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December / January 2017

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By @samdemuro 5 reasons DIGITAL BUZZ Acronyms to Know Keep on top of what the kids are saying: A M A – Ask Me Anything C Y F – Check Your Facebook F 2 F – Face to Face I D C – I Don't Care M T F – More to Follow Q O T D – Quote of The Day T I L – Today I Learned to get Educator content from the new 1. M O D E R N D E S I G N : A fresh, responsive design makes articles easy to read from your desktop, phone or tablet. Streamlined typography and visuals offer distraction-free reading experiences. 2. I N T E R A C T I V E : Use a single online form to submit your general comments and questions, stories, photos and videos. (Each arti- cle allows for individual feedback.) 3. G E T S O C I A L : Easily share articles, and keep up-to-date with CTA social media in the Connect section. 4. F E AT U R E D C O N T E N T : While important stories lead the site, news and timely information are prominently displayed. 5. A C C E S S T O O N L I N E I S S U E S : Still prefer the full issue online? Find the current and past issues with one click. Twitter Does a 280 The 140-character social media platform has offi- cially doubled the character limit to 280. Some pros and cons of the change that educators should keep in mind: Pros • M O R E U S E R S — Those constrained by 140 may now jump in. More users = more chances to meet people and increase your following! • C R E AT I V I T Y — More ways to make your tweets stand out. For example, using spaces to break up text can add a different look to your tweet. • F E W E R A B B R E V I AT I O N S — No more scratching your head trying to figure out acro- nyms or awkwardly shortened words. Cons • L O S E S I N T E G R I T Y — 140 made Twitter unique, and getting your message out in 140 is a specialized skill set. • B O R I N G T W E E T S — We may see tweets that could have been more concise and read- able. More space may make users lazier and less witty. Caption Contest! Head to and find "Fun" under the Topics tab to create your own caption for this GIF. Enter as often as you wish until Jan. 20, 2018. The funniest or most original caption writer will win CTA swag and bragging rights. And check the site regularly for more contests. 13 D E C E M B E R 2 017 / J A N U A R Y 2 018 D I G I T A L B U Z Z I

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