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Social Media Can Be Your Ally

Social media: Social media apps help students and teachers connect inside and outside the classroom. Apps include Remind, Twitter, and Instagram and blogging.

Social Media in Education: Resource Toolkit

Social Media; This link contains a vast collection of resources for teachers wanting to use social media. Resources include blogs, articles, and videos. Resources address educator professional development, communication with parents and a wider community, and student engagement.

Tweeting the Read-Aloud: Engaging and Motivating Readers

Social Media; Twitter; This article suggest using Twitter to communicate with authors, to give students opportunities to write for a real-world audience, and to motivate students to write about books.

A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

Social Media; This article argues that social media in the classroom does NOT open our students to a dangerous world; rather it provides kids with opportunities to appropriately use social media in our world. The article also suggests ways to authentically use social media in the classroom.

Tweet Learning

Social Media; Twitter; This article suggests ways to use Twitter in the classroom to innovate (make changes to) classroom practices.

Personalizing Instruction With 1-to-1 and Blended Learning -- THE Journal

Blended Learning: This article discussed the importance of developing a vision and framework for blended learning before implementing 1:1 or BYOD. The article also discussed how using data can help teachers make more efficient decisions about how to personalize instruction for students.

Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students

Social Media; This article explains three benefits of using social media in an elementary classroom. Benefits include extending the classroom to include resources outside the physical space of the school; creating meaningful connections with students and people outside their physical school community; and giving students opportunities to develop their voices.

100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media In the Classroom - OnlineUniversities.com

Social Media: This article lists ways teachers and students can use social media in K-12 classrooms, how teachers and students can use social media as a means to communicate, ways to use social media for class projects, and how social media can prepare students for employment.

The Teacher's Guide To Twitter | Edudemic

Social Media; Twitter; This is a comprehensive guide to using Twitter in the classroom. It discusses the benefits, explains education related hashtags, and suggests ways to use as a part of learning and as a research tool. Twitter etiquette is also explained.

Disadvantaged Students in Georgia District Get Home Internet Service -- THE Journal

Digital Divide; This article explains how a school district in Georgia is providing filtered mobile broadband service to students who do not have internet access at home. The district has partnered with a wireless service provider to make this possible.

Comcast Offers Six Months of Free Internet Service for Low-Income Families in Atlanta -- THE Journal

Digital Divide; This article describes how Comcast is offering up to six months of free Internet service to qualifying families in Atlanta as part of its Internet Essentials program. The company is also donating free laptops to a school and offering discounted internet services and laptops. Their goal is to bridge the digital divide.

Is Your School #FutureReady?

Digital Divide; This article discusses two initiatives that have the goal of helping schools nationwide get up to speed when it comes to Internet access and equity. These initiatives include a proposal for monetary support from the federal government and a pledge (#FutureReady) by a group of administrators and leaders to develop strategic plans for connectivity.

Bridging the New Digital Divide

Digital Divide; This article discusses a broader definition of the digital divide. This includes having tech savvy teachers and professionals at schools, having funds to purchase technology; and having parents who can support students' technology use at home.

5 misconceptions about blended learning

Blended Learnig; This article defines blended learning by dispelling misconceptions. It does NOT mean that students and teachers never physically meet. It does NOT mean that students and teachers only interact and connect online. It does NOT mean that teachers are going to be replaced. It does NOT mean that students watch videos all day. And it does NOT mean that the lessons are easier than traditional textbook lessons