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SEO and Digital Literacy in the Classroom

Over the past six months, I've been paying a lot more attention to the nuances of search engine optimization (SEO) when writing and reading blogs. It's one thing to write a lot, but actually making sure that your content ends up in front of right readers is essential. Many of these improvements have allowed our experience to become more personalized and anticipatory of our needs. Special techniques are required to fully optimize for indexing- skills that improve our writing in general. So the questions begs: what if we were to teach our students the intricacies of SEO as part of their writing activities in class? Quality Content Over and over, experts agree that blog writers should focus on creating high caliber content. With great material, questionable (black hat SEO) strategies are not necessary. In fact they are discouraged as often these techniques catch up to you […]

3 Ways To Build Ethical Development Using Social Media

Social media has developed into a central theme in our lives today, so much so that news breaks on Twitter, political campaigns are organized on Facebook and companies are advertising on Instagram. Many people spend large amounts of time on these networks yet very little time is spent teaching people, especially students, how these platforms can be used to their fullest. This avoidance is starkly contrasted by the statistics of internet- and specifically social media use by teens. How can we develop these skills for our students? How can we help them to improve the quality of their interactions towards the goal of creating ethical and compassionate communities online?   Discourse- Taking in and understanding another person’s perspective is a very challenging aspect of the human experience. It is a skill, however, that is absolutely necessary for success in virtually every venue of life- from family […]

The Bammy Awards And Community

Over the past few weeks I've been inspired by reading through the many nomination pages on the Bammy Awards website. This annual celebration of “all that is good in education” is more than trophies and accolades- it represents an opportunity to recognize the incredible work that is taking place in classrooms across the country and around the world on a daily basis. It is humbling to receive a nomination for the Bammy Awards since teachers often work in isolation, and hardly have the fortune of someone telling them they are doing a good job. Thats what is so awesome about the Bammy's. What Are The Bammy Awards? Characteristics that nominees exhibit center around being a modern, connected educator. They include being: Collaborative Effective Proactive 21st Century Role Model What is so special about this event is that according to Errol St. Clair Smith, Executive producer of […]