California Educator

November / December 2016

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By @samdemuro #OurVoiceOurUnion #WeAreCTA For our full social media directory, see connect with us! wearecta @WeAreCTA californiateachers @WeAreCTA Glossary FOMO: "Fear of missing out." For some, social media is thought to cause FOMO anxiety, because it's a public way for others to display how much fun they're having (and you're not). NSFW: "Not Safe For Work" is an important term for educators to know. It's typically used to identify videos, articles, text messages, etc., to let the user know it contains something sensitive that may not be appropriate to open at a formal environment like work or class. ICYMI: "In Case You Missed It." TBH: " To Be Honest." TFW: " That Feeling When." Subtweet: A "subtle" and manipulative form of bullying where the bully tweets about a person but doesn't reveal the person's name, making it difficult to hold the bully accountable. Can be done on all social media platforms. Troll: A social media user who goes out of their way to be deliberately offensive and obnoxious, with a goal to incite others. Meme of the Month A Teacher's Impact California Casualty (CTA's endorsed auto and home insurance carrier) and SoulPancake partnered to produce a video of five educators discussing the challenges of teaching. Four are CTA members: Ibrahim Belou, Amber J. Hall and Melissa J. Soto, Glendale Teachers Association, and Tracy A. Kooy, Santa Monica-Malibu Classroom Teachers Association. The group talks about whether they are having an impact on students. " You have times where you ask yourself, 'Why am I exerting all this effort?' " says Belou. The educators are surprised as their students come in to answer the question in inspir- ing fashion. See the video at — and enter California Casualty 's "Drive Focused" contest to win a 2017 Ford Focus. O N L I N E Scavenger Hunts Internet scavenger hunts are a great way to for students to learn how to hone their Web-searching skills, and to find information and solve problems. For example, a teacher could present students with a specific topic, such as " The Rosetta Stone"; students are allowed a set time to search the Web for information on the topic, or the best website that meets the given criteria. Students then write up an evaluation for class discussion. For older students, an educator could create a hashtag specific to the scaven- ger hunt, and ask students to use the hashtag as they find clues. and others have various scavenger hunts for classroom use. Feel free to sub in "copy machine" or "laptop cart" at your pleasure. 13 November / December 2016 digital buzz in the know Ibrahim Belou's basketball team thanks him for his help on and off the court.

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