05 Jan

Top 10 Education Hashtags to Follow on Twitter

Twitter is a great way to stay current and get new ideas in education. If you have a Twitter account, periodically check these hashtags and be sure to follow NEIU on Twitter as well. For example, a quick #edchat search pulled up this story on Twitter:

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Some popular tags:

  1. #edchat
  2. #K12
  3. #learning
  4. #edleadership
  5. #edtech
  6. #engchat
  7. #literacy
  8. #scichat
  9. #mathchat
  10. #edreform

There are plenty more which special in addition areas– gifted education, special education–but these are some that NEIU monitors on a daily basis.

Do you have others to add to this list that you find useful as an educator?

22 Nov

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04 Oct

8 Digital Formative Assessment Tools to Improve Motivation

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In “8 Digital Formative Assessment Tools to Improve Motivation” Ohio district administrator Bryan Drost offers formative assessment tools to help teachers check for students’ understanding.

Digital formative assessment tools can help you motivate students to practice learning goals as a natural and ongoing part of their daily workflow.

Here are eight FREE tools he recommends:

  • Padlet www.padlet.com is a virtual wall on which students can express thoughts on a topic. It’s also possible to embed audio and video and have students join a threaded discussion.
  • Recap https://app.letsrecap.com is a video-based assessment tool that allows teachers to pose a question, have students respond with a short video recorded on a cell phone, and then get feedback.
  • Today’s Meet https://todaysmeet.com allows students to engage in live “backchannelling” while a classroom activity or video is taking place.
  • Active Prompt http://activeprompt.org allows teachers to upload any image and ask students a question about it; students move a dot on their device to indicate their answer.
  • Flubaroo www.flubaroo.com is a plug-in for Google Sheets that allows teachers to quickly score student quizzes.
  • Nearpod and Pear Deck www.nearpod.com and https://www.peardeck.com allow teachers to embed interactive assessments into a slide deck and get student responses via their cell phones.
  • Quizlet Live http://quizlet.live allows students to practice teamwork and communication skills while the teacher checks for understanding.
26 Sep

Use #EdChat on Twitter for “Micro-learning” Professional Development

If you’re on Twitter, check out hashtag #edchat for an eclectic mix of educational news and updates relevant for parents, teachers and administrators. “Micro-learning” professional development in 140 characters offers an array of information on topics that include instruction, technology, assessment and more. For example, a quick search of the hashtag pulls up the following tweets:


Unsure where to start?

If you’re new to Twitter, here’s an overview on how the #echat hashtags (and similar ones such as #edtech or #K12) can be a great way to expand your knowledge and gain valuable insights into education.

Need even more help? Visit IU19 and suggest a “how to set up Twitter for education” video tutorial in the IU19 Question/Suggestion Box.