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TeacherCast Podcast #79 “Student Literacy and Social Media” @TeachThought @tysonkimberly

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Jeff sits down with Terry Hieck and Kimberly Tyson to talk about student literacy and how we can help our children navigate through the 21st century.


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About Teach Thought

TeachThought’s mantra is simple: learn better.

Our mission is modest enough–to create a modern enlightenment that results in healthy communities and truly interdependent citizens.

We believe that this can happen much more simply than it’d seem. The secret is to change the way people think about learning. It’s possible more than ever to create learning spaces that are personalized, self-directed, social, and rigorous.

This requires new tools and models, but more importantly a paradigm shift in how people thinking of the learning process–and all people, not just educators. Because in the 21st century, we’re all educators.

And we all can learn better.


In pursuit, we’re starting small. Some blogging, some networking, and some curriculum for starters, followed up with a brick-and-mortar school, and an open-source school model that can be adapted to fit local needs.

Our pathway beyond that involves content, apps, and the kind of connectivity that can reach anyone on the planet at any given time—and in the process replacing consumption with production, and making it cool again to be smart.

What Makes TeachThought Different?

There are a lot of great blogs and organizations out there. What makes TeachThought unique is our macro view of the learning process, from culture and community to specific classroom practice.

TeachThought is a fluid platform that explores the best in learning innovation. We connect K-20 educators not only with resources and ideas, but modelsframeworks and curricula. Many blogs cover progressive education and trending topics, but TeachThought also seeks to support the implementation of innovative learning.

Featured Topics

  • Digital Literacy
  • Reading/Writing
  • Creating Assessments and a Curriculum around RRR
  • Digital Curriculums and Digital Curriculums
  • Learning how to navigate through media in the 21st Century
  • TeachThought.com
  • Progressive Learning
  • Social Media in the Classroom
  • Educational and Social Media Policies
  • What skills are needed for a high school diploma?
  • Helping students shape their own learning experience.


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Featured Guests

Terry Heick 150Terry Heick is Director of TeachThought. He is a former English teacher who became interested in evolving media forms as he studied the idea along with his students. This led to interest in digital literacy, project-based learning, personalized learning, and other progressive learning models and forms. He is now super-wicked interested in self-directed learning, and the role of play in the learning process. You can find him at his blog TeachThought.com, and on twitter,facebook, and most other social media platforms (though goodold-fashioned email still works).





Kimberly Tyson 150Kimberly Tyson is the founder and lead consultant at Learning Unlimited. As a frequent speaker at conferences and professional development sessions, she shares research-based strategies and easy-to-implement ideas and practical advice. Kimberly leads school and districtwide audits and is ready to help you be successful in assessing and reviewing literacy in your school or district.





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