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In a world full of opportunities to collaborate and connect with people anywhere in the world, it is a crime not to take full advantage of these opportunities as professionals. It is even a greater injustice not to provide avenues through social media for our students. However, for many educators, the key is getting comfortable first. Read this article about how teachers can use social media as PLCs, learn their way around, and then hopefully bring what they have learned into the classroom to provide more opportunities for students.


The field of social media is a burgeoning area of communication, and one that educators cannot ignore. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Diigo, GooglePlus – these platforms for communication are not going to go away; and while there is a great deal of negative media surrounding their use, they can be harnessed to create myriad possibilities for schools as learning communities. Current research only proves the dominance of Social Media as a modern communication medium: http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/social/


This is the first of a series of posts planned in the area of social media and schools as learning communities. It is too big a topic to cover adequately in one post, and the value of social media tools as resources for learning is too great not to be addressed.

This post will consider what the term ‘social media’ connotes, and ways in which it may be used to overcome…

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Purdue University’s “Hotseat” – Yet Another Indication that the Backchannel is Here to Stay

Purdue University has developed Hotseat, a social networking-powered mobile Web application that creates a collaborative classroom, allowing students to provide near real-time feedback during class and enables professors to adjust the course content and improve the learning experience. Students can post messages to Hotseat using their Facebook or Twitter accounts, sending text messages, or logging in to the Hotseat Web site.

Imagine the possibilities for your classroom or school district.

Learn more here:  http://www.itap.purdue.edu/studio/hotseat/

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