Looking for great resources on the web to stay connected about the educational issues that matter most? Here are ten Facebook pages to like and subscribe to:
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is a nonprofit organization for educators and education leaders. It serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world. Their membership is one great way for educators to connect with peers, share knowledge and ideas, and help lead the transformation of education. The organization also offers ed tech resources to help with professional learning of educators and educational leaders.
Edutopia is a website managed by the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). It is considered a thought leader in education, focusing on research and technology while advocating for the innovative ways to keep students engaged and prepare them for their future. Something worth mentioning and looking into is their series titled “Schools That Work”, which profiles K-12 schools, districts, and programs that are improving the ways in which students learn.
3. Education Week
Education Week is American educational newspaper. Their reporters, researchers, and bloggers cover U.S. wide education news and issues from preschool through to post-secondary education. The newspaper publishes 37 issues a year, three of them special annual reports (Quality Counts, Technology Counts, and Diplomas Count).
A Facebook Page for information about how educators can best use the social network. It would be hard to integrate it into student learning since many school boards block access to it on their networks.
5. Free Technology for Teachers
The name is rather self-explanatory for this page, but Free Technology for Teachers is an excellent resource for today’s connected teacher to utilize cost-free technology in the classroom. However, just this year, the social network announced that has been collaborating with schools in Madrid, Barcelona and The Education Foundation to create a new Facebook for Educators Guide in Spain. So anything is possible.
6. Scholastic Teachers
Scholastic Teachers focuses on literacy, as well as personal and cultural growth. This is a very active page with content ranging from in-depth thought provoking articles, to quick money-saving classroom tips.
TeachersCount is a non-profit organization whose mission is to give praise to teachers and provide resources to all those involved in the community. Using a national ad campaign and related initiatives, TeachersCount is working to create a permanent culture of teacher appreciation in the United States.
It seems almost too obvious to include a TED page in any “must follow” Facebook page list, but TED is an excellent source for “lessons worth sharing.” The focus is very broad, but this page’s generalities make it appealing to anyone interested in education.
MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to advancing digital and media literacy. It has been developing digital and media literacy programs and resources for Canadian educational institutions and homes since 1996. Through their work, they support adults with information and tools so they can help their students/children develop the critical thinking skills they need for interacting with the media they love.
10. HuffPost Education
The Huffington Post’s Education hub focuses on K-12 and is an excellent source for educators and education industry professionals. This page is an extension of the website news, but it’s an excellent addition to a Facebook news feed. You may also find resources and tips you can use in the classroom.
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