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This morning I am meeting with a school that I am helping with a social media campaign.  They want to use Twitter and Facebook as a way to reach the community, create bonds between classrooms and give parents a peak into the school day.  I started with a Paper Tweetup, you can read more about that here.  Today I am meeting with the school communication manager.  She runs the school Twitter account.  This account is used to share school news and to retweet (RT) things that the classrooms are tweeting about. Here are the tools I am sharing: Group Tweet– This turns a standard Twitter account into a group communication hub where members can post updates to everyone in the group using direct messages.  When the group receives a direct message from a group member, Group tweet converts it to a tweet everyone in the group can see.  This is a great way for classrooms within a school to communicate and share.  It is also a nice way to organize classrooms from other districts, teacher teams, or parents. http://paper.li Turns Twitter and Facebook into a daily newspaper.  The Newspaper can pull from a Twitter account, a hash tag (#), or from a list. Twibs– This helps you find local businesses on Twitter.  This is a helpful way for schools to connect with the local business community. Twuffer– is a service that lets you schedule future tweets.  This is great when you are using Twitter to promote school events, remind students of assignments or to send out messages during the summer or holiday months. Social Oomph– Another service that lets you schedule tweets.  You can  also create auto direct messages, auto follow and track keywords. Tweet Beep– This service is like a Google Alert, get Twitter alerts when people mention you (or a keyword). Mr Tweet– This is a way to begin networking on Twitter by finding others who share similar interests. Tweet Stats– This is a service that lets you graph your tweets, it is useful at-a-glance information to check out your Twitter use. Just Tweet It– is a service to help you find people on Twitter. I hope that is helpful!  What Twitter tools can you not live without?

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myHistro: timeline/story/map/picture mashups created by you!

Posted by admin | Posted in Analyze, Art, Create, Evaluate, Geography, Government, History, Knowledge (remember), Language Arts, Middle/High School, Science, Secondary Elementary, Social Studies, Teacher Resources, Understand (describe, explain), Virtual Field Trips, web tools, Web2.0, Websites | Posted on 23-10-2012

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What it is:  myHistro is a really great site (and app!) that lets students combine maps and timelines seamlessly into one great presentation of information and understanding.  myHistro is more than just data collection, it is a way to share stories.  With myHistro, students can create a rich timeline/map mashup complete with additional text, pictures and video.  The result is truly incredible!  It is easy to get started, just create an event and associate it with a time and place.  Events can be gathered together and turned into stories.  Stories, in turn, can be used together to create a collection.  Stories can be viewed in multiple ways, by events on a timeline, in chronological order with a page flip feature like an album, or as a story summary of chronological events.  Create as many events as you would like and add as many photos as you like, all for free!  The finished product can even be downloaded into Google Earth format for offline storage. Completed Histros can be embedded in other blogs and websites for maximum usability.

How to integrate myHistro into the classroom: myHistro has SO many uses!  At Anastasis, we just completed an inquiry unit on who we are.  myHistro was a perfect tie in for students exploring family histories, heritage and tradition.  Students could add pictures, and stories along with the interactive map of where events were taking place and a timeline where they could see it all unfold chronologically.  This is like a family tree on steroids. Pretty outstanding.  Even better? It ties directly into Geni (blogged about here).  

myHistro isn’t just for family trees.  It could be used for students mapping out history chronologically, mapping out a fictional story, creating a story map for their own writing, mapping how ideas and invention spread, looking at explorers, migration, etc.  As I said, the options are endless!

myHistro is collaborative, students can create projects together and even invite parents to join in the learning.  Pretty cool!

As a teacher, you can ditch the text book and help students really visualize that history in new ways.  A completed myHistro can be embedded in your class blog or website for students to access without having to visit multiple sites or login.

There are a number of fabulous myHistro stories that you can borrow to share with your students.  They can view these to learn more about events in history, or they can go on a fact checking mission to double check the validity of the stories created by others.  Definitely worth doing!

Tips: myHistro also happens to be an app.  Find it in the iTunes store.  This can be your first download on your new iPad mini 😉

Leave a comment and tell us how you are using  myHistro in your classroom.

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Comments (2)

Dear Mrs. Tenkely,
I really enjoyed reading your blog post. I actually went and checked out the website. I felt as though it was really help through matching the maps. I have a lot of trouble with geography in general and I feel like this would really help me. I cannot wait to try and incorporate this into my classroom. I feel like it will be interesting and fun for students to learn to use and find out where they came from. I may actually get the App on my phone.
Thank you for your great post and I enjoyed reading it!

Dear Mrs. Tenkely,
I have really enjoyed reading your blog post and find it extremely interesting. I feel that this site will be very useful to me due to the fact that I will be taking Geography coming up. I have already gotten the App and I am ready to try it out. I find that this will also be useful in my classroom. I feel as though this will show students that history is fun to learn and it is all related to us. They can also do fun things like find their heritage. Thank you for this great post and I look forward to using it.

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