Twitter Used to Help Keep Learning Social. Example of Social Media Being Used While Not Enhancing the Learning Process. SOLON, Iowa - One eastern Iowa school district is trying something a little different, using social media to reach students outside normal school hours.
It's a new age controversy. Should teachers and their students be 'friends' and chat on social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter? It's a balancing act for school districts nationwide between what's teaching and what's inappropriate. Last week, the state of Missouri struck down a law banning teachers from all social media interaction with students. But one eastern Iowa district is embracing the technology. And You Thought it Could Not Be Done: Blogging in Math. Sometimes I am still amazed that not more Language Arts teachers have taken a good look at blogging.
It seems such a match made in heaven: giving students an authentic audience for their writing…incorporating modern skills of writing & reading in digital spaces… (hyperlinking, transmedia, research, etc.)platform designed for feedback It surprised me even more (in a good way), when I saw a Math teacher starting to take advantage of the primarily thought of “blogging is about writing- hence for a writing class” platform. The Math teacher instinctively understood that blogging is not just about writing. It is about “presenting” your work, your thoughts and products to a large audience FOR feedback.
In a previous blog post, Telling a Story with Data, you read about Laurel Janewicz‘ upgrade of her traditionally taught lesson of data analysis, graphing and misleading graphs. Blogs played a major role in the upgrade. The rubric for the blog post had included the following requirements: Integrating Instagram into Math Class. “When will we ever use this in real life?”
This is the common question that many teachers hear – and my 7th grade Pre-Algebra class is no exception. However, in my classroom, I put the ball back into the students’ court and challenge them to find the answer for me. As teachers, we know that students need to learn concepts as building blocks to more advanced concepts for their school career. But for students, that is a frustrating answer to hear. One of my answers to alleviate that frustration, and to also give students a deeper understanding of the concept, is to issue a challenge. The tool that connects the students’ work and provides an authentic audience is Instagram. In my classroom, I provide a number of ways for students to earn back points they may have lost on formal assessments throughout the year. The creator of the Instagram problem is given a full free homework submission which may, in some cases, make up for a missed/forgotten assignment.
Flipping a Math Classroom pg. 27. Math problems on Twitter? More teachers go high-tech in classroom - tribunedigital-orlandosentinel. August 22, 2010|By Sarah Lundy, Orlando Sentinel Lake Nona Middle School teacher Pam Guyton wasn't sure last year how her seventh-graders would respond to a class Twitter page for students and parents.
She started out slow, often "tweeting" an extra math problem after school or asking about the day's assignment. "I had no idea that it was going to take off the way it did," she said of the microblogging site. "They would respond to each other. They would answer the questions. … It was a place I learned that kids wanted the extra math. " Social Media in the Math Classroom.
This article describes a teachers use of Ning in the process of teaching math. This article highlights the opportunities students have to collaborate online with each other. – christopherhiggins
Facebook as an Instructional Tool in the Secondary Classroom: A Case Study by Stephanie Renee Hunter-Brown. Social Media's Unexpected Ability to Connect Highlighted by Teacher. Melissa Bour teaches sixth grade science and math, but it's her lesson on social media that's really striking a chord with children and their parents.
Alarmed by some of the images she saw on Facebook, Bour — who works at Emerson Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahoma — wanted to show her students how quickly photos and comments they post online can spread. "I noticed more and more pictures were showing up that were inappropriate," she told TODAY. The Role of Technology and Social Media in Mathematics Teaching and Learning « Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies. Introduction As a mathematics educator at Miami University, my primary mission is the preparation of future K-12 classroom teachers.
This article highlights the use of google docs to encourage online collaboration. There are links to examples of student work and teacher presentation of material. – christopherhiggins
As a former high school teacher, I can honestly tell you that public school teaching, although rewarding in many ways, is a most difficult job.
Besides knowing one’s content (mathematics, in my case), classroom teachers must be skilled marketers (try “selling” a teenager the importance of the quadratic formula!) , psychologists, counselors, mediators, and communication experts. In the text, Choosing Excellence, Merrow (2001) describes the world of classroom teachers as one that is simultaneously “rushed, crunched, and isolated” (p. 73). Most teachers work hard, most entered the profession for the right reasons, but their overall level of performance leaves something to be desired. I agree wholeheartedly with Merrow.