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Hacking Twitter: Video and Social Media Engage All Learners

Check out the power of Twitter’s in-app video feature, which marries social networking and video–two irresistible digital learning tools.

Consider what you can do as a teacher with this amazing feature. Engage all students in learning in a variety of ways with video, which they love.

Create your own learning hacks today and post them to the Twitter hashtag #HackLearningSeries.

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3 Ways to Hack Teacher Time

Teacher time is a problem that needs to be hacked.

The Center for Teaching Quality recently considered the problem of teacher time. After discussing this problem, representatives from the CTQ challenged educators to consider major changes in how teacher time is handled in schools.

Here is what the CTQ suggests for creating more teacher time:

1. Redesign school schedules to prioritize learning for students and teachers

2. Promote teacher-driven Professional Learning Communities

3. Rethink classroom structures and needs

This infographic contains more details on these strategies. Are these reasonable solutions to the problem of teacher time? What stumbling blocks do they present? Are there better ways to increase teacher time?

Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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A version of this first appeared at Brilliant or Insane.

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Hack Learning with Voxer

How to Use Voxer for Amazing Teaching and Learning

Hack Learning with Voxer

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Voxer is a new app that is mobilizing professional development.

With Voxer, you can record your voice and share your recording with selected members of your network. Best of all, you can create special interest groups

Learn more about Voxer for professional development and feedback for learning and see a list of groups you can join at this Brilliant or Insane blog post.

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10 Fixes for Every School

Disclaimer: You won’t find 10 fixes for every school in this article. You will find a few, though; enough to whet your appetite for the first book in the Hack Learning Series–Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School (Times 10 Publications, 2015).

The idea for Hacking Education originated in a blog post I wrote and published at Brilliant or Insane, about solving three gigantic problems in education. Here is the beginning of that post:

There’s an amazing Voxer chat group called Talks with Teachers, composed of remarkable educators who converse about best education practices, technology integration, assessment and many other subjects. We recently discussed things that make teachers’ jobs difficult. The chat was not about principals, but upon further consideration, it occurred to me that school principals could easily solve most of these issues.

Granted, school principals and teachers often have different perspectives, based on the worlds they live in. Still, some of educators’ biggest problems have shockingly simple solutions.

This is a glimpse of the problems addressed in the B or I post:

Problem #1: faculty meetings

Your faculty meeting needs a makeover. After nearly 20 years and roughly 24,000 minutes of lost time, I realized that faculty meetings are a place where great ideas go to die. The average faculty meeting consists of lectures that teachers don’t need in the first place about information that won’t improve their methods. Does your faculty meeting resemble the picture above? Are you the woman with the phone? It’s okay; I won’t tell. Hey, I used text, tweet, read email or chat with a peer during faculty meetings, because I wanted to get back as many of those lost minutes as possible.

Problem #2: muting teachers

While many school principals might say faculty meetings or private meetings give teachers the opportunity to be heard, what typically happens, much like in the classroom, is the same people do all the talking in faculty meetings. As some shy students are uncomfortable with class and private discussions, there are also teachers who fear that they will look bad, if they speak in a staff meeting or in a principal’s office.

You can read the rest of the blog post at Brilliant or Insane.

A hot discussion on social media ensued, and someone suggested that there was a book in the mix. “There are more problems like these,” the enthusiastic teacher wrote.

Not long after that comment, author/educator Jennifer Gonzalez and I wrote Hacking Education, and the Hack Learning Series was born.