The second episode of TechTalk focuses on the use of Twitter in teaching and learning. This episode is our second look at a tool (Twitter) that many teachers try to use in their classrooms. The blog post from the first episode is available here.
This episode was primarily motivated by a written piece by some of our students in the IT&DML program. In a paper for one of our classes Cathy Bosco-Walker, Elizabeth Ferry, Sally Markiewicz, and Amy Paskov all thought deeply and responded to Twitter as a tool and possible literacy-based practices involved in the use of Twitter. For part of their assignment, Cathy, Elizabeth, Sally, and Amy had to review the following materials:
Look up #twitteracy on Twitter. Get an idea of who is posting and why.
Reading from NPR: Can Twitter Boost Literacy? – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=213500923
Reading from The Educational Forum: Twitteracy: Tweeting as a New Literacy Practice – http://www.kdp.org/publications/theeducationalforum/pdf/TEF764_Greenhow_Gleason%20(2).pdf
Reading from The Teaching Channel: Getting Started with Twitter in the Classroom – https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2013/06/20/twitter-in-the-classroom/
Video: Twitter has Place in Classroom (CNN) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w9CnaeaiAE
Video: Using Twitter Effectively in the Classroom (Alec Couros) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqSCR3HU4eg
After they reviewed the materials they completed a written reflection on Google Docs. What caught my eye from some of their responses included the following questions. Can you imagine encouraging a “back channel” in your classroom? How would composing tweets of 140 characters or less correlate with sustained reading? Is condensing thoughts into 140 concise characters a good practice in our “sound bite world”? The question that really struck me focused on whether or not you can be a “connected educator” without being on Twitter.
The video for this episode of TechTalk is below. You can view the TitanPad with the show notes here.
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