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iLearn Technology: Top 10 Technology Tips for New Teachers

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iLearn TechnologyA quick excerpt from an incredible post by Kelly Tenkely at her edublog iLearn Technology. My only suggestion… reword the title to read “Top 10 Tips for Teachers New to Technology.” (There’s plenty of OLD teachers out there that could sure use this list…)

Being a first year teacher can be overwhelming to say the least. There is new curriculum to learn, unfamiliar school policies, classroom management challenges, and new teammates. Technology can help to ease some of these first year growing pains.

1. Develop a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter.
Twitter is an excellent place for new teachers to connect, collaborate, share ideas, and struggles with educators around the world. When joining Twitter, make sure to fill out your profile with information related to education. This will help others in education find you. Visit http://twitter.com to create an account. Visit http://twitter4teachers.pbworks.com to find other educators that teach in the same content area(s). Be sure to add your Twitter name to the appropriate list so that other educators can find you.

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Tech & Education: How can Twitter make me a better teacher?

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Twitter Home PageThere’s no doubt you’ve heard about Twitter… The President uses it. So does Ashton Kutcher. Oprah even dedicated an entire show to it. But do you really know what it is? Do you really know all that it can do?

To those that have never used the service, Twitter is a collection of meaningless personal posts that chronicle the activities of everyday people as they “eat french fries at McDonald’s” or “head to the salon for a haircut”. To those that have used it a little, Twitter is a interesting way to “follow” friends or interesting celebrities and find out what they’re doing in a 140 characters or less. To those that use it a lot, Twitter is the fastest source for the latest news (even faster than CNN), the best way to find hot deals at stores and restaurants, the most reliable recommendation engine for goods and services, and more.

But what about education?… How can Twitter make me a better teacher?

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How-to: Getting Started with Twitter

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TwitterTwitter, according to Wikipedia, is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications. While the service costs nothing to use, accessing it through SMS may incur phone service provider fees.

Sign up for an account:

  • Go to Twitter.com
  • Click “Sign up now”
  • Enter your “Full Name” (Note: Your name will be displayed on your page so if you would like to remain anonymous, do not use your real name.)
  • Enter a “Username” (Note: Your username can only include letters, numbers and the underscore symbol “_”. It will be used in your personal URL to access your Twitter “feed”. For example, “www.twitter.com/username”. Many names will be taken so try different options.)
  • Enter a “Password” (Note: While your password should be memorable, make sure it rates in the “Strong” category at the least.)
  • Enter the security terms (Note: This is there to prevent programmed machines from signing up for multiple accounts.)
  • Click “Create My Account”

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