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March 20, 2014

Using Hip-Hop as an Educational Tool

In 2010 associate professor Christopher Emdin started a weekly Twitter chat called #HipHopEd to discuss the intersection of hip-hop and education. It has become an international education movement.

March 11, 2014

When Teachers Read Mean Tweets by Their Students

Students at Los Alamitos High School, in Calif., rounded up their teachers this month and had them read mean tweets about themselves as part of a TV production project.

January 28, 2014

Blogging to Become a Better Teacher

A blogging educator says that keeping a blog can help teachers reflect, discuss methods that work best and ones that need improvement, and vent their stress and anxiety.

October 31, 2013

Teacher App Watch: Texting Students Without the 'Creepiness'

A new tech tool, backed by $3.5 million in financing, is designed to let teachers communicate efficiently with their students outside of class without having to resort to social-media or text-message appeals that might come off as "creepy."

July 25, 2013

Are There Too Few Teachers on Twitter?

An educator charges that teachers who are active on Twitter and other social-media outlets are better informed and quicker to assimilate new ideas than are their less connected peers.

May 28, 2013

Portrait of a Teen Tech User

An article examining a pretty typical-sounding 14 year-old girl's relationship with technology makes useful reading for middle and high school school teachers.

January 22, 2013

Teacher: Stop Saying 'Digital Natives'

Teacher Bill Ferriter argues that the use of terms "digital natives" and "digital immigrants" has "done more harm than good" in education.

November 06, 2012

Tweeting the Election With Students

In a post on Edutopia, New Jersey high school teachers Jonathan Olson and Sarah Gross review the success they've had in creating Twitter dialogues for students and teachers (and parents) throughout the presidential campaign.

August 14, 2012

Is Connected Educator Month an 'Echo Chamber'?

On the new Smartblog on Education, Tom Whitby, contributing editor and former a high school English teacher, highlights a potential glitch with the Connected Educator Month idea: Almost by definition, most of the teachers who are aware of it are already, well, connected educators.

August 02, 2012

Educators Making Summer Connections

The U.S. Department of Education has declared that August is Connected Educator Month, a "celebration," as the website says, that is part of the Office of Educational Technology's Connected Educators initiative to support online professional learning. During the next four weeks, the department will ...

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