• June 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Pinterest- I LOVE this as an educational and personal social media resource. There is so much available for me as a teacher, and I have found numerous activity ideas and fifth grade appropriate ideas. This is a great resource for when I’m looking for specific units or lessons, and many times it leads me to printable practical activities. Additionally, there are often real examples, which is helpful for a teacher. I love how these may many time lead to blogs or Teachers Pay Teachers. I love that I can organize the things I “pin” or keep into separate boards so it’s easy to find my materials. I LOVE this for educational purposes, but I’ve also created personal boards (recipes, home ideas, etc.)

    Teachers Pay Teachers- The amount of teacher-created, practical, useful resources here is amazing. I love that I don’t have to create everything myself and that this place is truly made of a network of like-minded teachers! It truly feels like a collaborative community when I can receive materials from another teacher somewhere else in the U.S. who is covering similar material– and I often find things that are very unique and presentable!

    Snapchat- This social media is a fun social one, but I don’t think I’d ever use it for educational purposes.

    Instagram- This social media is a fun social media, but I wouldn’t use it for educational purposes. Although I LOVE photography and taking pictures, I think it would be more useful to put them on a blog or web page rather than utilize Instagram with families of my students.

    Snapfish- I love the idea of using this personally because once again, I can share pictures, but I don’t think I’d use it educationally.

    MySpace and Facebook- I like these for personal use, but not for educational use. I’ve heard of many people having a classroom Facebook page, but it leaves me very nervous the amount of “gray area” that might exist by doing so. I’d be connected to my students personally, and I’d hate for my Facebook class page to be exposed to something inappropriate (without my knowledge or otherwise) that a student may post.

    Remind- I have used this for multiple years, and I intend to continue.

    ClassDojo- I have set up an account for this, but I have not utilized it. One of my goals is to explore this more. I know I can keep track of behavior through this, and parents can view this tool and see how their children are doing, which really is wonderful. I’ve also seen that they are incorporating helpful videos in to ClassDojo, which would be another positive aspect. I’d love to dive deeper into this one!

  • June 22, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Pinterest: This site has a plethora of links to other sites. I like that I can find many different things on just about whatever I want. One thing that I dislike about this site is that there can be so many “bad” pins (meaning ads come up or the pin is only a picture without content, etc.).

    Teachers Pay Teachers: Again, I like this site for finding resources to use within my classroom. I like that I can search for specific topics. I also like that I can find free items. I don’t like that I still have to sift through many pages of information that I may or may not use.

    Both of the above named sites are great for finding resources to use within the classroom. I would not say that they are geared for professional development. (If they can be or are, I must be doing it wrong.)

  • June 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    The two sites that I can see myself using the most are Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers. On Pinterest, I entered the subject of ‘volume of cylinders’ as this is something that I have to teach that’s not that exciting. . . . There were choices of foldables, task cards, teaching tips, and open ended questions that came up with this search. I found a cool open-ended real-world problem project related to the Guatemalan sinkhole. Another real-world application was filling suitcases of different shapes and finding which shape had the greatest volume. Lots of ideas here to make this topic more exciting! I did find that a lot of the curriculum material on Pinterest was taken from Teachers Pay Teachers.

    Teachers Pay Teachers is another wonderful resource! In spring I purchased a poetry unit from this website. It was very teacher and student friendly. The resources in this website are easily sorted to allow you to find exactly what you’re looking for. The prices are reasonable as well, so I don’t feel badly making a few purchases!

  • July 5, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I can see Pinterest being my site of choice because of its ability to organize my information onto separate boards and the ability to share with my Teacher Candidates. I like that I can control which topics get sent to me and that I can pin them on my boards if I want. It is an incredible amount of useful information, for both personal and professional advancement. I am really liking the inspirational quotes and humorous pins—as I see these being helpful with my Coaching Candidates–a little inspiration goes a long way when new teachers are having a rough day! I also looked through Teachers Pay Teachers–love it (wish I had this when I was in the classroom!) Teaching Channel and Edutopia have a wonderful variety of topics and videos to use in the classroom–excited to share that info. with my candidates too! I looked at Facebook and have an account, but rarely use it. Waste of time, I’d rather catch up with people n person! I did like the Bloomz and DoJo sites and will set up my Fall Candidate class as a new way to communicate with individuals or whole groups. I may use Tackk as a spot for my candidates to go to for additional resources, quotes, videos, questions and feedback. All of this exploration is getting me excited to make my job more “tech-like”. Very exciting…scary…but exciting!

  • July 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Pinterest is one of the sites that I use often to help build units for science or to find math games to go with certain standards. I love to find the more hands on projects on this site. I also love to use this for personal things such as ideas for planters or old windows. I enjoy finding crafts to do with my neighbor ladies or to do with my own children. I like how you can organize the ideas onto different boards so that when I get sucked into the pinterest world and begin finding cool workouts or diy crafts, etc I can organize the ideas right away and then go back to them. It is also fun to share ideas with co-workers when you find something that might fit a unit that they are working on with their class.

    Facebook is something I use personally to share photos and stay in contact with family and friends that I don’t see as often as I like. I try not to connect with student families on this site. I do find educational stories and links on there that I will explore every now and then.

    I do like to use Google+ to search for educational ideas and to connect with classrooms or virtual field trips.

    Teachers Pay Teachers is where I get a lot of freebies for classroom things. I don’t always like to pay for the ideas I find.

    Schoology is something that some of the teachers in our district really like to use with their students in the classroom. I use it to send things electronically to my students families, but I know there isn’t 100% participation in that. I did okay with communication using this tool first semester, but faded out second semester. I posted our newsletters, book orders, and any other reminders on there. I wanted to post classroom pictures but never got around to doing that. I also created a group for the middle school lego league to push out information on the competition and deadlines for them. Schoology is very much like facebook but more for education.

  • July 11, 2017 at 7:57 am

    There are some very common themes here. We all really like Pinterest. Probably because it is such a visual display. Pinterest is also very user friendly. If you LOVE Pinterest, you should add the Chrome extension for Pinterest so that you can pin right from your Chrome toolbar.

    Are there ways you can create Boards in Pinterest for student use? Based on themes that they are learning?

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