When it comes to using technology for learning, Edtech educators always have the audacity to try new things out. Here are a few tips to be more adept in using technology as part of your daily life as an educator.
Start with your headshot
Your headshot on different social media sites says everything about you. It is no wonder that parents search (not stalk, but briefly search) for their children’s teachers on Facebook or Instagram. Obviously, you could use a pseudonym for your account, or you could just clean up your profile a bit. Look at your headshot. How do you look? Here are some signs that you need to change your profile picture:
You reveal too much skin.
You have props that are inappropriate for the public.
Things in your background are chaotic or unclean.
You’ve had too many glasses of wine. We all have our downtime, but you can use your social media outlets as an opportunity to create the image of all around professionalism, even if you are having a bad day.
Say things out loud even online.
You frequently assign projects that require students to use social media or the internet as a whole to spread a particular cause or idea. Encourage your students to use Thunderclap to disseminate their action point not only to your immediate community but even to other cities and states.
Thunderclap is a crowd speaking platform that helps a group of people saying something together to be heard by many. Your students will write a message, and once they reach a supporter goal, Thunderclap would send out posts to various social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. It’s similar to publishing online and interacting with people across the globe. Your students will have a real audience and can do something that inspires the world.
Manage multiple Twitter accounts using one Gmail address.
Like many educators and professionals, you could have at least three Twitter accounts: (1) your personal account, (2)your professional account, and (3) your account for classroom projects and announcements. Managing all three is a daunting task especially when you have to log in through different emails to access it. Here is a trick to make things easier.
Gmail does not read a period (.) as a character, but Twitter does. So, take the period (.), and put it anywhere in your email address before the at (at) sign. As you move the dot, you will have a different email add for Twitter, but log in only to a single address in Gmail.
Get your classroom announcements to students and parents even when you are not online.
Asking a student to make a post on Facebook announcing a change in the class schedule doesn’t exactly scream efficiency. And, it can be daunting to text each and every student and parent for a school event. There are different services that can help you reach as many people as possible with just one post. Hootsuite is a great example of a tool that allows you to schedule social media posts in advance.
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