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Friday, March 11 • 9:45am - 10:30am
Leveraging Social Media as a Resource for Student Engagement and Learning

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Learn how to fully integrate social media into your curriculum through a student-centered, blended learning environment. In this session, participants will see how students use social media apps, webtools, tablets and iPads to enhance engagement and achievement. Participants will see how students at Platt High School use Twitter to conduct research, connect with their peers, and consult with academic experts from across the country as resources for their projects. For example, Platt High School seniors in a history class used Twitter as a research tool to explore Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in U.S. military veterans. In doing so, they take ownership over their learning by finding articles of interest to them before holding a group discussion. Participants can also learn how creating a hashtag for a current event enables students to hold a Twitter Chat to share insights in real time. For example, tweeting during a presidential debate connects, students with their peers, teachers, and even local journalists for a substantive conversation about the candidates.

This presentation will offer a variety of social media apps and webtools, as well as effective use of learning management systems used by teachers and students across many disciplines to promote anytime, anywhere learning. By creating a student centered learning environment that can help with rigor, critical thinking and increased student engagement, students will see social media as less of a distraction, and more as a resource for learning. This presentation is for the novice to the expert.

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James Flynn

James Flynn began his teaching career in 2003 at Orville H. Platt High School in Meriden, Connecticut. In 2009, he won the National Milken Educators Award for Connecticut. In 2013, Flynn represented Meriden Public Schools in San Antonio for the International Society for Technology... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am EST