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How Does a Teacher Leader Use Social Media to Promote Collaborative Learning?
Author:  Ryan Kinser
Title/Position: Reading/Language Arts Teacher
Location of Exemplar:  Tampa, FLORIDA
Format:  article
The Exemplar will be most useful for: Becoming a Teacher Leader
Ryan Kinser, a sixth-grade reading and language arts teacher in Tampa, Florida, reflects on the nature of today’s digital learners and how using social media in the classroom can enhance learning. In the classroom, he engages his “iGeneration” students by using virtual book clubs to build excitement about technology.
To inspire other teacher leaders to consider integrating technology in this way, Kinser shares specific tips on how to create safe and valuable learning experiences that promote collaboration and literacy skills. Kinser’s suggestions encourage all teachers to experiment with social media in the classroom as a way to engage and connect with students.
Link to Exemplar:  http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2011/09/20/kinser_virtual.html?tkn=SXQFdnNZeD22ogqdx6ZG035TKqYtaPr
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