Steps Needed For Putting Social Media For Authentic Learning Into Action.

In this post, we will explore several types of technology, including social media used for learning, blogs, and wikis. We need to remember that although blogs and wikis, in some cases, predated social media, they are considered a part of social media.

When integrating social media to support authentic learning in the classroom or learning situation, we must first define what authentic learning experiences are. Authentic learning experiences are created around real-life, genuine purposes. They engage students in critical thinking and twenty-first-century learning, teach important skills such as research and collaboration, and improve student learning. Authentic learning can rely on technology to develop typical scenarios that learners encounter in real-world settings. Online authentic learning experiences often integrate asynchronous and synchronous communication and social media for teamwork, including collaborative online investigations, resource sharing and knowledge construction. Social media tools, such as blogs and wikis, can help learners find a broader community where they can share information and resources.

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7 Tips for Making Technology Integration More Human

Recently, I was speaking with a technology integration specialist (TIS) whose position is new for her district.  Her goal is to make it the norm for “teachers to be able to request TIS services for 1:1 coaching with any device or app or curriculum activity”.  She  is working to make both herself and the purpose of her position known, while generating ideas and trainings for teachers where technology-use lacks right now.  Continue reading 7 Tips for Making Technology Integration More Human

Selected to Present at the NSPRA 2017 National Seminar – Communicate, Collaborate, Connect!

I am thrilled to be selected to present at the NSPRA 2017 National Seminar – Communicate, Collaborate, Connect!

My presentation is “Working with the Local Cable Television Station – A School District’s Perspective”. Below is a brief description

Working with the local cable channels, school districts are reaching out not only to students and parents, but to staff and community members as well. The local education channel is keeping citizens tuned-in and informed about schools and their programs. Included: TV programs produced by districts in Massachusetts.

The annual National School Public Relations Association seminar will be in San Antonio, Texas from July 9-12, 2017

Social Media: The Perspective of School Leaders

Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are here to stay.  Join Anne-Marie Fiore, Dr. Linda Hirsch and Dr. Matthew Beyranevand to learn how you can manage these professionally in your district, school, or classroom. Participants will introduced to the use of social media to promote professional learning networks, a district perspective, and how to promote academics.

Presentation: Social Media Use in Chelmsford Public Schools


Using Social Media in the Chelmsford Public Schools 

  • Professional Use
  • Pro Social Use
  • District Perspective
  • Promoting Academics

Leading Future Learning, Holy Cross, March 11, 2016

  • Dr. Linda Hirsch, Assistant Superintendent of Schools @Dr_Hirsch
  • Anne-Marie Fiore, Executive Director of Technology and Information @Chelmstech
  • Dr. Matthew Beyranevand, Department Coordinator of Mathematics and Science, @Dr_Beyranevand & @MathwithMatthew