California Educator

August / September 2017

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By @samdemuro We Meme It Snaps From NEA RA Snapchat in Class Snapchat, a light- hearted, fun tool to interact with others and tell a story, is the most popular social media platform among teens. It can be useful for educators, too. Some ways to incorporate it in and outside of class: • Remind students of assignments and share relevant content. (One- way communication is allowed, so no need to add students for them to see your snaps.) • Easily annotate text or draw on your snaps. • Follow other snapchatting educators to grow your professional learning network and see how they use Snapchat. • Model digital citizenship. (Some students use Snapchat to send inappropriate photos/videos because they can disappear after a short time.) • Let students create content and teach you how they use Snapchat. Delegates have fun with CTA filters at July's NEA Representative Assembly in Boston. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: @mr_sanchez951 @magacenas @only1latinastar @jessgirliegirl Find CTA on Snapchat at wearecta. Beating the Drum In December 2014, the Educator featured James Van Buren, director of Grant Union High School's high-flying drumline. Since then, "Mr. V " and the 15-member drumline have traveled the world and performed on national T V — and the group is now led entirely by girls. Van Buren, Twin Rivers United Educators, also teaches at Grant High, located in one of Sacramento's more challenging neighborhoods. He's received kudos for helping change students' lives through the discipline of practice and performance, and dispelling crippling attitudes that impede success. The drumline's current goal is to perform at Oprah Winfrey 's Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Watch their video message to Winfrey at James Van Buren with leaders of the drumline. 13 A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 017 D I G I T A L B U Z Z I #OurVoiceOurUnion #WeAreCTA For our full social media directory, see connect with us! wearecta @WeAreCTA californiateachers @WeAreCTA WeAreCTA

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