Personalized PD means that you “choose your own adventure” – these platforms are great to explore, but we don’t expect each one to be a perfect fit. This year’s conference is all about reigniting professional passion, so explore and play with those that you are interested in adopting for your own professional needs.
Below you will find a Digital Playground of resources and tools to explore. The goal is for you to look around, engage in play and begin to visualize how social media can help you learn, grow and share. Once you’ve had time to play, give our social media BINGO card a try! [located at the bottom of the page]
You will also find a list of app smashing tools that offer you more ways to be creative when posting and sharing via social media!
- Learn how to use Twitter with our Quick Tech by TM Twitter 101 Tutorial
- Fabulous Infographic with Librarian Twitter Chats (These are great for most educators!)
This list is very comprehensive and has chats listed by day of the week and time! Fun and easy to look at.
- 18 Education Twitter Chats Worth Your Time
This is a great article from ISTE about some very lively education Twitter chats that are worth participating in!
- 6 Tips to a Super Twitter Profile via Gwyneth Jones, Librarian Superstar
- Weekly Twitter Chat Times
This comprehensive Google Doc will help you get started with finding and choosing Twitter chats to participate in. The doc has a lot of information, so don’t be intimidated, just try a few chats on for size.
- Have Your Class Tweet Experts in the Field
This post is awesome and full of great ideas on how to utilize Twitter as a learning tool in the classroom.
- The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags
This is a great listing of educational hashtags in use on Twitter. Remember to use hashtags to make your tweets easier for others to find!
- 75 of the Coolest Librarians to Follow on Twitter
While this list is from 2013, it’s still a great place to get started with following movers and shakers in the library community.
The Wikispaces home of the weekly #EdTechChat Twitter chat.
The Wikispaces home of #TLChat (Teacher Librarian) Twitter chat that takes place on the second Monday of every month.
- TweetDeck Challenge from Quick Tech by TM & Sign up and get started! (you will need a Twitter account prior to setting up your TweetDeck)
- All About Instagram – School Library Journal
This is a great article with information on how to get started using this tool for advocacy in your library! Check the bottom for a FABULOUS list of library Instagram accounts to follow!
- Say YES! to a School Instagram! – Gwyneth Jones
Okay, so who doesn’t love Gwyneth Jones, the daring librarian!?! This is a great post about the power of using Instagram to connect with your patrons and to share the wonderful things going on in your library and school.
- Social Media and Libraries: 5 Quick Tips for Using Instagram – Wrapped Up in Books
This is a quick read that offers 5 very easy ways that Instagram can revive your library!
- Instagram 101 for Libraries – Smore
- 31 Days of Instagram Challenge – 5 Minute Librarian
This post is from 2015, but it is an AWESOME way to get started with using Instagram in your library. Not only does it offer 31 great ideas for posts, it helps to hold you accountable for actually getting used to using the tool!
- Snapchat and the School Library: A Love Story – Nikki Robertson
This is the GO-TO resource for using Snapchat in your library. Nikki outlines why it’s a great tool, how she uses it and offers tons of resources to teach you how to start creating your own snaps! If you’re interested in learning more about this tool, this is a must read!
- How to Use Snapchat for Readers’ Advisory – School Library Journal
- Snapchat! Let’s Figure It Out Together…. Add Your Snapchat & Ideas To The Padlets & Snapchat Librarians…Let’s Connect on Snapchat – Shannon Miller
These two resources are great ways to learn more about connecting with other librarians using Snapchat. There is also a Padlet you can view that offers crowd-sourced ideas for using this tool in school libraries!
- Libraries on Snapchat – Librarian Enumerations
EXTRAS! App Smashing Tools
- Pic Collage – Web | Android | iOS
- Chatterpix Kids – iOS
- YouTube Video Editor
- Use YouTube Video Editor – YouTube Support
This is a great support page that introduces the tools found in YouTube Video Editor and gives information on how to use each tool.
- Edit Vidoes Using the YouTube Video Editor – YouTube Help
This really quick (50 secs) video show you how to use the YouTube Video Editor.
- Use YouTube Video Editor – YouTube Support
- Green Screen
- Detailed instructions including set-up and the various uses of “green screen” effects
- Super examples, ideas & resources by NC librarian Renee Cunningham
- Top 10 Tips
- More fabulous ideas from Green Screen wizard Wesley Fryer
- Green Screen: That was Easy: Friend & Librarian Extraordinaire, Renee Cunningham, presented on Green Screen in her elementary school at a 2015 & 2016 NC School Library conference
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