California Educator

October 2016

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By @samdemuro How would Abe Lincoln have stood out on Twitter? Would social media have propelled the voices of women who were often historically in the background? Apart from helping to engage students in important content (such as speeches and documents), this is a good exercise in determining main points and platforms, branding, poetry, and concepts and catchphrases that resonate. Students can use cool tools to jazz up these social media campaigns, such as Recite, Canva and Adobe Spark , which let you create appealing visuals (shown are examples created with Recite, above, and Canva, left). They are free, with some premium features. TRENDING Users are creating photo col- lages in Instagram and other apps of three fictional characters they identify with (from T V, movies and books), such as the example above. Try making your own, or challenge your students by using #3Characters. Mixing History and Social Media e mega-success of the musical Hamilton, where Cabinet meetings turn into freestyle rap battles, has many educators thinking about how historical figures and political campaigns might have fared in 2016. GLOSSARY: #MondayMotivation and #WednesdayWisdom These hashtags trending on Twitter are where users share inspirational quotes and links, often about education. Teachers can use these themes to start their Mondays and Wednesdays, get students to submit their own, etc. What's Your Superpower? #OurVoiceOurUnion #WeAreCTA For our full social media directory, see connect with us! wearecta @WeAreCTA californiateachers @WeAreCTA Watch this #Yeson58 video, 13 October 2016 digital buzz in the know Source: EdSurge "IT IS TRUE THAT IN THE ORGANIZATION OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THIS QUESTION OF SLAVERY WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY OTHER." — ABE LINCOLN

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