Thursday, September 10

The DS Twittersphere




I’m thrilled to see that DS is starting to embrace Twitter as a networking tool for connecting and communicating with our students and community. Twitter is the place to be if you'd like to read about exciting events going on in the district @DS_Schools and on the athletic fields @DSRaidersSports. Follow @DS_FineArts and you’ll be well informed about the news & events happening in the K-12 Fine & Performing Arts Department  The tweets sent out by John Smith @DSHeadmaster and Annie Dever-Keegan @deverkeegan provide us with links to articles on valuable topics in education as well as keeping us informed about exciting DSHS happenings. Listed below are a few of the Twitter accounts (that I know about) that can connect you to our school and district. If you, your club or department has a Twitter presence and would like to be added to the list, please let me know.



Twitter can be used in the classroom to tweet out reminders to students and to keep parents informed on classroom news and events. What I like best about Twitter is the ability to make global connections with other educators. These educators share their resources, ideas, and opinions on most any educational topic imaginable. Twitter is, without a doubt, the most valuable component of my Personal Learning Network (PLN).


Please let me know if you’d like to learn more about Twitter. I can help you set up an account and organize your Twitter feed (using lists). Once you've had the opportunity to connect with educators in the community and from around the globe, you too will have a PLN to brag about.


Additional Reading:
Lori's Diigo Public Library  (once in Diigo, select the Twitter tag for additional articles about Twitter)

Wednesday, September 2

YouTube Slideshows


With our district's Google Apps for Education license, it's easy to create a photo slideshow in YouTube. Students and teachers can simply log in to their school Google account and create a slideshow with music and annotations. Unlike Animoto which has a 30 second time limit (for the free version), the YouTube limitation is 15 minutes (which is usually too long to hold anyone's attention!).

The steps are pretty basic:


  1. Save images in your Google Drive or on your computer (hard drive or network).
  2. Log into your YouTube account:


The following instructional video outlines the steps needed to create a YouTube slideshow.