Tech Tuesday! February 2nd

Jury Duty Edition! (don't let this be my Groundhog Day!!)

Twitter Hashtag - We need 1 for all things Colls

So we have #CHS/CMS/CPSonegoodthing for sharing positive moments.

We had #CHSGr8ful for showing appreciation during the holiday season (and beyond)

#CPSTlap has been great for our first book club

#Collstech has been a repository for tech tips

NOW - we need a general hashtag for sharing anything we see on Twitter with our community of educators. Sometimes you find something and the above hashtags just don't work. Keeping in mind that every character on Twitter counts, see the Tweet I sent this morning and vote for your favorite. It will be up for a week. It looks like the picture below...

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My first foray into filmmaking

So Brene Brown tells us to be vulnerable - here goes nothing. I was fortunate enough to visit Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia Friday and through the weekend for Educon (separate post about all the awesomeness experienced there). I went to a workshop on Friday called "filmaking for teachers" It was run by some of the students - I definitely have a new-found appreciation for the work that all of our creative arts teachers do as well as the time and effort of our TV/Production students. I've had some great conversations recently with colleagues over whether or not creativity is innate or not. Clearly there are creative people but they need to work at it relentlessly. All of us, however, should encourage creativity and I learned a great deal about what attracts people visually and how those lessons could transfer to teaching students or faculty.

With that said - check out our 1 minute movie - our premise was that teachers live at school and when the kids go home, the teachers play around. We went from an idea, storyboardin, filming and editing in about 2 hours - I'm pretty proud of it!

School's Out EduCon2.8

Commentary - Social Media - The real problems

If you actively use social media you might notice an article here or there, lamenting the idea that people can't communicate any more, that they are narcissistic and self centered individuals and lately, shaming a lot of common types of posts - often referring to Facebook posts. Specifically I read this article over the weekend:

It details the most annoying types of Facebook posts including (in the authors words):

-The Brag - "Guess who's graduating from Med School tomorrow?!"

-The Cryptic Cliffhanger - "OMG I can't even take any more of this!" (But never specifies what happened)

-The Literal Status Update "Heading to the gym after a long day"

-The Inexplicably-Public Private Message "What a weekend with Julie Epstein and Emily Rothchild. I love my girls!"

-The Incredibly Obvious Opinion - "I feel so deeply for the people of Newtown after this horrible tragedy"

-The Step Toward Enlightenment - "Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without." ~Buddha

-The Out-Of-Nowhere Oscar Acceptance Speech - "I just want to say how thankful I am for all of you who have touched my life. Your support means everything and I couldn't have gotten through a lot of things in the last year without you!"

Ugh - Ok, so my post is meant to be non-judgemental, compassionate and positive, so I'll refrain from commenting on the authors clear lack of... wait, nevermind.

Are any of these things really problems? Aside from the cryptic one, all of these can have a positive meaning for 1 or more people. Even in the case of the admittedly somewhat cringe worthy ambiguous status, I can see it possibly helping the person posting to just get a feeling out/vent/get some attention that they feel they need.

Yes, it is ok for a single person, the author, to benefit from posting something on social media. Of course, live your life, disconnect, don't watch everything through your phone - this goes without saying (well - it doesn't actually go without saying. Its extremely important - but not the issue I'm addressing right now) . Social media is an integrated part of life and it is a source of reflection and ventilation for people today, young and old.

Want to talk about changing social media? Let's actively, constructively and creatively deal with cyberbullying, trolling, sexploitation and any other extremely unethical negative behavior that is enabled and accelerated by social media. Those are problems that need fixing. All that other stuff? 2 tips:

1. Keep scrolling.

2. Find people to connect with that do provide value to you (whatever you do value).

Let's fill the internet with JOY and POSITIVE change. It is both beautiful and frustrating that there are no real rules when it comes to social media. Of course that also means if you want to spend your time shaming people online, you are free to do so.

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FMOT (Follow me on Twitter)

Doug Robertson (@TheWeirdTeacher) - I wish I had this guy in Elementary school. Doug is the definition of an "outside the box" thinker. Very funny as well as insightful and compassionate. His chat #WeirdEd is outstanding if I could stay awake for it - 10pm on Wednesdays.

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Slack - Making Communication Fun

Help at Edcamp - SLACK!

Book Club? SLACK

Talk about Making of a murderer? SLACK.


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Reminder - EdCamp Garden State!

If you are not coming, do you know somebody who would like to? Can you spread the word to other teacher friends? Direct them to or @edcampgs on Twitter. Thanks!!



There are tons of opportunities to professionally develop yourself in our area! You are what you PD!

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