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David Spencer's Education Paragon is a free educational resource portal helping David Spencer's secondary school students, their parents and teaching colleagues with understanding, designing, applying and delivering assessment, curriculum, educational resources, evaluation and literacy skills accurately and effectively. This wiki features educational resources for Indigenous Aboriginal education, field trips for educators, law and justice education, music education and outdoor, environmental and experiential education. Since our web site launch on September 27, 2006, online site statistics and web rankings indicate there are currently 1,888 pages and 20,185,651 page views using 7.85 Gig of bandwidth per month. Pages are written, edited, published and hosted by Brampton, Ontario, Canada based educator David Spencer. On social media, you may find David as @DavidSpencerEdu on Twitter, as DavidSpencerdotca on and DavidSpencer on Prezi. Please send your accolades, feedback and resource suggestions to David Spencer. Share on social media with the hashtag #EducationParagon. Thank you for visiting. You may contact David Spencer here.

The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:

  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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Social Media

"Social media refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein define social media as "a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content." Source: Wikipedia contributors. "Social media." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 17 Feb. 2013. Web. 18 Feb. 2013 <>.

Social Media Resources

The following resources will help educators, parents and students use social media effectively.

  1. "How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School", by Steven Anderson (2012)
    Seven steps for bringing social media into the classroom are highlighted in this collaboration between Edutopia and Facebook. Download the PDF version.
  2. Making the Case for Social Media in Education
  3. Siphoning the Fumes of Teen Culture: How to Co-opt Students’ Favorite Social Media Tools by Todd Finley
  4. The good, bad and ugly of social media by Karl Quinn
  5. How to Help Students Use Social Media Effectively, by Andrew Marcinek (2010)
  6. How to Use Social-Networking Technology for Learning, by Fran Smith (2007)
  7. Examples Social Media Guidelines used by Schools
    a) Social Media Guidelines and Best Practices of Kimmel Farm Elementary School
    b) Suspected Bully/Cyberbully Reporting Form used by Kimmel Farm Elementary School

Setting Up Your Twitter Account

The following Twitter resources were compiled by @DavidSpencerEdu.

  1. Use a real photo of your face, not a dog, cat or building. See "Friending cats and following eggs: On social networks you ARE your photo" by David Meerman Scott @DMScott
  2. "Twitter: Getting Connected" by Jennifer Casa-Todd
  3. Twitter Troubleshooting Tips by Twitter Staff
  4. How to tweet your Facebook status updates to your Twitter account by Facebook staff
  5. 25 Twitter Bio Tips For Teachers by Terry Heick
  6. How to write a Twitter bio that’ll make you stand out as a journalist by Herbert Lowe
  7. How To Write A Follow-Worthy Twitter Bio In 4 Easy Steps
  8. How to Write a Useful Twitter Bio by Danielle Celmer
  9. 25 Twitter Tips For Students, Parents, And Teachers
  10. Create Twitter Cover Images For A Head-Turning Profile
  11. 7 Ways To Get More Out Of Twitter
  12. Help Twitter My account has been hacked by Twitter Support Staff
  13. Twitter for Teachers by George Couros.

Resources for Learning About Twitter

The following Twitter resources were compiled by @DavidSpencerEdu.

  1. What is social media ?
  2. A Visual Guide To Twitter For Beginners
  3. A visual history of Twitter
  4. Twitter Terms You Must Know
  5. Top 20 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom by David Sornberger @DavidSornberger
  6. Are you an educator new to Twitter? Request a mentor.
  7. Twitter for Educators
  8. Tweeters in Education
  9. Twitter Hashtags for Educators
  10. Complete Guide to Twitter Lingo
  11. Top 20 Twitip Twitter Tips by Lara Kulpa @larakulpa
  12. Twitter Abbreviations You Need To Know
  13. Successful Writing Tips for Twitter Users by by Shannon Steffen
  14. Create an online newspaper with your Twitter connections via
  15. How Educators Can Use Twitter to Grow Their PLN by Betty Ray
  16. "8 Ways to Tweet "Thank You"" and encourage your Twitter followers by Brent Peterson @InterviewAngel
  17. What are my Twitter statistics?
  18. How Influential Are You On Twitter?, Top users in Ontario, Top users in Canada Compare Yourself
  19. Social Media Marketing Kit from
  20. 28 Simple Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom
  21. 20 useful tools for Twitter users by Brian Lakeman on
  22. Best Practices for Using Twitter
  23. Twitter Glossary
  24. Finding & Following People on Twitter
  25. 30 Ways to Create Twitter Followers from Scratch by Katrina Padron @katrinapadron
  26. 5 Baby-Steps for Using Twitter to Begin a Personal Learning Network by J. Robinson
  27. Twitter Cheat Sheet by Jeff Dunn
  28. Twitter Guide Book – How To, Tips and Instructions by Mashable
  29. 7 Levels of Twitter Followers by Adrian Dayton.
  30. Steve Ladurantay's Twitter Rules by Steve Ladurantaye Media Reporter for the Globe & Mail
  31. 10 Tips and Tricks for Powerful Twitter Search
  32. 22 Effective Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom by Jeff Dunn
  33. Twitter Etiquette 101 by Vanessa Doctor
  34. Twitter for educators Slideshare by Jackson da Silva
  35. The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags In Education by TeachThought Staff
  36. 7 Essential Twitter Strategies for Businesses by Evan Seto on
  37. Pinterest Board about Twitter for Educators by Anibal Pacheco

Data About Twitter Accounts

The following Twitter resources were compiled by @DavidSpencerEdu.

  1. When did my friend and I join Twitter?
  2. What is my tweet rank? and
  3. Discover statistics about your Twitter account with
  4. Visit to see how your retweets being received on Twitter.

Impact of Twitter on Culture and Education

The following Twitter resources were compiled by @DavidSpencerEdu.

  1. Taking the pulse of the planet: How Twitter erases geography by Mathew Ingram
  2. Christian leaders outdoing celebs in Twitter interaction by Daniel Distant, The Christian Post 2012-06-05.
  3. The Future Starts Here by Tiffany Shlain video. They say the 5 people you hang around with most shape who you are. Tiffany explores how this applies to social media -- the people you follow shape who you are, and everything you post shapes others. So how do we flourish and grow in our hyper-connected world?

How to Use Twitter for Professional Learning

The following Twitter resources were compiled by @DavidSpencerEdu.

  1. 14 Reasons I Won’t Follow You On Twitter by @MegGuiseppi
  2. How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PL by @Betty Ray
  3. 6 Tricks to Maximize the Impact of Your Tweets by @Ally Greer
  4. The Marketer’s Guide to Twitter from
  5. Social Media: Never on Sunday? Why you should disconnect for one whole day per week. by @MegGuiseppi
  6. 7 Steps to Optimize Your Social Media Presence as an Educator by J. Robinson
  7. Create a social media content calendar for your school, educational group or organization. by
  8. Networking is not a part-time job! by Kylie Green
  9. 10 essential personal branding tips for Twitter by Carolyn Hyams
  10. Twitter for business: 18 things you should NOT do by Carolyn Hyams
  11. Twitter For Beginners: Basic Guidelines Before You Start by Vanessa Doctor
  12. When did my colleague join Twitter? This web site provides join dates and statistics.

How to Use Twitter Hashtags

The following Twitter resources were compiled by @DavidSpencerEdu.

  1. Quick Start Guide to Hashtags via
  2. The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags by Jeff Dunn
  3. 20 Twitter Hashtags Every Teacher Should Know About by Jeff Dunn
  4. A Must-Have Guide to Canadian Education #Hashtags