Learning with Social Media

TxDHH Learning Bites 1/29/18

Learning Bites Purpose

Learning happens anytime we reflect on something we have experienced. That experience could be a formal professional development workshop we have participated in, or it could be a quote we heard or read, a video we watched, or book we read.


The TxDHH Learning Bites addresses a topic relevant to deaf educators by providing resources in various sized bites! Whether you have 1, 5, or 15 minutes, or you choose to dig much deeper, you will find resources to help make an impact on you and your students.


For more information, check out our Video!

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Why this topic?

Through the years, social media has gained not only popularity, but also credibility as a trusted source of information when gleaned appropriately. It is a platform where students are able to connect with experts on a topic, access the most current research and information, and communicate with others in a way that, in the past has been improbable, if not impossible. Check out the various bits of information in this Learning Bite to see how you can use Social Media to make learning even more successful and engaging. Don't forget to look at this for your own learning, not just for the learning of your students!

How will this work?

Below are four different learning opportunities on the weekly topic, each requiring a different level of time commitment and involving different types of materials. Think about how you prefer to learn and how much time you want to commit. Then choose one (or more) of the activities or articles below.


If you prefer a topic other than the weekly topic, we have included Mental Health Musings, Terp Topics, and Learning Tech Bytes for you to consider.


When you complete your PD, follow the directions at the bottom of the Learning Bites Smore to apply for your Continuing Professional Education credits.

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Just a Minute PD

Check out the sketchnote below. What does it mean to you? Think about what it says as you answer the reflection questions below.
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Prefer to Read a Blog?

Learning in Bursts: Microlearning with Social Media

"Informal microlearning occurs on multiple levels every day. With the significant integration of smartphone technology and the influence of social media, students have become accustomed to gathering and consuming information in bursts."


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140 Twitter Tips for Educators

Whatever questions you have about education or about how you can be even better at your job, you’ll find ideas, resources, and a vibrant network of professionals ready to help you on Twitter. In 140 Twitter Tips for Educators, #Satchat hosts and founders of Evolving Educators, Brad Currie, Billy Krakower, and Scott Rocco offer step-by-step instructions to help you master the basics of Twitter, build an online following, and become a Twitter rock star.


http://www.evolvingeducators.com/140-twitter-tips-for-educators.html

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Mental Health Musings

Often, while perusing social media, we see things that activate certain emotions. We then must choose how we proceed. Do we respond in public for the world to see? Do we ponder it quietly within ourselves? Being able to consider perspectives and opinions that we may or may not agree with, we give room to the ability to grow in our understanding of others.

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Ethical Question

Discuss this scenario in our voicethread link. You are interpreting for a student in an auto-mechanics class. When discussing various models of cars, the student spells V-u-l-v-a-s. How do you voice that?
VoiceThread

Click here to access the voicethread.

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Free Technology 4 Teachers

Google Slides is an excellent tool for classrooms! It gives the freedom of group collaboration without having to be in the same room or even on the same device. Google is constantly updating their platform and providing tools that make projects easier by the day. Check out this blog on some options for Google Slides that you may not have known existed!

10 Overlooked Google Slides Features

Click here to see the article

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What does this look like in action for me?

For any learning experience, our learning is equal to our effort. In order for us to grow from our learning, we need to take the time to pause and reflect. How does our new learning fit in to what we already know and do?


Each of you reading this has a different role, with different responsibilities. Think about what you learned today through the lens of your particular role, as well as your personal and professional learning needs. This is an important part of the learning process!


Take the time to think about a new idea you learned, a new approach you want to try, or a new skill you have acquired. Consider how to put your new insights, skills, and abilities to work! That's where the real learning happens.

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