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Updated by Bethany Crain on Jun 04, 2015
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Technology Trends in Education

50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

This article shares information about how teachers can use social media to differentiate instruction. It shares links to several different resources that can be used. It also points to and explains the role that each resource can fill during instruction.

Using Instagram For Social Learning

This resource shares 7 ways that teachers can use Instagram in their classroom, connecting the learning process with student interest. Instagram is a great tool for showcasing student work.

Social Media in Education: Pros and Cons

This article shares some pros and cons related to using social media in the classroom. This particular article looks at higher education, but I feel that some of the uses of social media it discusses could be translated and adapted to work in elementary grades. It provides statistics (that are older) that show the percentages of universities that are using specific social medias and how each one can be used to benefit the school and classroom.

A Balanced Approach To Social Media For Teachers

This blog entry, shared by TeachThought, provides a teachers thoughts about how to step outside our comfort zones into the world of technology and social media to enhance our students' learning experience. She share four simple tips to help teachers benefit from the use of social media instead of feeling overwhelmed by trying to do it all.

The Best Ways to Use Google In the Classroom

This resource shares lots of different ways to use Google in the classroom. It discusses ways to use Google to organize work and to communicate with others and get ideas out there. It also points out the accessability of Google and how it can be used to locate almost anything that students could need.

Students Want Social Media in Schools

This graphic shows the results from a survey done by the ASCD regarding the use of social media in the classroom. It shares statistics of their digitial footprint as well as what students want to see in their classes. It also shows statistics from schools which state hesitations schools have to using social media and other online tools.

Google Classroom (Products on EdSurge)

Thies resource gives an overview of Google classroom. It shares the basic structure of using Google classroom and how it works. There is also a short video that shows the basics of starting a Google classroom.

Google Classroom - Google+

Ten things that teachers need to know about students and digital learning. This graphic shares ways that students are using online tools and devices in their learning.

Google for Education: Google Classroom: Basics

On this website, Google has put together 8 lessons for teachers who are new to Google Classroom. The lessons include instruction in setting up the classroom, adding content, managing, as well as what it looks like for the student.

The Perfect Match: Common Core and the Flipped Classroom - Pearson Research & Innovation Network

This resource looks at how flipped learning can be alligned with Common Core Standards. Teachers who use lecture style instruction generally don't have time to move past basic skill and concept learning into the deeper extended thinking. The Flipped Classroom allows teachers to address the skills and concepts without using valuable class time.

Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes

This article addresses how to flip the classes that don't seem to work with the flipped classroom model. This was especially beneficial because it talks about how to flip an elementary classroom in a way that benefits the students. In the video, John Bermann and Aaron Samms talk about how flipping can be benefical for everyone to some extent.

The Teacher's Guide To Flipped Classrooms

This website offers a complete guide for teachers who are new to the Flipped Classroom. It lists the benefits associated with flipping the classroom, both for students and for teachers.