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Staying Current with Social Media

posted Sep 9, 2015, 3:41 AM by Wesley Akers
    I have always been hesitant to be overly visible on Facebook because I did not want my life or ideas to become too public. As I began my teaching career, I discovered many pages devoted to sharing teaching strategies, curriculum resources, and education current events. These Facebook pages have inspired my practice and passion for teaching. Once I started taking the INTE5665 course, I realized it is also important for me to share the resources I have found. Here are a few Facebook pages I find helpful for teachers trying to stay current and fresh.

Zinn Education Project: The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports teaching a people’s history. The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the use of Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States and other materials for teaching a people’s history in middle and high school classrooms.  By following this page, I have gained many resources for teaching history from multiple perspectives.

Rethinking Schools: Rethinking School is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to strengthening public education through social justice teaching & education activism.  This page provides me with current research and news articles about changes in public education policy and practice.

OpenEd: OpenEd provides teachers with access to the best educational resources (videos, games, and exercises), especially for finding the right resources for Common Core standards.  The OpenEd page hosts many resources I have used in my classroom.

Free Technology for Teachers: Teachers are provided with ideas for using free technology resources in their classrooms.  I like this page offers teachers quality technology resources for all classrooms and content areas.

Common Core: Common Core seeks to ensure that all students, regardless of their circumstance, receive a content-rich education in the full range of the liberal arts and sciences, including English, mathematics, history, the arts, science, and foreign languages.  By following the Common Core page, I can stay update with how the organization changes.