California Educator

September 2016

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GLOSSARY • Hashtag activism: Using social media and hashtags to promote social justice or educational issues, such as #YesOn55, #PublicEducation, #BlackLivesMaer. • Meme (pronounced "meem"): An idea, typically referencing something in pop culture, often a humorous image with text, that can be copied or re-created and spread rapidly by Internet users. #teachermeme of the month (actually two, to catch up on the opening months of school) By @samdemuro The Latest: Instagram Stories Inspired by Snapchat, these are temporary (unless you make them permanent) videos or photos strung together in a gallery that tells a story. They're meant to be fresh and fast. Exam- ples of classroom use: • Post a series of images/videos of student pre- sentations throughout the day. • Have one student per week create a Story (or be a co-creator depending on age) in the classroom to document a particular lesson or school event from their perspective. • Monday icebreaker: Use a fun question — "What is something you learned over the weekend?" "What is the story of your name?" "What is the funniest joke you know?" — and have students take turns answering it. A great way to encourage student voice. • Hold a contest with other classes for the most creative Instagram Story. • Break the class into small groups, give each a tablet (with class Instagram account already signed in), and have them come up with their own Story about a given topic. Social in the Summer Participants in the Communications Strand at CTA's Summer Institute (#CTASI16) show their support for Prop. 55. #Prop55 wearecta @WeAreCTA @WeAreCTA #OurVoiceOurUnion #WeAreCTA For our full social media directory, see californiateachers connect with us! 15 September 2016 digital buzz in the know

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