Communication and Collaboration– Day 1


Congrats to Annie and Jenn!  Your classrooms are the best two classrooms!  You and your teammates can win a late pass.

Anyone else wants to share your learning environment?  If you think there is a great point in your learning environment or a highlight that you think that’s very important to your students, you are welcome to share it with all of us.  If you can persuade us, then you will also get a late pass.  🙂


Hope you all have completed the worksheet for Teacher Boot Camp project.  What did yo learn from the Teacher Boot Camp project?   How did you communicate with your teammates?  Did you have problems or difficulties to communicate with your teammates?


I think communication is important, especially in today’s society.  We are so busy that we seldom have time to listen to others and to express our true feelings or thought.

Is this familiar to you?

Somehow I feel that true or good communication should be like this.  It looks like these people are really talking to each other and getting others’ opinions.  Do you agree with me?

We have many tools for communication and collaboration nowadays.   Are you familiar with these tools?

When we are using these tools, we already create our online presence/ social identities in these social networks.  Are these online presence and social identities important to you?  Why or why not?

We all need to think about how you might develop a professional social media strategy.  At most, you are three years away from entering your chosen profession – it’s time to create your social media profile so you don’t find yourself removing tags from Facebook photos, creating a bare bones LinkedIn account, and learning what Twitter is the night before a big job interview.

Today’s task has several parts. Please make sure to read the directions carefully and complete all required tasks. Remember, this project is worth 10% of your final grade – take it seriously.

Step One: Reading About Social Media

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect article for you to read about social media. The problem is – the “perfect” article depends on what you’re interested in. There’s so much good stuff out there – I want you to find your own article So here’s what you’re going to do:

  1. Think about what it is you want to know about social media: teaching with social media in science classrooms, using social media in a marketing plan, creating a social media identity, guidelines for teachers using social media, creating a personal learning network (pln) with social media, speech language pathologists on Twitter, etc.
  2. Use this topic to do a google search for an article/video/resource that is directly related to your interest. Find something that interests you and READ IT!!
  3. Create a new page on your website called “Social Media”
  4. Link to the article you found, write a brief explanation of why you chose that topic and how you found the article (2 or 3 sentences), then write 3 or 4 paragraphs about what this article means to you, how it informs your understanding of social media, and what is in the article that you will use in your profession.

Step Two: Exploring Social Media

There are many different social media tools – and to have a social media identity, you don’t need to actively use all of them. I’ve created a list of nine social media tools – you will need to choose 3 tools to begin to create your social media identity. You’ll be using these tools to build a professional identity – so if you already have a personal Twitter account – think about having a separate one for the professional topics. If you have another social media tool you’d like to use and it isn’t listed here – feel free to include it. These tools aren’t linked because you simply need to type the name of the tool into your browser address bar and it will take you directly to the tool. If you need help creating a profile on one of these sites – please text or email me.

Facebook          LinkedIn          YouTube          Twitter          WordPress          Blogger                       Tumblr

Vimeo                Pinterest          Google+          FourSquare     Buffer                 Ning           Photoblog

Here are some more social network sites.

However, I don’t want to see 19 FB social identities.  So……here is the trick.  Let’s make the final decisions in class right now.  Go to the white board and write down your name under the social media that you want to try.  The maximum for each social media is 9, that is half of the class.  You should choose 3 social media.

Step Three: Building a Social Media Strategy

Once you’ve created accounts for your 3 tools, think about how you might use these tools in your profession. On your “Social Media” web page, set some current and future goals for your identity. These should be realistic goals and should be very specific.  You’ll want one set of goals for each of the 3 tools you chose. Make sure to include a link to your Twitter feed, Pinterest board, LinkedIn profile, etc.

Here’s an example of goal-setting for Pinterest for an elementary school teacher:

**Build a professional Pinterest account around learning centers for a 2nd grade classroom. Immediate Goal: Create a board for each subject area and spend at least 5 minutes a day pinning ideas. Find at least 2 new people to follow each day in order to collect more ideas to pin. Comment on at least 5 pins each day to generate traffic to my boards and to build a network of teachers to collect learning center ideas. Future Goal: Develop my own origianl learning center ideas and post to Pinterest.

Step Four: Growing Your Social Media Identity

Now that you’ve set some goals – work on them for the remainder of the semester. On the last day of class you’ll be reporting on how much progress you’ve made towards your goals. So make sure you chose tools that interest you and relate to your profession and make sure you chose goals that are doable.

Here’s an example from Maymester.


Go to the Go Web 2.0site and you will find thousands of new tools. You might try exploring under the “kids”, “collaboration”, and/or “communication” tabs on this site will show you some additional tools you might want to learn more about.

Another great place to look is Edutecher. And the Matrix lists some tools as well.

You can also take a look at this list.



  • keep reading the document you choose
  • grow your social media identity in the 3 media you choose


  • browse the web 2.0 tools listed a bove


  • Find an article/ video/ resource directly related to one of the social media you choose and READ it.
  • Create a new page on your website called “Social Media”
  • Link to the article you found, write a brief explanation of why you chose that topic and how you found the article (2 or 3 sentences), then write 3 or 4 paragraphs about what this article means to you, how it informs your understanding of social media, and what is in the article that you will use in your profession.  This is due next at 11:59 PM next Wed. (Sep. 12).
  • Work on the short-term and long-term goals for your social media choices.  This does not need to be long…but they need to be DOABLE, REALISTIC and SPECIFICThe plan for the goals of your social media is due at 11:59 PM next Friday (Sep. 14).

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