How Social Media Can Help Your Class Have the Best Year Ever
Listen and learn : Lecture
Tuesday, June 25, 4:15–5:15 pm
Michelle Ferre Charles Reynolds Bridget Spackman
People's Choice winner. As teachers, social media has completely changed the way we are able to connect with our students, parents and teachers from around the world. Learn how using social media can help build relationships with students' families and help you be the best teacher you can be.
|Attendee devices:||Devices not needed|
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||YouTube
|Topic:||Professional learning models|
|ISTE Standards:||For Coaches:
Content Knowledge and Professional Growth
The purpose of our presentation is to provide a pathway for educators to access meaningful professional growth through a network of educators across the world. We will also show how to utilize these platforms to create life changing experiences for students. Participants will learn how to use social media (i.e. YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) to make their classrooms interactive and diverse learning spaces and leave with strategies that will help them connect and cultivate an online Professional Learning Community.
I. Introduction (10 min) II. How we got started using social media in our classrooms. (10 min) III. How YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter make us better teachers (10 min) IV. How social media can create better classrooms for our students (10 min) V. Getting Started - equipment, software, choosing a niche. (10 min) VI. Q&A - (10 min)
"One-shot workshops—“professional development” days with little direct connection to classrooms, coaching support, or follow-up—often have minimal impact on teachers"(Beach, R, 2012, p. 256). Beach argues, " teachers can capitalize on the affordances of digital tools and social networking capabilities to collaborate, plan with, and learn from other teachers in their own school, as well as teachers in other schools across the country who are asking the same kinds of questions. Reference Beach, R. (2012). Can online learning communities foster professional development?. Language Arts, 89(4), 256.
Michelle Ferré is a fourth grade math and science teacher in Crofton, Maryland and runs a YouTube channel under the name of Pocketful of Primary with over 180,000 subscribers. Michelle graduated from Salisbury University with a bachelor degree in elementary education and a minor in mathematics and is currently earning her masters degree in teaching and learning. Michelle currently serves as the e-coach for her school and helps teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. She uploads weekly videos on her YouTube channel focused on organization, student engagement, and tips and tricks for teachers.