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Brian Crosby

  • What did we see Brian DO that was right for kids?

  • How did he structure a learning context which was authentically engaging for students?

  • How did he weave the use of technology tools like blogs, wikis, videoconferencing software, and student laptops to help his students connect with an authentic audience and share their individual voices with the world?

  • How did the assignments and learning tasks Brian's students completed meet state standards or core curriculum mandates?

  • What do you see in this video that aligns with project, problem, or passion-based learning as you understand it?

Why be a Connected Educator?

Using Social Media in a Lesson Plan

Why Use Twitter?

Twitter in D123 from OLHD123 on Vimeo.

Articles and Resources

The Creative Guide for Teachers Using Twitter

Today’s Teachers Must Become Connected Educators
We Might Be Giants
Passion Based Learning for the 21st Century
A Futuristic View of Education
Assessing 21st Century Learning

No Limits

Resources with a Catholic Flavor

"When people exchange information, they are already sharing themselves, their view of the world, their hopes, their ideals. It follows that there exists a Christian way of being present in the digital world: this takes the form of a communication which is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others... I would like then to invite Christians, confidently and with an informed and responsible creativity, to join the network of relationships which the digital era has made possible."- Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 45th World Communications Day, 5 June 2011

Pope's Twitter Account!/news_va_en
Pope uses iPad, Twitter to launch new Vatican website
Vatican Website
Confession App
Social Network
Catholics Online
Catholic Tech Talk
Message about World Communications Day

Here are 16 social media stats that are particularly insightful for Catholics and our Church: ~~ Matthew Warner

1) “By 2010 Gen Y will outnumber Baby Boomers…96% of them have joined a social network.” Are we meeting them where they’re at?
2) “Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web.”
3) “1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. last year met via social media.”
4) “If Facebook were a country it would be the world’s 4th largest.” Do we need an “Archdiocese of Facebook”? :-)
5) “On average, online students out perform those receiving face-to-face instruction.” Is the Church teaching online as much as we could?
6) “80% of companies use LinkedIn as a primary tool to find employees.” Still looking for a job anyone? How about is your parish using LinkedIn to find the most qualified and passionate employees?
7) “What happens in Vegas stays on YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, etc.” Thank goodness for the confessional.
8) “Wikipedia has over 13 million articles…some studies show it’s more accurate than Encyclopedia Britannica.” Have Catholics been writing these articles? Contributing to them? Making sure they are correct?
9) “There are over 200,000,000 Blogs.” How many of them are Catholic?
10) “Facebook USERS translated the site from English to Spanish via a Wiki in less than 4 weeks and cost Facebook $0.” How can the Catholic Church or the parish accomplish such feats on limited budgets?
11) “78% of consumers trust peer recommendations.” How many peers are recommending the Catholic Church on social media?
12) “25% of Americans in the past month said they watched a short video…on their phone.” Is the Church doing enough to create these videos? And to create them well?
13) “35% of book sales on Amazon are for the Kindle when available.” How many of our great Catholic treasures (books) have been digitized and made available on the Kindle and other electronic formats?
14) “24 of the 25 largest newspapers are experiencing record declines in circulation because we no longer search for the news, the news finds us.” Are we as a Church going out and finding people? Or are we just waiting for people to find us?
15) “More than 1.5 million pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) are shared on Facebook…daily.” How many of them reflect the Gospel? How many share the fullness of Truth?
16) “Successful companies in social media act more like Dale Carnegie and less like David Ogilvy - listening first, selling second.” Is the Catholic Church present enough in social media to be listening? And are we listening first?

For the next generation, the social web is defining sex, marriage and family. The Church must be a force there. The social web is on the cutting edge of education and communication. The Church must be on that edge. The social web is developing the language that future generations will speak. The Church must speak it fluently. Social media is changing the world. The Church must be fully present there to help guide that change.

Read more:

Tom Barrett- Tools with Purpose

Using Audio in the Classroom
Using Wordle in the Classroom
Using Wall Wisher in the Classroom
Using Voice Thread in the Classroom
Using a Flip Camera in the Classroom
Using Google Earth in the Classroom
Using Twitter in the Classroom
Using a Smart Board in the Classroom
Using Google Docs in the Classroom
Using Google Plus in the Classroom

Have you checked out my new book?
The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Co-founder and CEO, Powerful Learning Practice, LLC
Author: //The Connected Educator - Learning and leading in a digital age//

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