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How Social Media Can Help Your Class Have the Best Year Ever

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Tuesday, June 25, 4:15–5:15 pm
Location: 122B

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.

Audience: Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: YouTube
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Professional learning models
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Content Knowledge and Professional Growth
  • Engage in continual learning to deepen content and pedagogical knowledge in technology integration and current and emerging technologies necessary to effectively implement the ISTE Standards •S and ISTE Standards •T.
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Conduct needs assessments to inform the content and delivery of technology-related professional learning programs that result in a positive impact on student learning.
  • Evaluate results of professional learning programs to determine the effectiveness on deepening teacher content knowledge, improving teacher pedagogical skills and/or increasing student learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

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)

Supporting research

"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.

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Michelle Ferre, Crofton Elementary School

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.

Charles Reynolds, Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School
Bridget Spackman, North Hills Elementary

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