June 25, 2017

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Social Media Day

Get your fingers and keyboards ready to play and post on June 30th for Social Media Day! Learn more about these reviewed resources to help students leverage the communication and sharing benefits social media can bring! 

Grades 6-12


View maps of sickness based on social media reports. This tool tracks cold, flu, allergy, depression, and more. Your location is found based on your Internet connection. Use a dropdown menu to track specific diseases. See our review for classroom ideas.

Grades K-12

Just Delete Me

Use this handy and simple tool to delete accounts that you no longer want to use. Find direct links to delete your accounts at numerous sites such as Amazon, Facebook, and more. Difficulty levels (for deleting the accounts) are color-coded.

Grades 7-12


Find some "good" in the news! This all news site focuses on the positive. You can contribute your own stories too. Find inspiring stories about heroes, entrepreneurs, pets, and more. Sign-up for a free account to save your favorite stories.

Get Connected with Social Media

Find 4 fabulous reviews of tools to stay connected using social media. 

Grades 5-12


Give all students a voice with TodaysMeet, a safe backchannel option. Participate in a live chat with people from around the world. Simply create your room and share the url. You can save the transcript. This tool is perfect for your shy students.

Grades 9-12


Connect and consolidate your social media tools. Browse "applets" for having social tools interact with each other. For example, send the iPad app of the week to your email. Create your own applets to fit your needs. Share this time-saver with students.

Grades 7-12


Chatzy offers a simple tool to create private chat rooms with no sign-up required! Provide your name, title, message, and participant's emails. Participants instantly receive an email with your message and a direct link to your chat room, quick and easy!

Grades 4-12

MashPlant Studio

Explore this digital classroom tool to create a safe, social learning environment for your class. You must get approved before you start to use this tool. View the site's video tutorials to get started. Read our review for classroom integration ideas.

Get Creative with Social Media

Use these 5 reviewed resources to create, collect, curate, and more!

Grades 7-12


Digg allows you to browse, read, and add your own stories. "Top Stories" are the most popular stories shared by others on the Internet. This site is ideal to get a snapshot of current news and stories. Share this social tool with students to explore.

Grades 8-12

Projeqt - Dynamic Presentations for a Real-Time World

Share engaging presentations using Projeqt. This presentation tool integrates various social media dynamics. Provide this site as an option for student projects. See our complete review for many ways to integrate this tool into your lessons.

Grades 4-12


Get your audience involved with Presentain! Create your free account and link to a Google Drive account. Participants can view your social media accounts through your profile to learn more about you and your presentation. See our review for more ideas.

Grades 4-12


Use this design tool for creating social media covers, flyers, websites, postcards, infographics, and more. Create an account and view tutorials to begin creating designs. You can use Gravit's pre-designed templates or start from a blank layout.

Grades K-12


Create, curate, and share with Wakelet. Save tweets, articles, videos, and more. Organize them into collections called "wakes." Select the layout and add a cover image and background. View our review for implementation ideas for your students.

This Week at TeachersFirst

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Register now for the SFL/TeachersFirst summer book study. It runs for 6 weeks in July and August. Click the link to get all the details about the book, requirements, and how to join the book study. PDUs are provided!

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