Celebrate World Teachers’ Day

Today more than 100 countries are uniting to honor educators for their tireless service. It’s World Teachers’ Day—an annual celebration started by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to raise awareness for teachers and the vital role they play.

Join us in celebrating World Teachers’ Day by reflecting on the powerful effect teachers have had in your life. No doubt, you’ll soon be full of gratitude, but don’t keep it bottled up inside! Here are six ways to spread the love:

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Cost-cutting technology #4: Telecommuting

Telecommuting may not be a new idea—the term was first coined in 1973—but we’ve come a long way since the conference call. Avoid the travel expenses (and traveling time!) spent on conferences, professional development, and school meetings without giving up the benefits that come with these events.

Consider using Skype, one of many free video-conferencing softwares, to participate in district or regional meetings from your school or home office.

Use the Internet to provide professional development, like the free webinar series Ahead of the Class, and connect your teachers to education experts around the world. You can also encourage teachers to join Twitter and begin building their own personal learning networks.








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10 reasons we need social media in schools

Yesterday’s #edchat topic on Twitter asked how social media and mobile learning devices could improve productivity in schools. Educators from around the world chimed in to share their own social media success stories and to advocate for its use in today’s education system. Though some may still have concerns over accessibility and feasibility, most can agree: social media is here to stay.

Take a look at 10 reasons why we need social media in schools, along with some great ways to implement it effectively.

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Translating the twittertalk: A beginner’s twittorial

You swore you’d never do it, but you finally took the plunge — you signed up for Twitter. Now it’s time to make sense of the symbols and acronyms, so you can follow what’s going on in your newly created community.

We’ve put together a list of the most common Twitter terms, the schedules for some of the best education-related chats, and some tips and notes on Twitter etiquette to help you get the most out of your new account.

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