed rules limiting their use in the classroom. Gradually, educators began embracing the new technology and discovered positive applications of social networking. Social media’s impact on communication in education is certainly something to be celebrated.

Lisa Nielsen, a director of digital engagement and professional learning, and the author of the blog, The Innovative Educator, provides a wealth of ideas for connecting through social networks. Her June 15, 2015, post offers “4 Tools to Stay Connected with Families This Summer” and provides a link to her June 16 webinar, “Social Media and Cell Phones–Today’s Tools to Connect with Families This Summer.”

How do you use social media to connect with students, parents, and faculty? How will you stay in touch with them this summer? Tweet us using #ProQuest or comment below.


Join the Digital Learning Day Conversation on Feb. 17th 2016!

2016 is the fifth year since the inception of Digital Learning Day. This is a day to enhance the way students learn through technology. It’s a day to celebrate computers, apps, digital tools, devices, and the ways they’ve transformed education. The more comfortable students are with technology, the better prepared they will be for the future. This is also a day to have fun and learn something new. There are multiple ways you can join the digital learning day conversation. Bring ed-tech to your classroom or library and share the digital fun with everyone. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  1. Get on social media: 

    Twitter is an online social network perfect for spreading the Digital Learning Day message and sharing the ways you and your students are getting involved. @OfficialDLDay is the official Digital Learning Day Twitter account page and using the hashtag #DLDay will keep you connected with the latest postings.

  2. Visit the #EdTech Perspectives blog:

    The #EdTech Perspectives blog is located on the Digital Learning Day website. It is a curated blog and lists its contributors with their latest posts. Check out some of the archived posts and learn how Digital Learning Day is impacting educators, students and schools.

  3. Share online resources:

    The online resources page at the Digital Learning Day website provides a sampling of free digital tools that can benefit all types of learners. While there are many more ed-tech resources available online, this compilation is a good place to start.

  4. Try a new education app with your students:

    With an endless array of education apps to choose from, educators may become overwhelmed by which ones are the best ones for them. Helpful lists like the one at Shake Up Learning categorize some of the Google Chrome compatible options. The Digital Learning Day website contains a small list of apps that both students and educators may find useful. DailyGenius contains a list of the “best education apps for connected classrooms.”

How will you join the Digital Learning Day conversation? Let us know in the comments below or Tweet us at #ProQuest.

Infographic: Social Media in Schools

Infographic. Social Media in Schools

Social Media in the Classroom. Yea or Nay?

Social media use continues to grow. According to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey, 74 percent of Internet-connected adults use social media sites. A 2015 Pew Survey found that 76 percent of teenagers ages 13 to 17 use social media, with 71 percent using more than one social media site. In schools, social media use has been slowly making inroads, thanks in large part to librarians.

Social media has become one of the greatest educational tools of all time, and yet, it goes untaught. Why? Fear of the unknown? Lack of value? The time is now for education to instead embrace this form of learning and begin, even in small ways, embedding social media lessons in all classrooms.

Don Goble, Multimedia Instructor

Social media use in schools, however, has been controversial. Some educators argue that social media literacy is essential in the twenty-first century. Others argue that social networking sites distract students and further tether them to technology. Students are contributing to the debate as well. In the April 22, 2015, issue of Education Week, high school student Katie Benmar argues that teachers should use social media to enhance learning and engage students.

I hope that educators will consider experimenting more with technology and social media in their classrooms in a way that will be intellectually challenging to students. Believe me, your students will appreciate it, even if not every attempt is successful.

–Katie Benmar, High School Student

Educators and students who want to use social media in the classroom face another obstacle: Internet filtering. According to a 2012 American Association of School Librarians survey, Internet filtering blocks social media sites 88 percent of the time, which severely limits educators’ options. Additionally, educators who request approval to bypass Internet filtering have to endure lengthy wait-times.

The main reason I’d like to try to avoid social media use is a moral one. Kids today are addicted to technology; school can, and should, remain the one safe haven where they can unplug and just be present. Do we really want to give them another reason to be ‘connected?’

–Gail Leicht, Eighth-Grade Language Arts Teacher

Overall, however, social media use in schools is increasing. How quickly will social media be integrated into the classroom? Will the disparate use of social media in schools contribute to the digital divide? Answers to these questions remain to be seen.

Do you think social networking sites have a place in schools? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @ProQuest or in the comments below.

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SIRS Leading Issue: Web 2.0
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6 Helpful Resources for the Educator Twitter Newbie


Me: A Twitter Newbie

Twitter serves as one of the best places to stay connected to educators because educators dominate the Twitter-sphere. But as I learned this summer at the 2nd Annual FAME Unconference, many educators are just like me–they are new to the Twitter world and want to learn how to tap into its professional development goodness for the sake of connection, community and learning.

During my recent adventures in Twitter, I have come across some super helpful tools and sites that have enabled me organize and focus. So from one Twitter newbie to another, I offer you these resources to make your Twitter life easier:

1. The SkittleFall: Sparky Teaching provides the cutest and most useful information on the basics of Twitter.

2. Kathy Schrock’s Twitter for Teachers: For a 101 on all things Twitter in education, this site is awesome. One of my favorite cheat sheets I accessed from this site: Dr. Kimberly Tyson’s Cheet Sheet for Educators. In this helpful reference sheet, Tyson offers Twitter basics, key terms and hashtags for education.

3. Hootsuite: After you set up your Twitter world and are following many people, this tool helps prevent Twitter overload. Hootsuite is where I organize and focus my Twitter learning and interaction through tabs where I follow particular people, lists and #hashtags. #edchat and #tlchat are two of my favorite #hashtags.

4. Buffer: Like you, my time is limited for social media. That’s why I love Buffer. I use Buffer to schedule my posts throughout the day so my feed has activity even after I have moved on to other tasks.

5. SumAll: How am I doing? SumAll answers this question with weekly statistics about my Twitter activity. Also, it thanks those who retweet my posts on my behalf–a neat bonus.

6. ManageFlitter: If you are like me, you start Twitter a bit overeager and follow way too many people from just about anywhere. I use ManageFlitter and its helpful organizational tools to assist with following those who focus solely on education. Quality is better than quantity.

If you are an educator Twitter newbie, I encourage you to start small and build from there. Twitter is a useful way to gain feedback from other educators on best practices, lesson plans and to build connections with teachers, librarians or even an editor like me. And you never know, you just might find your educational soulmate.

You can find me on Twitter as Christie_Editor.

Socialize Your Research

Social Media Share Screencap via ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

Social Media Share Screencap via ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

Find content you’d like to share or organize? Go to the top of any article, website, or graphic in SIRS Issues Researcher and click on the share feature. Have students compile persuasive arguments in Evernote, share an interactive website with colleagues on Twitter, showcase primary source content on Pinterest, or create a bibliography of sources in Diigo. The possibilities are endless to socialize and organize the research experience. SIRS Issues Researcher makes integrating technology in classroom easier than ever! Our editors select only the most relevant and reliable content on major Leading Issues in today’s world, so you can feel at ease to share as often as you’d like.