4 Apps to Keep Your Community Informed

  Click here to read my second blog post for Remind101
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Using Social Media to Tell Your School's Story

  Click here to read my first of 3 articles for remind101 ~ Using Social Media to Tell Your School's Story
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What Would You Do?

"Social networking is about building people up in your network NOT tearing them down" ~ Tasha Turner   Last week as I reading my various Twitter streams I came across a few disturbing tweets from an unhappy parent in the school community of a colleague of mine. I decided to click on the user's profile and discovered that almost all the tweets were criticisms of the school and the principal. In my opinion the tweets were bordering on harassment. They were uninformed and seemed to be written to begin an online argument. The account also did not use a real name, they were posting anonymously. This one-sided conversation on Twitter caused me to question my own belief of the importance of being connected and to use social media as a window into the school and the learning happening everyday. Should this scenario stop administrators, teachers and even schools from being...
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4 Reasons Why You Need to Be a Connected Educator

"A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate." ~ Seth Godin   Last week I attended EdCamp Leadership in New Jersey held in the beautiful (but cold!) STEM Building at Kean University. It was the second EdCamp that I've attended and it didn't disappoint. I attended sessions on BYOD and Branding with Eric Sheninger and a session about what teachers really want in back-to-school PD with Joe Mazza. But the session that really got me thinking was with Tom Whitby on the importance of being a Connected Educator. The discussion led by the passionate Tom Whitby and my own thoughts on being a Connected Educator led...
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Edcamp Hamilton ~ Reflections

As I made the journey to Ancaster on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning with @sbruyns , @technolit and @cordym I couldn't help but feel a sense of anticipation and eagerness about my first experience at an Edcamp. Each of us have been involved in organizing and planning conferences in our own district but going by everything I have read about Edcamp this was going to be a much different venture.  To start I must say congrats and well done to the organizing committee of Edcamp Hamilton ~ Sue Dunlop ( @principaldunlop ), Heidi Siwak ( @heidisiwak ), Aviva Dunsiger ( @avivaloca ), Michelle Horst ( @michelle_horst ), Cindy Lee ( @dangergirl1218 ), Lisa Neale ( @lisaneale ) and Karen Wilson ( @kawilson68 ) ~ what a great job. I'm sure I speak for everyone that attended that the hours you put into planning Edcamp are very much appreciated.  So onto...
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App Smashing

App smashing is simply defined as the process of using multiple apps with each other to complete a task. App smashing could be completed on a smartphone or tablet like an iPad where students may be completing a project. As part of my annual growth plan I made the commitment to not only make my own learning visible but also make the learning activities of our school visible to the parents and community at large. One way that I do that is provide regular daily tweets accompanied with pictures and short descriptions. Here is an example of a daily tweet.   Awesome writing this morning in kindergarten ow.ly/i/1wRUy #tweedsmuirps #writing — David Fife (@DavidFifeVP) February 15, 2013 The culmination of a month of learning is a video I produce and post for our community to watch and enjoy using Animoto. I get lots of feedback from parents that not only...
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Why I use Twitter

Below is a deck I created with Haiku Deck. As always, feel free to comment.   
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A Great iPad Blogging App

Today I wanted to create a blog post demonstrating the power of a great blogging app I've recently discovered called Blogsy. Now I realize the argument that is out there that the iPad is a completely different tool from a laptop, or desktop for that matter, but there have been times where I have found myself wanting to create a post but I didn't have access to my laptop or desktop. At $4.99 some people might take a pass on the app but once you see it in action you might change your mind. By the way everything in this blog post has been created using Blogsy as well as Siri. There has been no typing on my part (well other than clearing up a few formatting issues). I must say that when I first read about Blogsy I was a little skeptical on the ease of which it could...
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Social Media in Education

While most of the world is embracing social media the education sector has struggled to grasp the value of connecting to the students they serve.   Every day businesses around the world are using some aspect of social media to promote their business and spread the word about their product or services.  They use Twitter and Facebook to promote sales and specials and Foursquare to have customers check-in to their location.  They use these tools to help promote all the great things that are happening with their business and customers.  Wouldn't it be great if school districts, schools, teachers and administrators used these same tools to promote all the great work happening in classrooms today. Social media in schools is here to stay.  Let's leverage it to engage our students and provide an exciting learning environment. Let's get on the Bandwagon
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