Final Presentation – Social Media Tools

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75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can’t Name the First President of the U.S.

Sep 16, 2009 12:17 PM CDT

<em>Wednesday, September 16, 2009 1:17 PM EST</em>Updated:
Oct 06, 2009 9:54 AM CDT

<em>Tuesday, October 6, 2009 10:54 AM EST</em>

OKLAHOMA CITY — Only one in four Oklahoma public high school students can name the first President of the United States, according to a survey released today.

The survey was commissioned by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs in observance of Constitution Day on Thursday.

The Oklahoma City-based group enlisted national research firm, Strategic Vision, to access students’ basic civic knowledge.

Brandon Dutcher is with the conservative think tank and said the organization wanted to find out how much civic knowledge Oklahoma high school students know.

“They’re questions taken from the actual exam that you have to take to become a U.S. citizen,” Dutcher said.

A thousand students were surveyed by telephone and given 10 questions drawn from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services item bank. Candidates for U.S. citizenship must answer six questions correctly in order to become citizens.

About 92 percent of the people who take the citizenship test pass on their first try, according to immigration service data. However, Oklahoma students did not fare as well. Only about 3 percent of the students surveyed would have passed the citizenship test.

Dutcher said this is not just a problem in Oklahoma. He said Arizona had similar results, which left him concerned for the entire country.

“Jefferson later said that a nation can’t expect to be ignorant and free,” Dutcher said. “It points to a real serious problem. We’re not going to remain ignorant and free.”

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Once blocked, Twitter and other social media become classroom tools


Wauwatosa West juniors Allie Grabow (left) and Allie Meyer check Meyer’s Twitter update in teacher Chris Lazarski’s American Public Policy class at Wauwatosa West High School. Teachers like Lazarski are finding ways to have students engage on real-world social media platforms, but in an academic capacity.

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Wauwatosa West juniors Allie Grabow (left) and Allie Meyer check Meyer’s Twitter update in teacher Chris Lazarski’s American Public Policy class at Wauwatosa West High School. Teachers like Lazarski are finding ways to have students engage on real-world social media platforms, but in an academic capacity.

More learning encouraged in 140-character bites

By Monique Collins and Erin Richards of the Journal Sentinel
Dec. 1, 2013

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A list of tweets are projected in Wauwatosa West teacher Chris Lazarski’s American Public Policy class at Wauwatosa West High School.


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A list of tweets are projected in Wauwatosa West teacher Chris Lazarski’s American Public Policy class at Wauwatosa West High School.

Taxation, representation and slavery were up for debate recently at Wauwatosa West High School, where juniors engaged in a multi-day, in-class simulation of the first Constitutional Convention in 1787.

With a modern twist.

“I hope that today’s debate ends with a decision on how representatives are chosen,” Andrew Gleason typed on Twitter.

“More than one executive is not common sense. Only one!” contributed Deon Ellis.

“I have decided to have Ben Franklin run as my VP in 2016,” Garrick Gesell punched in.

Teenagers using social media is nothing new. But in-class use of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube traditionally have been discouraged in most K-12 schools, seen as a distraction from real learning at best and a red-flag privacy concern at worst.

That’s starting to change in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

Chris Lazarski, the teacher of the American Public Policy class at Tosa West, persuaded school administration this year to unblock the sites so he could incorporate social media into his lessons, aiming to teach students to use Twitter for serious research and discussion.

In the process, Lazarski believes, he’s better engaging students and reinforcing responsible use of the online tools that have become part of the fabric of modern society.

Lazarski’s students said they enjoy using Twitter in the classroom as a way to engage with their peers and other students around the nation.

“You can see how the other students feel about what we’re learning,” Regina Kautzer said. “You can see what other students at different schools are thinking about what’s going on in the world, and you can compare how you feel with how they feel.”

While many teachers use social media sites created specifically for schools with heavy privacy controls, more educators such as Lazarski are teaching students to engage with the same tools they use in their social life in a more professional and academic capacity.

“I found that students were using Twitter in a very specific way and for a very specific purpose,” Lazarski said. “They were not exploring the more useful or more interesting aspects of Twitter.”

Lazarski thought about using Twitter as an educational tool after he stumbled across KQED, an alternative media site based in San Francisco. The organization’s Do Now program encourages students to use social media tools to keep up with current events. Lazarski began using the program this fall.

“This seemed like a meaningful way to engage students in current event discussions,” Lazarski said. “It also seemed like a format that could be used to teach students how to use Twitter in a meaningful way.”

Lazarski said he uses Twitter to engage students in discussion about the weekly Do Now posts and activities.

Students’ tweets are regularly featured in pieces on the KQED Education blog. Caleb Boldt, a junior at Wauwatosa West, was quoted in a piece on the recent government shutdown by Matthew Williams, the educational technologist at KQED.

Abbey Jones and Kautzer, both juniors in Lazarski’s American Public Policy class, started using Twitter only when it was assigned in class. Neither uses much social media outside the classroom, saying it distracts from their schoolwork and extracurricular activities.

