California Educator

August/September 2019

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Update your profile photo! When's the last time you updated your photo? Now's the time! A new profile photo will alert your audience that you're making a change. Camera shy? Create a fun Bitmoji instead. Follow your colleagues. Do you know who among your educator friends are using social media, especially for school-related stuff? Find out and follow them for classroom and lesson ideas. Participate in at least one Twitter chat or CTA conference online. There are various Twitter chats available for educators, like #NTChat #CAEdChat #HEchat and #EdTechChat. You can peruse these hashtags for good content to retweet, or use the hashtags if you have something to share. CTA uses hashtags for all our conferences, so whether you're attending in person or watching from afar, #WeAreCTA is always a great place to check out. Spend 10-20 minutes a day on the social media platform you want to utilize more. Set a timer! Whether it's scanning an education hashtag, spending some time on your Explore page, or retweeting a great tweet, dedicate some time during the day to use social media and be more active. Find out if your local CTA chapter is on social media. Reach out to see if your local has a Facebook group, hashtag, or other social media accounts. Follow and use your union hashtag whenever posting any related content. Decide if you want to use social media for professional development, play or both. Identifying how you want to use social media will help inform how to use it. Do you want to use social media to decompress or to find a cool lesson idea? Both are completely acceptable! Set yourself up for success this year W ant to increase your social media presence but just haven't had the time? Want to be able to more consistently post and connect with other educators online? Making realistic and tangible goals for social media will help set you up for success for the year. By @samdemuro Make sure you have a bio on Twitter and Instagram. Would you accept a friend on Facebook who has no information in their profile? Twitter and Instagram work the same way. Your bio is your elevator pitch, so tell your followers who you are and what your interests are in a few sentences. #SocialMediaGoals 13 A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 019 I D I G I T A L B U Z Z

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