Hashtags, Twitter and Tweet Deck for Teachers

If you are brand new to Twitter, this screen cast is a good place to start, right from how to sign up for a Twitter account and customize it to meet your needs. Beware: 25 minutes long but super easy to follow.

Hashtags are the search engine of the Twitterverse. Not just for tweeting out to the world where you are or a picture of your cappuccino. Connect with educators using hashtags on specific topics. Connect with educators in “chat groups”. Great 8 min. video below on using hashtags in education.


A sample of popular hashtags within the education community.

General Education

#k12 #edchat #teaching

Education Leadership

Connected Principals – #cpchat #edleaders #edadmin #edpolicy #edreform #msadmin

Check out the real authority for Twitter in Education as a PD Resource

Cybrary Man’s Educational Web Sites

Participate in Twitter Chats for learning.

Education Chats

Chat calendar weekly

2015-07-23_1913 2015-07-23_1917                                                                                           Use Tweet Deck and Hoot Suite (mobile device compatible) to keep track of it all.




Pinterest for Education

Pinterest. Not just a place to collect your decorating ideas!


The best things in education come from sharing among teachers.

1) Set up an account    https://www.pinterest.com

2) Set up a Board and add collaborators who can also add to the collection of ideas and links.

Setting up Pinterest Board

Search for boards and pins with the same or similar focus

Searching for boards and pins


Refine your search.

Refine search

Find something good? An image? A link to a blog? A link to a general website? You can Pin it to your board, visit the website and/or follow this person who pinned the “object (or idea) of your desire”.

Find something good?

Any topic in education … Do you know a teacher who needs resources and ideas? Are you an administrator who needs inspiration?  it’s there.2015-07-23_1431

Be forewarned of the Face Book Effect … it’s a Time Sucker!



Day 2 Reflection

Forewarning … today is a bit of a ramble …

“So mae_west1many  tech applications, so little time!”  Was that not what Mae West said?

A great day, rediscovering and learning the power of Google Drive, Forms, Slides, etc. after being behind the Great Firewall for so long. I have a better appreciation of the frustration our Google certified teachers experience when they come to work in China. Office 365 has potential to fill the void, but is not nearly as slick. My former IT director would gnash his teeth if he were to read this.

And, another rediscovery … the world of YouTube embedded video. A hard-to-reach resources from China, but now at my finger tips. Nothing like 6 years in a benevolent dictatorship to make me appreciate the treasures (and garbage) that democracy brings. Putting my money where my mouth is …

I visited the Joan Miro gallery behind the school this afternoon.

Next challenge is to figure out the Aurasma app by way of an “animated” birthday card for my mom tIMG_4470his weekend. As I dined on a tasty organic lunch at a wonderful restaurant near my house, I fantasized about how I could add taste and smell to an Aurasma creation.

Software in the cloud … thanks, Craig, for being ok with me taking a more “personal” slant on this project. I spent a chunk of time this afternoon investigating a “cloud” based project that I have been intrigued by for a while: “Sharing” my real time blood sugar with anyone who would care to know where I am on the scale from dangerously low to sticky, sweet high. Turns out there are a pile of people with diabetes or parents of kids with diabetes who have a penchant for software development and aren’t sitting around waiting for “big pharma” to develop commercial products. I joined a FaceBook group today of these devotees, did some research and was a tad disappointed to learn I need to get some additional hardware and cobble together a receiver (using a soldering iron – geesh) that would then pass on data to a smart phone (Android, not iOS – drat those garage engineers) before my CGM (continuous glucose monitor) data is shareable via the cloud. Certainly has rekindled my interest in biomedical engineering.

Hear me beeping? It's this gizmo. An insulin pump with an integrated continuous glucose monitor. I'm quite wired up with hardware. :-)

Hear me beeping? It’s this gizmo. An insulin pump with an integrated continuous glucose monitor. I’m quite wired up with hardware. 🙂

So, sticking with the personal and the “health” theme, I thought I’d do a bit of research and present on using Twitter for both education in professional development and for health in building “online communities” of support and advocacy. I’m a user more for the latter than the former. Today, via Twitter,  I (@tetheredexpat) introduced the BBC health reporter Tulip Mazunda (@tulipmazunda), who is reporting from Nigeria and Sierra Leone to the head of the Type 1 International advocacy (@T1International) and the head of the Nigerian Diabetes Online Community (@theNGdoc) with the idea that she might do a news piece about diabetes in Africa for World Diabetes Day in November. I would be stoked if she actually takes up this story idea. Through Twitter I’ve found an amazing international community of like minded, funny/irreverent and supportive individuals advocating for diabetes health, many of whom I hope to meet in person at the World Congress in Vancouver in December.

Lastly, with BBC lead story today of the new drug for treating Alzheimer’s, it has reminded me (poor choice of words) about my interest in finding out what exists either in “the cloud” or as an app for assisting those suffering from dementia with activities of daily living. My initial search came up with a disturbing finding. So mslider2any apps are designed to “entertain” the patient rather than help them. A child interviewed by Sherry Turkle in Alone Together, said, “don’t we have people to do that?” (when learning about the robotic seal used in Japanese senior citizens homes.) I did find something helpful. Talking Mats, an app for assisting those with communication struggles both old and young.

(Yes, I’m a BBC junkie.)

Lastly, thanks, Craig, for helping me figure out how to transfer all of my WordPress professional-educational posts and pages from my last school to my storage sites. Nice to know all that work of the past couple of years is not lost. And really lastly, you asked me to post the books I’ve been reading and thinking about:

Alone Together – Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other by Sherry Turkle, The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember by Nicholas Carr and one I want to read is the Circle by Dave Eggers.





Day 1 Reflection

Greetings from the basement/dungeon of Bellver College. Wide awake, well caffeinated and well chilled! Today was a a great hook with a sharing of the trends in Ed Tech. I really need to start following Free Tech for Teachers on a daily basis. So much good stuff. Today, I was particularly intrigued by the LiveScribe and the other “smart” pen, whose name escapes me, along with the AR tech, all presented by Craig.

My interests in Ed Tech are wide and varied, from the techie software side of things to the sociology and psychology of tech in education. My ed tech heros include George Curous, John Burns,  Dana Watts , Dave Warlick and Alan November.

Personally, I’m interested in tech integration for health, and would love to explore and experiment with media production.

Thanks for an interesting first day!