Gaggle Speaks

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Written by Gaggle
on December 22, 2016

The most popular Gaggle Speaks blog posts this past year featured a wide range of edtech topics, including Pokémon Go, G Suite for Education, social media tips for administrators and educators and, of course, student online safety.

We compiled this list based on traffic to the Gaggle Speaks Blog and the number of shares each post received. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out the top Gaggle Speaks posts from 2016.

How Students’ Digital Footprints Can Affect Them Long After They Leave Your School

While conversations about online predators and cyberbullying are vital, students need always to be aware of what they do online and how their posts, photos and comments can impact them beyond their K-12 years. Here are some ways that students’ digital footprints can impact them long after they leave your school. (January 29, 2016) 

What Educators and Parents Should Know About Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is an excellent game for players of all ages. The downside of going out into the community is that people can be waiting to take advantage of unsuspecting victims unaware of their surroundings. Learn about the pros, cons and general tips for educators and parents. (July 13, 2016) 

"Teacher Books" to Read in 2016 for Fresh Strategies and Resources

Sifting through the abundance of available books on teaching strategies and resources can be a huge task, so we’ve done some of that work for you. Check out our list of the books we think every teacher should read this year for a little strategy refresh. (January 4, 2016) 

Why School Administrators Should Take an Interest in Twitter

While 140 characters can seem limited, there’s quite a bit of value in a Tweet. The timeliness of a quick post to Twitter is a useful way for just-in-time learning while hashtags make information more digestible. Here are four reasons why school administrators should take an interest in using Twitter. (January 13, 2016) 

G Suite for Education: What You Need to Know

Google has announced that it’s changing Google Apps for Education to G Suite for Education. This move is much more than a simple rebranding, however, in that many new features will be rolled out as a result of the transition. This post covers the most impactful changes for K-12 educators. (October 6, 2016) 

Goodbye 1996: Why Your School’s PDF Newsletter is Antiquated

Like paper-based school newsletters, PDF newsletters also went out of style quite some time ago. While not as old as a Members Only jacket, if you still create a PDF newsletter, you might want to start thinking about making a digital transformation. (January 15, 2016)

8 Top Influencers in Edtech

As new technology continues to emerge, the positive benefits it has in education expands to more people who share their unique insights and expertise. Here’s a list of leading edtech influencers. If you’re fortunate enough to get an opportunity to meet them in person, don’t pass up the chance. (June 21, 2016) 

The Best #Hashtags for School Administrators to Follow

Following hashtags is a useful (and easy) way to get involved in relevant conversations and to increase your personal brand. You can discover blog posts, news stories and commentary from your peers across the globe. Here are a few of the hashtags that we think school administrators should follow. (March 7, 2016) 

Flipping “Meet the Teacher Night”

How about flipping “Meet the Teacher Night?” Making a few changes to the way you’ve always conducted this time-honored school event can also give parents an example of what it means to flip a classroom. Here are just a few ideas to get more out of this special night. (April 7, 2016) 

3 Not-So-Obvious Ways Students Experience Cyberbullying

One of the best ways to combat cyberbullying is to have open conversations with your children and students. To help parents and teachers keep these conversations ongoing and relevant, here are some ways cyberbullying occurs that you might not know existed. (February 23, 2016) 

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