Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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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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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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Happy National Read a Book Day – September 6

September 6th is National Read a Book Day!! Happy NRaB Day, Page Turners!!

 

Celebrate National Read a Book Day and vote for your favorite novels on The Great American Read from PBS (now through Oct 18). You can vote daily. Learn more at this link:  http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/    and these hashtags:

#GreatReadPBS     @pbsteachers 

http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/source/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/love-read.jpg

http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/source/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/love-read.jpg

 

There are four ways to vote: online, on Twitter or Facebook, by SMS, and, beginning September 11th, by phone. To vote online, click the vote link for your book of choice. To vote on Twitter or Facebook, tweet or post the hashtag. Explore the list below and vote for your favorites or find the voting hashtags here to vote on social media and SMS. The full voting details are available here. To learn more about voting, visit here.

Decorate your classroom with America’s favorite books! Check out printable posters & quote cards from .

Here is a link to the full ballot: https://bento.cdn.pbs.org/hostedbento-prod/filer_public/gar-phase-2/assets/TGAR_BookChecklist_2018.pdf 

 

Image Links

http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/source/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/love-read.jpg

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Vote for your favorite novels on The Great American Read from PBS

Vote for your favorite novels on The Great American Read from PBS (now through Oct 18). You can vote daily. Learn more at this link:  http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/    and these hashtags:

#GreatReadPBS     @pbsteachers 

http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/source/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/love-read.jpg

http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/source/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/love-read.jpg

 

There are four ways to vote: online, on Twitter or Facebook, by SMS, and, beginning September 11th, by phone. To vote online, click the vote link for your book of choice. To vote on Twitter or Facebook, tweet or post the hashtag. Explore the list below and vote for your favorites or find the voting hashtags here to vote on social media and SMS. The full voting details are available here. To learn more about voting, visit here.

Decorate your classroom with America’s favorite books! Check out printable posters & quote cards from .

Here is a link to the full ballot: https://bento.cdn.pbs.org/hostedbento-prod/filer_public/gar-phase-2/assets/TGAR_BookChecklist_2018.pdf 

 

Image Links

http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/source/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/love-read.jpg

https://goo.gl/images/j2k62U

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Up Close & Canvas: SpeedGrader

PBS TeacherLine uses the Canvas Learning Management System for its full array of online undergrad and graduate courses.

 

One of the best features of Canvas is SpeedGrader. Canvas wizard Dave Pelino offers these insights regarding Canvas in general and the SpeedGrader feature in particular:

 


“Canvas is very user friendly, especially with SpeedGrader. When you are in a discussion forum, if you click on the “Settings cog” in the upper right hand corner of the forum directions (to the right of the “edit” button) the drop down menu will give you a SpeedGrader option there as well. Once you open that you can see all the posts for each of your individual learners. You can also grade from there and enter your feedback.

Another way to get there is to click on a grade for any student under a discussion forum column in the grade book, when the box opens there is a SpeedGrader option in it. 

A third option will allow you to see everything a learner has submitted fairly quickly – open the grade book and click on the learner’s name. A list of all assignments will appear and as you click on any of them you will see either the submission (if it was an assignment) or all their posts at once (if it was a forum).  You can also grade and leave comments from here.

Using the back button quickly brings you right back to that list. If you click “Show All Details” on the grade page it will even show all feedback you provided and any comments the learner left for you.

Thanks, Dave, for sharing these efficient tips for SpeedGrader!

For more information, view this Speedgrader post from the Canvas forums.

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Back to School: Gear Up with Gratitude Mini-Lessons

The busy timetables of the school year can leave little time for extensive new units of study. As teachers, instructional designers, administrators realize the compacted time demands of each day, other options are possible.

Consider mini-lessons of 10-15 minutes to reinforce essentials concepts to enhance the invitational component of your classroom or online course.


 

  1. All Ages: Invite students to give voice to their gratitude. Youngest learners may draw and younger learners through adult learners can write or type for 10- 15 minutes on this prompt: How do you feel when you hear the words “Thank you”? Students can also text their answers to this prompt or use the Penzu online journal.
    Research Reinforcement: James Pennebaker, professor at the University of Texas conducted research that points to benefits of writing/journaling on well-being. Read more at this Link
  2. For Grades PK-2: This video from PBS Learning media describes how important it is for youngest learners to show appreciation to the parents and caregivers in their lives that help them!  Watch Video
  3. For Grades 5-12: Braincraft has the science behind why expressing gratitude feels so good. Watch Video
  4. Have a little more time? Feeling and expressing gratitude can help students better appreciate the kindness of others and the importance of their relationships with everyone in their lives. Dive into this lesson plan from PBS Learning Media that will spark a discussion around the meaning of gratitude. Explore Lesson Plans

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InstructureCarn 2018 in Keystone, Colorado

This is the week for InstructureCarn in Keystone, Colorado. Our team from PBS TeacherLine submitted our proposal back in February.  … And it was accepted!!

We are excited about our session called, “We’ve Moodled on Over to Canvas: PBS TeacherLine Online Facilitators Share What Works.”  Our session is Wednesday, June 25th at 3:25pm.

 

InstructureCarn Session

 

Not going to InstructureCarn? Check back to this blog for the online handouts of the session!

 

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Announcing Lower Prices for PBS TeacherLine Professional Development Courses!

Announcing Lower Prices for PBS TeacherLine Professional Development Courses!
Dear Teachers,
We understand the sacrifices you make every day for your classrooms and your students—and we know that the cost of professional development often falls on your shoulders. That’s why we’ve been working hard to lower the prices of our professional development courses while maintaining the same high-quality experience.
We’re excited to announce that as of today, the cost for every PBS TeacherLine facilitated course has been permanently reduced—some courses have been reduced by as much as 36%.
Thank you for all you do! We are proud to support teachers like you with our free educational resources, affordable professional development, and community events done in partnership with PBS member stations around the country.
Sincerely,
Your friends at PBS TeacherLine

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Resources from PBS Learning Media

School’s Out But Learning’s In with these Independence Day Resources from PBS Learning Media

Here are a few of the many favorites available from PBS Learning Media 

Prelude to the Revolution
Grades: 9-12
The American Revolution isn’t a straight path; it’s a complex timeline with twists and turns! Did you know the war didn’t start in 1776, but almost a year earlier?  Explore More

 

Thomas Jefferson
Grades: 3-5
Watch this 60-second video to learn a little more about our third president, Thomas Jefferson. He helped to shape America’s future geographical and political landscape with decisions he made in office and with the Founding Fathers. Explore More

 

What is Liberty? Lesson Plan
Grades: 4-8
In this lesson plan, your students can discover what the concept of liberty means, how it can be personified in an object, and how the concept of liberty has impacted different groups in America. Explore More

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