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Tweet to Learn, Learn to tweet

Posted by magnethart on May 24, 2010

Students taking a computerized exam

A few months back, an article was posted by Edweek called “Twitter, YouTube Become Classroom Tools”.  Because of Edweeks agreement with the Associated Press, the article has since been removed.

Luckily, through a nice little Google search, I was able to find the article at WHAS11.com out of Kentucky.  After reading the part of the article about students writing a 140 character summary of their daily lesson and then posting it on their class twitter, I decided to sit down and put some directions together so that teachers in my own district could use this idea within their own classroom.  I really like the idea of parents being able to follow what is happening in their student’s classrooms.  If they subscribed to the feed, they can get the updates instantly.

Not only is this a great way to encourage parent communication in the classroom, it is a great learning tool for students.  It requires that students reflect on the days activities.  A form of 21st century metacognition.  Metacognition helps students realize what they have learned that day and gives them a quick summary to look back at when trying to recall information later on.  It also provides the teacher with a quick snapshot of what the students got from the lesson and whether or not they are reaching the objective that was intended.

I’ve included a link to the the directions I’ve created on using Twitter in the classroom in .pdf form.  If you would like a copy to edit, please comment or contact me on twitter and I will get one to you.

Tweet To Learn

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Taking a Journey Without Leaving the Classroom

Posted by magnethart on May 17, 2010

A recent article in T.H.E. Journal titled ‘A Virtal Ticket to Ride” has done a great job at showcasing how teachers can create an out-of-class experience without ever leaving the classroom.  In the example given, Traci Blazosky, an elementary teacher from Clarion Elementary School in northwest Pennsylvania uses two of my favorite web tools (Glogster EDU and Google Earth) together in a way that I hadn’t thought about.  
 
Check out the article for more info.  This will definitely be something I am going to incorporate into a training later on.  

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