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“The first step is to communicate via social media… and then we can start talking about using these new tools as a platform for education.” – Social Media Schools.com
The connection between learning and technology is nothing new. Public radio has been a source of education for citizens of the U.S. for decades (think NPR). The television significantly revolutionized the way American children learned in their early developmental years (Sesame Street anyone?). Texas Instruments’ graphing calculators greatly impacted the way math and science teachers taught important math-based lessons. Computers…well, computers do everything it seems.
If we’re using history as a gauge, it’s safe to say social media – the hot new technology development of the decade – will benefit American learning, too. In fact, there are plenty of educators and education-based institutions and organizations already realizing the benefits of going social.
Among them is Eric Sheninger, principal of New Milford High School in New Jersey. Eric can be found on Twitter @NMHS_Principal. If you’re on Twitter (or join today) and begin following him, you’ll join the 13,000-plus others who’ve already done so. A sample of some of his recent Tweets show that he’s found some interesting education-focused blogs and he’s connected with fellow educators around the country to share technology tips.
In sharing why he has made Twitter such an important aspect of his education career, Sheninger said the social networking site was, “the most powerful learning tool that I’ve ever experienced in my education career."
We've been searching for a way to say Thank You, and more!
I teach. I am is our new public campaign created to thank, celebrate, and empower our teachers. But what does it mean? And, is it possible for those (few) words to have any impact at all in the real world of urban education?
I will answer my own questions in reverse order.
I teach. I am is a platform for Teacher Voice, the beginning of a powerful conversation with teachers about teaching effectiveness. As we all know, the State has recently raised…