Both students agree, however, that using Twitter has enhanced their classroom experience.

“It helps us learn,” Jones said. “Not only do we get to express our viewpoints, but we get to see what other students are talking about.”

Jones said the tweets from other students can be revelatory.

“A lot of the time, students will tweet things that I never would have thought of,” she said.

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Interview with Mary Smith

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How to create a website shortcut on a mobile device

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What Most Schools Don’t Teach

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Mari Smith’s Social Media Tips

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10 Pinterest Tips and Tools To Help Grow Your Business

Written on May 24, 2013 by Mari Smith


10 Pinterest Tips and Tools To Help Grow Your Business

[Guest blog post by Lilach Bullock]: With 48.7 million users, Pinterest is one of the top online social networks. Yet many business owners are still not sure about Pinterest; they are afraid to venture into more than one or two social networks, preferring instead to stick to the social media king and queen: Facebook and Twitter.

However, Pinterest is practically made for businesses – especially product-based businesses. It’s probably the only major online social network where people actually expect (and actively look for!) images of different products, with the price tag included, and many of these users are also ready to buy. Although this alone makes Pinterest perfect for businesses, here are a few other stats that definitely sustain this theory:

  • pins with price tags included get 36% more likes than those that don’t,
  • 69% of Pinterest users have found at least one item that they’ve bought or wanted to buy,
  • 80% of users are women (I know, from personal experience, us women love to buy stuff!), and
  • the average American Pinterest user spends 1 hour and 17 minutes on the website.

I would go as far as to say that Pinterest is a new type of social online shopping experience that is most probably here to stay.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, Pinterest is great for product-based businesses, such as those in the retail industry: fashion, food, furniture, art of all kinds etc. But, this doesn’t mean that services can’t get great results as well. I work in the services industry and have been using Pinterest successfully to market my business and my blog.

[Cork board image with note paper and push pin from Shutterstock].

As Pinterest gets more and more users every day, lots of different tools and features pop up to help businesses grow, by making it easier to increase your traffic and leads. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of Pinterest:

1. Set up a Pinterest Business account

First things first, you should consider opening up a business account on Pinterest. This isn’t completely necessary, but it’s definitely recommended if you plan to sell products via Pinterest. Simliar to Facebook, a Pinterest business page will make your profile look more professional and more credible.

2. Use tools to help

As a huge fan of social media tools, I was very excited to see lots of developers creating their own tools for Pinterest. Without them, I would probably not be able to keep up with all the different social networks I have to use in order to make sure my business gets noticed.

There are tools for anything you might need:

  • try Piqora for a more complete Pinterest dashboard (including analytics and pin scheduling),
  • Pinstamatic if you want your boards to be more fun and exciting,
  • use Pinpuff if you want to calculate your influence, and
  • check Repinly regularly to keep up to date with the most popular pins and boards.

If you are thinking of opening up your own Pinterest store to sell your products, take a look at Shopinterest – you’ll be able to set up shop in a matter of minutes.

3. Check Pinterest Analytics regularly

In order to get the best results, you need to check your analytics regularly. Pinterest offers its own analytics (I’ve found that the stats are not the most up-to-date). This allows you to track how many people have been pinning from your website and how many people have viewed your pins. You can also get a glimpse into what’s trending on Pinterest by checking the “most repinned” list. With this information you can then create better boards and start pinning more relevant pins to your target audience.

4. Make your website “pinnable”

If you want people to start pinning from your website (which is an incredibly efficient way of spreading the word about your business) then you have to make your website and blog very visual.  It can be challenging to find unique and “pinnable” images on a regular basis.

Many amateur and professional photographers license their work with the Creative Commons license, which means that you can use theses images so long as you provide credit and don’t use the images for commercial purposes. The great part is that these images are often more interesting and exciting than regular stock photos, while also being free! Make sure that you always give credit where it’s due.

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My City, Iasi

This is my home city. I was born and raised in Romania in a small city called Iasi.  I am proud of it and the people that live in here. I meet my husband when I was 26 years old, we got married in 2009 June and we moved to United States.  This video I posted on youtube, remind me of my home, my family and everything connected with my existence in this world.  I have friends in USA , I am going to school and I have a job that I love (working with animals)  but……..  I still miss my home.

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Students Addicted To Technology

Have you ever felt a phantom cell phone vibration in your pocket? Do you instinctively whip out your phone or tablet when even the slightest bit bored? Turns out that’s how most students feel when it comes to technology: completely addicted.

The always-connected and always-on world of social media and technology is only expanding which means this addiction is only going to get worse. This new infographic by does a clever job of showing some of these scary statistics. For example, 38% said they couldn’t even go 10 minutes without switching on some sort of electronic device.

However, it’s not yet really known if all this technology is helping or hurting the long-term education of students and their well-being. What do you think? Is this technology addiction a good thing, bad thing, or something different? Weight in on the conversation now on the Edudemic Facebook page and share your thoughts!

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