TEACHER, AUTHOR, EDUblogger "I want to (read and) write books that unblock the traffic jam in everyone's mind." ~J. Updike
In this weeks article review, 10 Ways Twitter has added value…,teacher and
blogger,Edna Sackson, carefully and with a splash of humor, lays out for the reader
why Twitter should be a part of the modern educators toolbox. Sackson uses
examples from her own experience, and from experiences shared by others, to
support her position on the issue.
All of Sackson’s points are very valid, and as I read through her points my mind
reeled with the plethora of possibilities in which this could present itself within the classroom.
For example, how about popping a “Twitter Quiz”? There may be a few, huhs? And,
reallys? But, I don’t believe that a teacher would hear as many moans and groans if
they popped this one on the students!
Or, how about attendance reminders? For students that are chronically late
or missing, Twitter can be the digital nagging mother. In addition, as mentioned in
last weeks session on Twitter, with hashtags (#), Twitter can be used for streaming
conversations, similar to how other tools are used for this purpose.
In fact, with cell phones being so accessible to this generation, it may be a quicker access tool than other tools of its ilk.
To follow this train of thought, depending on the demographics of the
class, you can use it as a paperless exit ticket. Most phones will now
allow you a screenshot of the twitter feed and bam! you now have documentation of the
feedback (or lack of it).
Now, let’s be real. In self-reflection, I needed to ask myself how often I would
actually use Twitter as a tool of this sort.
Let’s just say, in Twitter-speak (did I just make up a new word?), IDK (a.k.a. I don’t know).
But, think about it, what a great tool to have at your fingertips, even, if only just once in a while, to liven things up and keep the students engaged (for just a little bit longer).
They most certainly will not forget that pop quiz, will they?
And, if you think about it, Twitter isn’t valid just because it is an engaging novelty. Oh no!
At this time, even as your are reading this article, there are more educators than you can imagine, networking and sharing ideas, education articles, and technology innovations throughout the Twitter community.
According to Ian Jukes, in his article, 60 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom (2013),there are some schools that are using it as a “digital faculty lounge,” or for impromptu staff meetings. In this way, they are able to share ideas, collaborate on issues/solutions, and basically get things done in a more efficient and timely manner.
Lions and tigers and bears, Oh My!
Twitter and Facebook and YouTube,Oh my!
Just what are we going to do with all this? Or the question is, what are you going to do?
As educators, it is important for us to be a “River of Living Water.”
Flowing fresh,always learning and always sharing. I do not want to become the teacher that is like the stagnate and bitter (poisonous) water. A teacher that has no fresh water source,or outlet stream is not the water (teacher) from which our students can assuage their educational thirst; not if we want them to be healthy and successful.
But, we have to confess, many in the educational realm have become this way, haven’t they?
So, we have to reason, that perhaps this could be one of the reasons many from this generation have turned away from the water (learning/education) and reach for the pop (anything other than education/learning).
Just a thought.
Jukes,Ian. 60 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom By Category. Teach Thought.
June 18, 2013. Web Retrieved October 2013.
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I am an Educator, Award Winning Christian Author, Freelance Writer & Blogger,Youth mentor, Bible Teacher, and TREK AWANA director. Teaching provides an opportunity for me to engage in continual learning and growth on many levels. I work for my students not only to master the course material but to give them the indispensable advantage of having a growth mindset. This mindset has been stripped from many of our students; yet this is the undisputed secret ingredient for their success in the world outside of my classroom. I strive to be a globally connected educator. With my #LatinoEd #Edublog I seek (as J. Updike says) "to unblock the traffic jam" in the minds of my students and peers. In this way, long after they have left my classroom and they encounter a world that will try (and many times succeed) in knocking them down and telling them they "can't," they will bounce right back up, and with an intrinsic confidence say, "Watch me. Watch me make a difference!" It is then I will feel that I too have made a difference.