One of my all-time favorite twitter handles to follow is @Graphite which provides direction and ideas of “how to” immerse technology into one’s growing pedagogy. This resource shares with educators great resources for Apps and websites that cross over every grade level, content, and student learning topics, such as student engagement, collaboration, inquiry, research, writing, speaking & listening, plus specifics for ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science. It is a service that is FREE and provided by Common Sense Media who aim to foster digital learning in education at schools and home. This organization is much more than just digital connections –it includes movie and book reviews, tools for educators and parents, and digital literacy & citizenship to prepare students their digital footprint creation. Check out this brief video clip that will introduce you to Graphite and Common Sense Media.
If you follow me @NoBigShakes, you will notice my re-tweets and favorites for @Graphite tweets. If I have not convinced you yet to join Twitter or at least check out Graphite.org - more features may convince you about @Graphite that will make it a digital must-go-to for you. With Graphite, teachers review and rate the Apps, you may even create your own bulletin board, write notes about App Flows and lesson design, plus follow other tech savvy educators. In learning more about @Graphite – read the blog post by Kellie Ady of Cherry Creek School District who is a Graphite user and advocate or watch this video clip on App Flow to better understand how digital immersion can take place in your instructional practice.
If you are not on Twitter, get on it or check out Graphite’s website to learn more. Two of my favorite tweets from 2015 from @Graphite Apps include:
Some other great resources to check out include: Teacher Toolkit 2015, Inspiring App Flows, and Data Driven Instruction to just name a few. So, if interested in knowing my other re-tweets of @Graphite, follow me @NoBigShakes and review my tweet history and even better join Twitter and follow @Graphite.
About the Author: Dana Faye Serure is a member of the IES Team as a Staff Development Specialist and Curriculum Coordinator for E2CCB Alternative Education and Special Education programs. Her major work focuses on Social Studies, literacy across the content areas, and research in education. Be looking for upcoming literacy and digital workshops in February plus Social Studies Mondays in March. For Social Studies Framework implementers, check out professional learning in Part 3 of Social Studies Implementation coming in April and May.
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