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The use of Twitter by Donald Trump has prompted a hacker, WauchulaGhost, to point out security precautions to the President and also serve as an alert to any Twitter user. Many IB teachers use Twitter and post to IB-related hashtags # and follow @ postings relating to IB programmes. Hashtags, official and unofficial, include: #IBPYP #PYPinquiry #pypchat #PYPexhibition #mypnextchapter  #IBMYP #MYPchat #MYPSciences #mypphe #IBDP #ibtraining #ibgeog #IBGlobalPolitics #ibpsychology #IBprogrammes #IBcommunitystories #learnerprofile #InquiryBasedLearning #servicelearning #IBlearnerprofile #IBeducation #internationaleducation IB teachers also follow postings from accounts such as IBO, ...

Jane Austen and… Twitter?!

One of the interesting sessions at the recent MLA conference explored the use of twitter in the study of literature.  The following offers a summary and references that might inspire some effective approaches to the reading of Pride and Prejudice. "Twitter and Teaching Literature" (MLA conference, Vancouver, 2015) In order to examine more closely the role of Twitter in the scholarship and teaching of literary scholars, this panel considered the following questions: -What tools do we (and our students) need to analyze Twitter ...

Twitter banned in Turkey

By Tuesday, April 1, 2014 No tags 0

Even though Twitter may not be pulling down marketshare at the moment ( Twitter May Be the Next MySpace), it is one of the main  social media sites for voicing political opposition in times of public dissatisfaction and unrest. Twitter was 'blocked' in Turkey by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey, on March 20 as a way of controlling tweets about political corruption. However, even though the Turkish court has ruled that it should be unblocked, the government has 30 days ...

We live in media…using Twitter

Yesterday morning I read a handful of  interesting posts about Twitter, and found the poster shown at the left,  by Tom Woodward. As it all followed on a long Skype conversation with a colleague about Twitter, I felt that all the signs were pointing to  today's blog post focusing on Twitter. Quick catch up, or background info: "Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read short 140-character text messages, called "tweets". Registered users can ...

Shibumi

The heading refers to my favourite author, Trevanian (Rodney Whitaker) a writer and university professor. Although he had written several novels under this pseudonym and other books under other pseudonyms. (He took great pains to remain anonymous, something I increasingly understand in today’s Twitterati-infested instant-information world of knee-jerk outrage and faux indignation.) It was with the publication of ‘The Eiger Sanction’ and ‘Shibumi’ that his readers clearly saw his teaching background. His scathing comments on university students include: “…ah, sociology, ...

140 Characters in the IB Classroom

"Twitter" flickr photo by Uncalno https://flickr.com/photos/uncalno/8537569665 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license The word "Twitter" (as in a certain social media platform) has been turning up more and more in the news recently.  Twitter itself isn't new (if you're interested, you can read the history of Twitter in this post on lifewire), and it isn't new in education.  But as it is being talked about right now, I thought it might be a good time to take a closer ...

Differentiation with Social Media Tools

This week I was notified of a change on a shared Google Spreadsheet I "follow" which is collecting "Differentiation with Social Media Tools". As I write, there are  109 online social media tools listed, with the type, URL, a short assessment or review, and suggestions for content, process and product differentiation. The page was built and is maintained by John McCarthy, an Education Blogger  at Edutopia - George Lucas Educational Foundation. You can learn more about him on his web page. Linked to ...

A ‘selfie’ – great examples of social service media

By Friday, September 9, 2016 , 0

One of the highlights of facilitating workshops is to encounter talented, humble and inspiring educators who are working in CAS. Two years I had the pleasure of working with Tricia Friedman in a CAS Cat 2 workshop in BIS. Not only did I discover her enthusiasm for the CAS structures and Learner Outcomes but I also learned of her own skills and expertise in harnessing social media that resonated with her students. Rightly so she’s been applauded and rewarded as an Apple ...

Are we living through a Lens?

Two recent photos posted in the media and on Twitter are an abrupt awakening to how spectators are choosing to experience live events. The photo below was taken by John Blanding from the Boston Globe on 15 September 2015 at the premiere of  the movie Black Mass at the Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline, Massachusetts. The photo shows spectators snapping photos of actors as they arrive at the theatre. However, there is one gray-haired lady that stands out from the crowd. No ...