The Twitter Experiment at UT Dallas Monica Rankin's Home Page Some general comments on the “Twitter Experiment” by Monica Rankin (UT Dallas) There has been a lot of interest in the “Twitter Experiment” video posted by Kim Smith chronicling my U.S. The class: I used twitter in the basic U.S. Most educators would agree that large classes set in the auditorium-style classrooms limit teaching options to lecture, lecture, and more lecture. The plan: With a 90-student survey I still needed to lecture in most classes in order to lay a foundation for more productive student participation. The set-up: Since I was new to twitter, I enlisted the help of Kim Smith, who is currently enrolled as a graduate student in the U.T. Following Kim’s suggestion, I gave the students special hash tags to use on all of their comments. The “discussions:” Overall, I was quite pleased with using twitter in the classroom for facilitating discussions. Our “best practices:” Limitations:Twitter is somewhat limiting. Strengths: Other Links: Story in U.S.
Collaborating and communicating with blogs – Teaching using Web Tools for Educators Reading before writing All my students write blogs. And all the student blogs are listed on my blog. You will find them to the right if you scroll down. I have used blogging with my students since I started blogging myself in 2008. The first year of blogging I had an average of 12 visits per day. Sherman Alexie (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Last year they all did great at their exam. Student blogs on Sherman Alexie’s book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Aurora Emilia Even Fredrikke Helene Herman Inger Marie Ingrid Julie Malene Markus Mia Mohamed Roman Fell free to click on any of these names and continue the conversation! Every time I plan my lessons I try to think about this “To what extent are our students using technology as a constructive medium to do things that no students could do before, to do things at a level of complexity that was not previously accessible to them? Like this: Like Loading... Categories: Did you know?
Twitter in the Classroom – Classroom Teacher Blog At the end of June, our Grade 8 Language Arts (English) classÂ experimented with using Twitter in the classroom. What is Twitter? Twitter is a social network like Facebook or MySpace. TheÂ homepage explains the following: Twitter is a service for friends, family, and coâ€“workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? Twitter is similar to instant messaging (i.e. Just like a text message on a cell phone, Twitter is designed for short messages (140 characters only.) We used Twitter in the classroom as a collaboration tool to deconstruct commercials viewed online. Why use Twitter in the Classroom Here are two reasons to bring Twitter into the classroom: 1) to examine twitter itself as part of media literacy, and 2) to use twitter as a collaborative tool: 1. Social networking (web 2.0) is changing the way the world communicates. 2. Twitter is a neat “little” collaboration tool. The Good (Plus) The Bad (Minus)
The Wired Campus - Professor Encourages Students to Pass Notes D Cole W. Camplese, director of education-technology services at Pennsylvania State University at University Park, prefers to teach in classrooms with two screens — one to project his slides, and another to project a Twitter stream of notes from students. He knows he is inviting distraction — after all, he’s essentially asking students to pass notes during class. But he argues that the additional layer of communication will make for richer class discussions. Mr. Back then, most of his students were unfamiliar with Twitter, the microblogging service that limits messages to 140 characters. Once students warmed to the idea that their professors actually wanted them to chat during class, students begin floating ideas or posting links to related materials, the professor says. Still, when Mr. He said he planned to try the technique again next time he teaches — hopefully with the second screen installed. Return to Top
iTeach Third: Using Social Media to Assess Learning Hey everyone! I am really excited to share with you all something I have recently started doing in my classroom that my students LOVE! Sometimes, I want a quick grade, something meaningful to put in stations, or an exit ticket...but.. I want my students to really enjoy doing it. This is a quick and easy way to informally assess their learning! Here is a couple of examples of some Instagram sheets we did about the Solar System. I also had my students blog about a hero they learned about in Social studies. This week I am going to give them the "Tweet about it" sheet to tell me about Area and Perimeter! You can grab the Instagram sheet for FREE here!! -AshleyTeach Create Motivate
Massachusetts high schools look to engage with social media Peter Lally, an 18-year-old Mansfield High student, reaches into his back pocket and pulls out his cellphone. As president of his school's chapter of the National Honor Society, vice president of the class of 2018 and a member of the cross country team, it might seem irresponsible for him to be wasting time scrolling through Twitter. But that is not the case. Once on his favorite social media site, he is able to post on the honor society's Facebook account to let members know of upcoming meetings. "I use Twitter for everything," Lally said. It has become common practice for students like Lally to use social media as a tool for learning and connecting. A 2017 study done by the Pew Research Center found that a whopping 67 percent of Americans get their daily dose of news and current events from updates found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other sites. When it comes to unblocking certain forms of social media, Watkins said, "Right now, we're not quite there yet." "Engage with it.
Professors experiment with Twitter as teaching tool Facebook may be the social medium of choice for college students, but the microblogging Web tool Twitter has found adherents among professors, many of whom are starting to experiment with it as a teaching device. People use Twitter to broadcast bite-sized messages or Web links and to read messages or links posted by others. It can be used as a source of news, to listen to what people in certain groups are talking about, or to communicate with experts or leaders in certain fields. Marquette University associate professor Gee Ekachai uses Twitter to discuss what she's teaching in class with students and connect them with experts in the field of advertising and public relations. Instructor Linda Menck, who also teaches at Marquette, encourages students to include social media as a strategy in marketing campaigns for clients. Twitter is helping these professors build community in their classes in a way that appeals to some members of a Facebook-addicted generation. Live tweeting More informal
Pinterest in the Classroom--For Students This week, I'm linking up with the Secondary Smorgasbord to talk about Pinterest in the classroom. Thanks to Darlene Anne Curren and Pamela Kranz for hosting! There are so many uses for Pinterest out there. I have a board for each subject that I teach and use them to plan units. I also have a board for outfits that I like and intend to copy (great for hunting deals). I also use it to plan meals during the hectic school year so that my family doesn't fall down the take-out rabbit hole (by the time I get to the pizza section, I'm too big to fall any further, and I just get stuck). So, Pinterest is very useful. Since not all of my students have equal internet access and rules in their home, I make this an extra credit opportunity. I make Pinterest an extension of that. The sixth pin is a link to their blog post reflecting on the five pins. Students are engaged and are creating actual social media about the class. There are so many possibilities with this. See you next Monday!