Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ September 28

I’m reminded that creating can be the most effective kind of learning. lnstead of just analyzing media, students can use those techniques to influence audiences themselves. ~Jeremy Bond @JeremyDBond

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Considering the concept of eBooks for younger learners

This week in our PBSTeacherLine course, Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits, we are reading about, thinking about, and digitally posting about electronic books. We’re firing up our Kindles- it promises to be a page-turner!

After exploring the pros and cons of electronic books you will learn where and how to find free eBooks, identify the skills your students need to be able to use them, and explore a wealth of resources that help you integrate them into the classroom. Here are a couple of link edits to note:

#PBSReaders4Life   #PBSTeachers

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Photos For Class Resource takes Digital Storytelling up a Notch

We’ve all experienced the thrill of engaging students in a digital storytelling project, guiding them to include content and deep analysis… only to have the excitement stall during the visual image search phase. Image searches may face pitfalls such as unsafe image returns, lack of citation information, failure to adhere to copyright, and inability to download or link to the image.

It’s a bummer to lose the momentum.

Photos For Class–https://www.photosforclass.com/ provides a safe search, collection, and citation of images. Educators, students, and staff can use Photos For Class for:

  • Age Appropriate Images – All images are appropriate for the school setting, thanks to Flickr and Pixabay SafeSearch and our proprietary filters – Read More
  • Automatic Citation – Downloaded images automatically cite the author and the image license terms – Read More
  • Creative Commons – All photos shown are, to the best of our (and Flickr’s / Pixabay’s) knowledge, licensed by Creative Commons for public use

Photos may be downloaded and saved or accessed via link. Photos may also be shared among 12 social media sites.

I tried several search terms and found Photos For Class to return robust results for not only digital storytelling projects but also for hyperdocs, illustrated journals, website icons, social media posts, and blog posts. Halloween is usually a minefield of both savory and unsavory images but the image below was harvested from the Photos For Class site. Attribution for use in citations appears as a caption in a black border at the bottom of the photo.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/12707238@N00/22622863856/

Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/12707238@N00/22622863856/

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ September 21, 2018

Photo by Jean Haverstick

 

 

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Crowdsourcing a course hashtag

For our @PBSTeachers course “Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits K-12″ an activity application for qualitative information gathering was implemented using an online survey tool to crowdsource a course hashtag.   

The online survey tool, SurveyAnyplace was chosen to build, distribute, and collect the results of the survey because of its ease of use, mobile tech option, survey creation templates, QR-Code distribution feature, and results display capacity. Learners were invited to participate through email and course announcements in CanvasLMS.

Here is a screenshot in the early minutes of Survey data collection:

SurveyAnyplace Survey Screen

SurveyAnyplace Survey Screen. Survey created by Helen Teague

 

The survey contained one question with 3 fixed answer choices (“A,” “B,” “C”) and 1 open-ended answer choice (“D”). The open ended answer choice “D” invited course participants to suggest their own hashtag for inclusion.

Five days were given for the first round of choice. Data provided by SurveyAnyplace detailed the response rate and tallied the responses. The survey had an 89% response rate.

In the first round, after the course learners completed the survey, the choice with the most responses and the suggested response were distilled to a final survey. Data collection on these two choices continued for three days. The resulting choice earned the designation of the Course Hashtag.

#PBSReaders4Life

The Hashtag data collection activity served to crowdsource a common hashtag, build community among all course participants (learners and course facilitator), and model procedure for an upcoming data collection culminating activity.

Course participants were assured that all future posts with the hashtag #PBSReaders4Life would always conform to the Terms of Use of each and every social media site in which it appeared. Further, course facilitators’ posts were assured to be of a general or thematic nature. Specific learners’ names would not be used, accept in the case of a retweet where a learner self-identified through the use of the hashtag #PBSReaders4Life.

 

 

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Fun Facts About Hashtags

As a pre-course activity for my PBS TeacherLine class, “Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits” I constructed a hashtag survey. The intent of the survey was for the class to create, vote, and decide on a common hashtag for us to use during our class.

Here are a few fun hashtag facts that I learned in the process:

Engagement Benefits from Hashtags…Sometimes: Posts with 1-2 hashtags have 21% more interest and by extension, more engagement than those without hashtags (Andersen, 2018; Lee, 2018).

 


 

The carbon dating for the first hashtag is circa 2007:

Source: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-hashtags/517028/

 


 

Hashtag Tips from Social Media experts:

  1. Learn from the best- look at the posts of folks you admire or influencers and scroll to see the hashtags they use
  2. Consider related hashtags
  3. Identify hashtags that resonate with you
  4. Proofread your hashtag to make sure it is not being used in a different (or gasp-worthy) context
  5. Only use 1-2 hashtags for maximum engagement from your readers (Anderson, 2018)

Best quote related to hashtagging and social media: The currency of social media is the share. ~Courtney Seiter


There’s even a podcast dedicated to the humble hashtag called– The Science of Social Media


 

Because their purpose is to expand the conversation, Hashtags hug constructivist learning theory.

Source: https://blog.bufferapp.com/a-scientific-guide-to-hashtags-which-ones-work-when-and-how-many


 

Keep practicing your hashtag I.Q. and you will be ready for the next World Social Media day on June 30, 2019

SocialMediaDay

The hashtag for this day is, natch, #SMDay

Happy Hashtagging!!


 

 

References

Andersen, I. (February 15, 2018). Everything you’ve always wanted to know about hashtags. Social Media Today. Retrieved from: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-hashtags/517028/ 

Lee, K. (April 17, 2018). How to Use Hashtags How Many, Best Ones, and Where to Use Them. Buffer Blog. Retrieved from: https://blog.bufferapp.com/a-scientific-guide-to-hashtags-which-ones-work-when-and-how-many

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ September 14

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Welcome to PBS Course RDLA235- Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits K-12

Welcome to “Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits K-12” from PBS TeacherLine @pbsteachers.

Looking forward to learning with you!!

Please give a listen to my Welcome VoiceThread (no worries to Ken Burns or any Audible book narrator!)

 

 

Now, click over to our course and begin orientation!

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PBS Course RDLA235 Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits Begins Tomorrow!! Still time to sign up!

PBS Course RDLA235 Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits Begins Tomorrow!! Still time to sign up, click here

RDLA235 Splash Page

 

Please join us!

@PBSTeachers

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PBS Learning Media ~ New Site Design

PBS LearningMedia is excited to announce an improved site design and user experience, making our resources easier than ever for teachers like you to find and integrate into your curriculum. These new features, which are based on feedback from educators nationwide, include: a refreshed look and feel, the ability to easily browse by curriculum area, standards and grade bands, improved search functionality, and easier access to resources from your local PBS station. Explore the Site

 

https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/

https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/

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