Social Media: An Essential Tool for K-12 Classrooms
Presented by Lisa Nielsen, Director of Digital Literacy and Citizenship at the New York City Department of Education, and author of The Innovative Educator, an award-winning blog

While there are some educators who feel the best advice when it comes to social media is to stay away, Lisa Nielsen disagrees. She tells teachers that if they’re not using social media, they're not doing their job. The role of today’s educator is to prepare students to thrive in the world in which they live. In today’s world, if you want to run a business, run for office, or change the way things are run where you live, play, or work, you must be savvy in the use of social media. If we do not ensure our kids are equipped to do so responsibly and effectively, we are robbing them of the real and relevant education they deserve. In our community’s next webinar, Lisa will share how educators are using social media such as Facebook and Twitter both as a powerful tool for professional development as well as how to use it as a vehicle for student learning. Find out how one teacher uses Facebook with first graders to strengthen the home school connection, and how another uses Twitter with second graders to increase tourism in their community. Discover how schools are using social media to share the stories of their classroom with the world and even use it as tool to increase enrollment.  Join Lisa on January 29th to get some great ideas on how to use social media for teaching and learning in your school or district.

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