Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead.
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This TED talk, while not directly about using social media, further supports my belief that our school system needs to change. Our traditional system is not supporting the needs of 21st century earners. Not all parents or students though would be comfortable with this type of education Logan describes, nor is it a real possibility for most. So I think that my job, as an educator, is to try and make my classroom less traditional.
"The Internet provides a wealth of resources for teachers to use to facilitate student engagement. One of the most versatile is using Twitter in schools. Contrary to popular belief, Twitter is a lot more than celebrities plugging their latest projects. Here are just some of the uses Twitter can have as an educational tool..."
For me there was not a whole lot of new ideas in this article. However, for someone who is new to the concept digital literacies I think this article would be helpful in giving some very concrete ways to use this tool. I really love the idea of using it as grammar & vocab builder. It would be perfect for ESL students! It makes me miss my English classroom because I think there are a lot of powerful activities that could be done to check for understanding. For example, you could even have students tweet out their thesis statement & provide their peers with feedback-quickly!
What a helpful little article for those trying to create a PLN or facilitate one! I always feel overwhellmed by the sheer amount of content on twitter, and the number is digital tools. I want to tweet out to my students regularly, but I don't get on enough and then I feel like I tweet out in batches...which is probably annoying. This article, complete with infographic, helps explain how to manage this content overload. It also gives specific tools to use and a strategy. This is how I like my PD: quick, clear & easily applicable. I want something I can try immediately. And this I will!
I'm excited to be teaching a course in a few weeks for Wilkes University called “Sustaining Digital Literacy” as part of the new EDGE offering. Essentially this is a great way to quickly get yourself up to speed with emerging ...
On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, educators, students, teachers, parents, and leaders across the country will celebrate the innovation in teaching and learning that digital learning provides by pledging to try something innovative with technology to improve the learning experience. Nearly a half million students will participate as their teachers innovate and apply best practices in teaching and learning to provide a more engaging and personalized experience for students.
This was a great sort article about the benefits of using Twitter. I liked how the author discussed the concept of social justice. I am always trying to find a way to integrate this idea explicitly or implicitly in my classroom. Twitter and social media lends itself well. I used Twitter to do "#feedthedeed" and it was a great concept because it included Photography as a key element. I also like the idea of a space for play. In ECE we know how much is learned through play, why do we think it is less essential as we grow up? This is our teens' play space. It is a perfect culture to find common ground in.
Instagram has gone from a selfie platform to a storytelling platform overnight. It's quickly challenging the social media trifecta of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn through photo sharing in a mobile world.
Not the most earth shattering thing I have read but it makes me wonder if I have chosen the right platform. My course is Photography...maybe Instagram is a better fit. I'll have to check out the threading of discussions.
I loved this little infographic. It would be really useful for someone jut starting to use Twitter. It could really help them to build their brand and help them find useful knowledge on this vast network. I think it is important to talk to students about ho they brand themselves, especially online. I think this post is also effective in the "netiquette" or "grammar" of the site. I find that Twitter doesn't thread discussions in a way that is easy for me to understand. The hashtag helps me to group discussions together. It isn't perfect, but it certainly helps. And I definitely like to use them in my vernacular...ironically, of course! #toocool
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