19 ways to use Twitter in the classroom

By Carol Tonhauser

Using Twitter in the classroom is one of the most discussed tech-related topics concerning today’s classroom. But where does one begin? There just are so many ways to integrate the social media service into a lesson plan. Well, here are a few tips to get you started!

1) Follow a #tag relevant to your lesson plan For example, you could follow #poetry in your English class.

2) Create and promote your own #tag (ex. #schoolnameFrench11)This can be a great way to encourage discussion around a specific topic.

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Elementary route student RJ Willms wins Youth Citizen of the Year Award in Red Deer

RJ Willms, a third-year Faculty of Education student (elementary route) at the U of A, has won the city of Red Deer's Youth Citizen of the Year Award.

The award serves as recognition of the great work he has been doing in his community. From working with Catholic Social Services in assisting youth with FASD and severe autism to setting up a registered charity designed to help immigrants and the disadvantaged, Willms has demonstrated that he truly cares for the well-being of those who live in his community.

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EdTech Services wins Information Technology Innovation Award

Given out annually by the Office of the Vice-Provost (Information Technology), the Information Technology Innovation Award is bestowed upon one academic person, non-academic person or team for their innovative use of hardware and/or software technology in support of research, teaching, administration and/or the campus experience.

This year, the Faculty of Education’s own Ed Tech Services was tapped as the winner of the notable accolade.

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How to successfully navigate spring and summer courses

Carley Christianson, PhD RPsych director of student support, Undergraduate Student Services

If you’ve decided to dive into spring and summer courses instead of hanging out by the pool for the next few months, you need to know what you’re getting yourself into.Successfully navigating your way through spring and summer courses can be very different than you imagine because of the highly compressed nature of these terms.Before jumping in with both feet, you may want to know and/or do the following.

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An unexpected path to math equals a rare teaching opportunity

Scotty Olsen, ’10 BEd, showed up to a teaching interview covered head-to-toe in finger paint and landed his dream job.

The interview took place in summer 2011 at Tim Hortons during a two-hour break between his YMCA day camp job and his evening bartender shift.

“Apparently the impression they got was ‘He’s a worker. This guy’s willing to do anything,’” says Scotty, now in his second year teaching high school at Kitaskinaw School on the Enoch Cree Nation Reserve, west of Edmonton.

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Jerrold Kachur wins 2013 Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

Sometimes it takes a cup of tea and some honest conversation.

That’s part of Dr. Kachur’s approach – an integral part of higher learning that he admired when teaching in Istanbul at Boğaziçi University in the Department of Educational Sciences.

Perhaps it’s this extra time, this room for reflection, that in part led to Dr. Kachur’s recent 2013 Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Instituted in 2011, the award recognizes full time academic staff members’ efforts in providing and promoting outstanding education.

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Carla Peck wins 2013 Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

“I wanted my students to leave my classes not just better informed, but more prepared to relinquish the safety of silence, more prepared to speak up, to act against injustice wherever they saw it. This, of course, was a recipe for trouble.” Howard Zinn

My first email correspondence with Dr. Carla Peck had this quote appended. It moved me right away, as I’m sure it does her students. It speaks to a feisty tenacity and belief in social justice – core to her teaching philosophy.

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Spring 2013 | Class Notes

Jeannine Abrams, BEd ’09. Jeannine graduated with her Bed degree in 2009 and was able to secure a FT job with the Evergreen Catholic School Division within 9 months of graduating. “They offered me a permanent position the following year and that’s where it started 4 years earlier. I have taught grade 1 my first interim year and then was offered permanent in grade 2 for the past 3 years (with the exception of 10 months maternity leave that I just returned from in January).

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