Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, it’s seems everyone, including your students, talk about ways the Internet let’s them stay in touch and see what others are doing. Since many of your students are already there, have you been curious if any of these tools might keep them engaged in your class? Do you ever wonder if there might be some time effective ways to communicate with their parents?  GoogleDocs, Adobe ConnectNow, iGoogle, Flicker, animoto, earth album, Teacher Tube, blogs, virtual labs and yes, even Facebook and Twitter can help you add dimension and interest to your class. Discover tips to use a variety of social media and online tools to help your students. You will also spend some time discussing ways to overcome resistance you might encounter in using these programs. For any teacher interested in social media, from beginners to advanced social networkers.

CEUs/ILUs: 1.6
Length (in hours): 16
Price in USD $145.00

One Month Course

Agenda

Unit 1

Social Media & Online Tools
The evolution of social media
A sampling of the tools 
Role of smartphones
Overcoming your fear

Unit 2

Enhancing Instruction
Tools to encourage student group work
Graphics, Videos & Virtual Labs
Tools to strengthen your collaboration with colleagues
Develop a web presence for you class


Unit 3

Communicating With Parents
Tools for regular updates
Online calendars
Virtual scrapbooks

Unit 4

Techno Resistance and Future Trends
What do you mean you aren’t on Facebook? The non-techno members of a web savvy generation.
The “wave” of the future
Overcoming district and parental resistance


Hear from our past students

My knowledge about existing technologies and how to use them has increased immensely during this class.
- Cara Good