Starting Your School District’s Social Media Presence

Social Media WordleMost school districts and schools in the US are a little reluctant about starting a presence in social media avenues like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc. Some of these concerns are valid and understandable, but in today’s social media driven world, it is important that school districts and schools get on board. If school districts don’t start an official presence then it is possible that someone else will begin to represent the district or your school in Social Media and it may not be the reflection that you were hoping for. This post will share some helpful tips about getting started.

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What’s Coding Got To Do With It?

Computer ProgrammingI have always been intrigued by computers and computer programming. I remember my best friend and I would sit up hours creating text-based adventure games on an old Commodore 64 with a cassette tape. Then I took my first programming course in high school in Basic and Pascal on a TRS 80 Model III with amber colored text on a black screen. I was hooked! the exercises were tedious and at times I often asked myself “Why are we having to learn this?” During my teaching years I had the opportunity to teach computer programming in high school and some of my students would ask the same question. This post will strive to help answer that question for you.

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Remember the Titans …er I mean the Titanic!

The TitanticNo other ship in the history of shipdom has garnished as much attention as the RMS Titanic. Several movies, books, documentaries, etc. have been created since the “Unsinkable” ship first set sail in 1912. As we approach the 100th anniversary of her demise on April 15, 1912, this post will give you some great resources to use in your classes this week or next.

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Using the New Facebook Timeline for Pages – Part 2

facebook iconWell Facebook has done it again! They have changed the design of their pages once more and as of March 30th they forced all pages to use the new time line feature. Fortunately they did allow page administrators to preview and work with the new design “behind the scenes.” This allowed page admins to see how the changes would affect their page and its audience. This is the second part in a multi-part post about these changes.

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Your Voice is Powerful – VoiceThread in Education

VoiceThread App iconWired recently published an article on the power of one’s voice about a new study published in the January issue of Evolution and Human Behavior which provides evidence that voice – its tones and intonations and rhythms, known formally as prosodics – trigger soothing affects that do not appear with plain text communication. “People still need to interact the way we evolved to interact,” says one of the studies authors, Leslie J. Seltzer. “It doesn’t matter how many smiley faces you put in your IM. It’s not going to have the same effect as talking in person.”

The human voice is a critical tool for connecting in a meaningful way with those around you. Making voice connections easily in a technologically complex and networked world is what VoiceThreading is all about.

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Using the New Facebook Timeline for Pages – Cover Photos

facebook iconWell Facebook has done it again! They have changed the design of their pages once more and as of March 30th they forced all pages to use the new time line feature. Fortunately they did allow page administrators to preview and work with the new design “behind the scenes.” This allowed page admins to see how the changes would affect their page and its audience.

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RSS in Twitter: Where did they go?

Twitter LogoRecently, when Twitter redesigned their user interface and website, the RSS feature disappeared – or did it? Twitter is saying that this is just a design flaw and will fix it in later updates. The good news is that any old RSS feeds that you had setup will still continue to work.

In the meantime, what should you do if you would still like to use RSS feeds along with Twitter?

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Welcome…

This will be a blog that will attempt to share information and ramblings about instructional technology and school communications. Please let me know if there is a topic of interest that you would like to know more about and I will do my best to help you out.

I hope all of you enjoy my ramblings. Thank you for reading.