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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy's Private School Blog

6 Tips For Using Linkedin

LinkedIn, for those not familiar with it, is a social media platform that's specifically geared toward professionals looking to make connections. You can create a profile, join groups, and add friends just like any other social media page, but on LinkedIn you can also list your job history and skills, and link to your online portfolio. While you can use it for socializing, LinkedIn is a place that's meant to help you grow a professional network so you can make connections that will let you land a better job.

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Parent's Guide and Tutorial for Twitter

At Sewickley Academy we’ve seen steady growth in the number of our students who use Twitter. We’ve also seen a decrease in the number of our students who are participating on Facebook - maybe it’s because of the increase in the number of their parents and grandparents who are now using Facebook.
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A Teacher's Interest in Pinterest

I have seen a lot of articles and blogs talking about Pinterest– why people are using it, how people are using it, and the benefits of it as social media.  Pinterest was one of my first attempts to use social media in my classroom, and I approached it as an experiment to see how I might make these crafty bulletin boards work for my students.

Over the last ten years, I curated a categorized list of content-related resources on my teaching website.  As the years passed, the list grew, many links died, and student traffic slowed dramatically.  I suspect that the latter happened because students gained proficiency with search engines—and search engines improved their ability to target results, even with a poorly-worded query.  I also found that students looked at the first link or two and stopped searching.  Ultimately, students were not as interested in following my suggestions as they were to find it on their own. This pleased me because it showed that students are becoming more independent learners online.  It was also concerning because not all students who explore on their own are prepared to evaluate websites effectively.  In an effort to guide student research, spark interest in the topics, and provide students the opportunity to search and discover, I decided that Pinterest was worth a try.

Below, I describe the goals of my Pinterest boards, as well as some welcomed surprises.

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Topics: Social Media

S. E. Hinton Tweets to 7th Grade English Class: “Good Thinking”

 

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Six Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Kids

For the last seven years I’ve served as the Academy’s unofficial school photographer. Taking pictures of everything from the first day of school to graduation and everything in between – I feel like I’ve watched some of our students grow up through my viewfinder!

While I’m not formally trained, and still consider myself quite a novice when it comes to photography, I’ve clicked that shutter button no less than 2,000 times on my trusty Nikon, and thought that the following tips might help you the next time you want to capture better photos of your kids!

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A Social Media Reality Check

The entire Sewickley community recently had the opportunity to hear from Jesse Miller, a Canada-based expert on the use of social media by young people. Mr. Miller taught us all, parents, students and faculty alike, about appropriate and self-affirming uses of social media while reminding us that social media, by its nature a public, sharing, open form of media, can expose us to being perceived differently than we see ourselves or mean to be seen.

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9 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Classroom

It’s overwhelming to think about packing up the summer, heading back to the classroom, and adding a new instructional strategy to your already overflowing toolbox. Yet, ostensibly, you are a fairly proficient computer user who dabbles in social media (you’re reading this blog, right?), so you are curious about how it might fold into your curriculum. I apply social media in my classroom to help students view it as something that can–and will–influence their academic and professional life, hence the value of its responsible and ethical use. Here are nine strategies–one for each month of school– for incorporating social media into your classroom in ways that can encourage critical thinking through analysis and engagement.

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