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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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Learning By Non-Example

Posted by magnethart on May 18, 2010

Originally posted by me on March 11, 2010 on my magnettech website.  It may be viewed here.

I came across this video today while perusing through my google reader feed where I follow several blogs from fellow educators and professional journals.  Sometimes I realize as an educator that it can be more convincing to teach by the non-example.  Here is a great non-example on how we should view technology in our classroom.

This video was downloaded from youtube using zamzar.com since youtube is blocked within the district.  You can access the original video here.  Thank you to Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) for posting this video in his blog and giving some great commentary.  Check out Wesley’s blog, Moving At the Speed of Creativity.

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Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

Posted by magnethart on May 18, 2010

Originally posted on March 1, 2010 by me on the magnettech website.  May be viewed here.

Taken in summary from Educational Origami

Most of you are familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy (figure 1).  Benjamin Bloom created what seems to be the corner stone of today’s educational principals.  His categorization of thinking skills into Lower Order (LOTS) and Higher Order (HOTS) has allowed teachers to better assess student mastery of a particular topic or subject area.

Fig. 1  Bloom’s Taxonomy

Bloom's Taxonomy

In the early 1990’s, Bloom’s Taxonomy was revised by two of his former students to reflect a simple change in using verbs rather than nouns to classify Lower Order and Higher Order thinking skills.  This was released as Bloom’s Revised  Taxonomy (Figure 2) in 2001.

Fig. 2  Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy

Bloom's Updated Taxonomy

The real question begins to rise when we think about how educational technology can be applied to Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.  In thinking about this information, I came across a great site called Educational Origami.  Here, the author goes into great detail about Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.  In his discussion, the focus is on how we can use technology to help students reach for higher order thinking skills.  It is important to look at Bloom’s under the new light of technology as we prepare students to enter into the workforce of the 21st Century.

Yet I almost feel like we have to take a “better late than never” attitude toward this idea of providing a 21st Century education to our students.  Haven’t we been in the 21st Century for the past 10 years?  Why are we just now taking the charge of teaching 21st Century skills to students who are in our schools?  And even at that, I visit teachers who still do not teach 21st Century skills to their students.  Whose job is it to teach teachers about the 21st Century skill our students need to be masters of by the time the graduate from our schools?

In what ways are you, the teacher, encouraging your students to develop 21st Century Skills such as electronic collaboration?  What limits you from going further in your own classrooms?

Just saw this on Twitter from @tomwhitby and @nashworld.  This is a flash version of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.

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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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