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Sharing Your Stories on Social Media

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Saturday, December 5, 9:15–10:05 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Joe Merrill  
Kristin Merrill  

Teachers today are reaching out through social media accounts like Instagram and Twitter to connect with parents and families. Learn how to create content using applications like Adobe Spark Post, Apple Clips and Pic Collage to share your unique learning story with your school, parents and the surrounding educational community.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Social Media apps: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Apple Clips:
Adobe Spark Post:
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Technology is a great tool when access is equitable. But we all know that just like students, teachers don't always have access the the same tools. Sometimes the tool is a piece of technology, but a colleague who can use the technology can also be a valuable tool. When teachers don't have others surrounding them to ask questions to or bounce ideas off of, they often abandon new ideas due to lack of support. There are so many tools available to teachers to help them communicate with other educators as well as parents, and this session will not only give them exposure to them, but also give them time to learn how to create and tell stories using them.

Participants will learn the skills of social storytelling through apps like Apple Clips, MoShow, iMovie, Adobe and more! They will learn how to choose media making tools based on the type of story they want to convey and how to engage parents with these stories. They will learn how to create still images embedded with text, videos highlighting specific lessons or topics, and how to word ideas to both draw attention while sharing ideas with others.

Apps like Seesaw will also be shared to help teach participants how to set up student portfolios and how to engage parents through them. Connecting with parents and the community is so vital for any classroom and using social media as an outreach is an easy way to garner more support.

Participants will first be introduced to the idea of social sharing, see examples from our own classrooms, and discuss the benefits of “opening the classroom window.” Then, participants will be walked through the various apps one at a time. This walk through time will include an introduction, a set of examples and then a time for participants to try the application out on their own. They can then share their creations with the group through a social sharing program such as Padlet or Flipgrid.

We the presenters have been using social media and online portfolios to connect with parents for several years and have seen positive outcomes stem from these practices. Student confidence is strengthened, participation from home is increased and parents become more involved with the everyday learning going on in the classroom.


Introduction (15 min): Participants will review basic social media terminology such as handle and hashtag, and the most popular forms of social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Participants will be able to see examples of how social sharing can be used to tell the learning story of their classroom/school.

Tool Walkthrough (40 min): Applications will be introduced in order from learner level. The basic, easy to use applications such as Wakelet and Moshow will be introduced first. Then, participants will take 15 minute to review Adobe Spark Post and create a motioned image and then another 15 minutes to be introduced to Apple Clips. Participants will then add the still image they made on Adobe Spark Post into Apple Clips.

Closing (5 min): Review how these story telling apps can help open the window to the classroom and also how they can be integrated together.

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Joe Merrill, The Merrills EDU, LLC
Kristin Merrill, The Merrills EDU, LLC

Kristin Merrill: Fourth Grade teacher; 13+ years of experience working in intermediate (3-5) grade levels, 5+ years of implementing iPads, laptops, and Chrome books in the classroom. Kristin is the co-author of the book, "The #interACTIVE Classroom," on Elevate Books EDU.

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