Tools to Stay in Touch Over Summer Break #ALsummersession

While relaxing is a critical part of summer, it’s also nice to keep in touch with friends and colleagues to share and hear about their activities and lives during break.

Not feeling overly social? You can still give your brain a fun workout exploring new ideas online!

Here are a couple ideas to get you started—simply login using your institution's method of access and check out the links below.

Staying Connected
Whether you are a social media newbie or an old pro, explore something new with this online resource that covers using Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and Picasa in your personal life—be it creating a family hashtag or sending gifts via Facebook.
Learn about Staying Connected!

Twitter
What can you really say in 140 characters or less? Turns out, quite a bit! Learn the basics on setting up an account and profile, then dig in with @mentions, #hashtags, lists, and much more. Try it out and you'll be hooked, or, in this case, twitterpated.
Learn about Twitter!

Pinterest
A visual bookmarking tool, Pinterest allows you to find, organize, and share links—from anywhere on the web—in one central location. From a DIY project for your home, to resources for upcoming classes, there's something for everyone on Pinterest!
Learn about Pinterest!

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This article is a part of an Atomic Learning special blog series dedicated to keeping the learning going all summer long by helping you learn something new with quick personal development tips!

Creative Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

In the recent article 13 Creative way to use Twitter in the Classroom, some great ideas of how to make Twitter work for you in the classroom are shared. Twitter can be an excellent way to incorporate social media into your course, while also reaching your students with a tool most of them may already be using. While the 13 items mentioned in the article are slightly more relevant in the K-12 setting, we felt these five ideas below can absolutely be used in Higher Education as well:

  • Summarize Your Lecture
    At the end of the class, ask your students to summarize whatever they perceived from the current lecture and tweet it at their profiles. This will allow you to evaluate the level of understanding within your students while improving their writing skills.
     
  • Message Students and Parents Directly
    Email filters and scans often make an important message end up in a trash folder. Through Twitter, you can easily direct your messages to the concerned person directly.
     
  • Tweet Important Dates and Assignments
    The most common method almost all educators are using is Twitter. It can be used for announcing assignments and important dates related to the lecture, homework, quizzes and assignments.
     
  • Ask Questions
    Post a revision question daily. You can also allocate bonus marks for the answer so that students take interest in responding to your request.
     
  • Generate A Discussion
    Try to involve your class in a general discussion, it could be course-related or a general discussion. It will help you connect with your students at a deeper level.

Looking forward to giving some of these a try, but need a little help with setting up a twitter account? Or need to know some twitter basics? Atomic Learning can help with the Twitter Basics Training and Twitter for Educators courses.

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What is a Hashtag?

Sometimes students seem to speak a language all their own. One example is use hashtags, a tagging system identified by use of the # symbol that was made popular by Twitter and has now migrated to other social media platforms, as well as into other written and verbal communications.

Infographic: Professors & Social Media

Are professors and instructors on your campus using social media? You might be surprised.

As the infographic below illustrates, college faculty are seeking out social media outlets for a variety of reasons, including for teaching purposes. If you are interested in learning more about social media tools, such as blogs, podcasts, twitter, and others and explore how they could be beneficial to faculty and students at your college or university, Atomic Learning can help!

Check out a sampling of our social media trainings.
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Infographic by BestCollegesOnline.com.