Monday, March 4, 2013

#Tagboard


Tagboard is a website that allows users to search for Hashtags from across multiple social media platforms.  With the use of services like Tweetdeck and Hootsuite which allow users to post to both Facebook and Twitter at the same time, hashtags are appearing in more social media services than just Twitter.  Through Tagboard, users can search for hashtags on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and App.net.  Other sites can be added in the future as well.

Once a users conducts their search, the results appear in a Pinterest style wall.  You can look at all the services or pick just one.  There is also a refresh available as new additions to the search are added.  Users can also sign in to their Twitter or Instagram from the site and post a tweet to the hashtag they are searching. By creating an account users can create their own Tagboard which will help track the search results.  Several hashtags have a corresponding link or website with more information.  When available, users can click directly to those websites.  Users can also share the Tagboard to various social media services and through email as well.

As more social media becomes a resource for students and teachers, a service like Tagboard can become an important addition to the classroom.  Tagboard could be another way for students and teachers to track their hashtags that they use for classrooms as well.

Wealth Inequality in America

The video below is starting to go viral as it portrays the current thoughts, ideals, and reality of Income Inequality in America.  The video does an excellent job of portraying this information through the use of charts and graphs.


Teachers across the subject matter could use this video in their classroom.  Ideally, it would be more beneficial in a social studies classroom, but English teachers could use the video as a writing prompt.  A good activity would be to take the same data and apply it to students in your classrooms in order to make it relevant to them.  History and Government teachers could use the video and use recent historical events that created this reality in America.  Sociology classes could develop a list of how it has impacted our country and ways those could be addressed.  Either way, it could be a valuable video to share with students, especially high school students, as this is the economy that they are graduating into.

See the video for yourself and draw your own conclusions.  I highly recommend that you use Safeshare.tv or embed the video in order to hide the comments related to this video.
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