CF EdTech Newsletter
Trending EdTech News for the Month of June 2015
Summer Professional Development Offered Online by North Tier
- Registration starts on June 1, 2015. Courses fill fast, so register early. Register at North TIER Registration (My Learning Plan). If you are new to North TIER, you will create a user name and password as you enroll. Never registered before? Check out how: https://sites.google.com/site/northtier2012/how-to-register
- Courses (check out the catalog) are entirely online and most run from June 22 until August 9, 2015. The new 3 week (and orientation)administrator/school leader courses run from June 22 until July 20.
- Courses run for 6 weeks, plus an orientation week and are 30 hours of work; or 3 weeks, plus an orientation week, and are 15 hours of work. The optional Graduate Credit from Colorado State requires an additional graduate-level reflection paper.
- $50 per course (30 hours/points); $25 per course (15 hours/points)
- The ETLO Moodle site hosts North TIER courses.
- If you are interested in the graduate credit option, please register and pay for the course. During the first week of the course, we will send you information on how to register and make payment for graduate credit. Most courses are $140 extra per course for 2 graduate credits; 3-week courses are $70 extra per course for 1 graduate credit from Colorado State University
For further information, see our website, at http://www.northtier.org
The Awesomeness of Twitter in Education
Twitter to Connect Content to Real Life
One of the most powerful uses for twitter in education is the ability to follow other educators and professionals that are relevant to your subject matter. Then have students follow you and you can retweet a professional tweet of article/blog/thought that you went over in class. This makes the content more real for them in their everyday lives.
Twitter as a Motivator
Another use of Twitter is too use it as a motivator. You can tweet out pictures, quotes, and helpful tips for struggling students to stay on task. All you need to do is have students follow you, and your tweets will end up on their twitter feed. This is a great way to go a little deeper into twitter than just tweeting homework assignments.
Twitter Chats for your Professional Development
Educational Twitter chats take place when a group of educators "meet" on twitter at an agreed upon time, using an agreed upon hashtag, to discuss topics of interest in education. The word from educators in the trenches is that these chats are making a profound difference in how educators are improving their professional practice, providing ideas, resources and inspiration in ways never thought possible. Click here to find a twitter chat to try from thejournal.com.
Getting Started on Twitter
There is no better time to start a twitter account than in the summer. You can start by following other educators and professionals within your subject area. Then retweet important information that will be helpful to you and your students for next fall. Click here for a Teacher's Guide to Twitter.
Colonial Forge Teachers using Twitter
CF Writing Center: @cfwritingcenter
Mrs. Diamantopoulos: @MrsDEarthSci
Mr. Stauffer: @CoachMrStauffer
Mrs. Fleming: @CForgeFleming
Mrs. Kennedy: @MrsKennedycr
CFHS Yearbook: @ForgeYearbook
CF Learn And Serve: @learnservecf
Mrs. Nelson: @CForgeNelson
Mrs. Swayze: @JulieSwayze
Mr. Henry: @MrHenryDC
CF Athletics: @ForgeAthletics
Mrs. VanHusen: @CFtech1
End of Year Technology Reminder
It is also time to clean up your School Fusion Pages. Archive all active pages that you will be using next year. Delete any pages that you have not used in two years and/or know you will not need again. If you have any questions about archiving or deleting Fusion pages see you iTRT or refer to your End of the Year Check out email.