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Using Twitter to Reinforce Classroom Concepts

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E Burgis's comment, February 19, 2014 10:03 AM
This short article gives good evidence for using Twitter to reinforce key concepts from class. Essentially, students subscribed to one of two Twitter feeds from their course. One feed gave a daily Tweet reinforcing key concepts from class, a lot like bold text in a textbook. Students who received and viewed these tweets outperformed the other group on tests. To me this shows me that through a really simple action and less than 140 characters a day we can support student achievement. I'd be curious to read more about this. I wonder what other factors were involved, like study habits. As an educator I want my students to take responsibility for their learning. I wonder how it would change if students had to tweet out main concepts?
E Burgis's comment, February 19, 2014 10:03 AM
This short article gives good evidence for using Twitter to reinforce key concepts from class. Essentially, students subscribed to one of two Twitter feeds from their course. One feed gave a daily Tweet reinforcing key concepts from class, a lot like bold text in a textbook. Students who received and viewed these tweets outperformed the other group on tests. To me this shows me that through a really simple action and less than 140 characters a day we can support student achievement. I'd be curious to read more about this. I wonder what other factors were involved, like study habits. As an educator I want my students to take responsibility for their learning. I wonder how it would change if students had to tweet out main concepts?
E Burgis's comment, February 19, 2014 10:04 AM
For my photography class I will probably use my twitter account to share some key ideas. There is a lot of content and a lot of learning. It might be good to tweet out a key idea (not every day) to remind students. They still have to read & apply it, but I can put it out there.
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This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education

This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education | Digital Literacies: Social Networking in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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. 

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A Great Resource Sheet on How to Grow Your PLN on Twitter

A Great Resource Sheet on How to Grow Your PLN on Twitter | Digital Literacies: Social Networking in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Below is Another awesome resource on how to create and grow your personal learning network using Twitter. This handy resource sheet is created by the folks in Rossier school of education and is...

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E Burgis's comment, February 19, 2014 10:18 AM
A great infographic to help new users to Twitter. I didn't know about Edchat and this is something I think I would like to get engaged with. Right now, my time is full, but it offers a good way to expand my learning. I talked to my students about this idea of a PLN. To me, this is what Twitter is good for. I don't care if someone just ate fish tacos...but I do care if someone is sharing new ideas about learning.
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Social Networking: Growing my PLN on Twitter

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Using Twitter in School: 4 Ways Students and Teachers Can Connect With the World

Using Twitter in School: 4 Ways Students and Teachers Can Connect With the World | Digital Literacies: Social Networking in the Classroom | Scoop.it

"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..."


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Jessie Rouse's curator insight, November 3, 2013 12:04 AM

Great ways to use Twitter in the classroom. I especially like the use of hastags for current events.  Having students write about current events is cross curricular which is always great.  

E Burgis's comment, February 19, 2014 10:21 AM
Cuurently I'm usng the fourth approach in my classroom. The idea of extending our classroom. So far it has been the easiest for me. My course is digital photography so students can share their images and take more images. We can also engage in photographic analysis. I'm hoping to start some backchanneling when we are working more, but right now we are having issues with suspended accounts. I think the idea of research is potentially very powerful. I think i can integrate this into my final project where they create an original series inspired by another artist. ....Food for thought..
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20 Ways High Schools Are Using Twitter In The Classroom

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A great list of possible uses.


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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!
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Jessie Rouse's curator insight, November 3, 2013 12:01 AM

A great list of uses for Twitter in a High School setting.  Could be adapted to Middle School as well.

S. Johnson's curator insight, February 23, 2014 3:53 PM

Foreign language teachers, check out #20 on this list. It offers a couple of ways to use Twitter in language classrooms.

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Using Twitter for Curated Academic Content

Using Twitter for Curated Academic Content | Digital Literacies: Social Networking in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The job of the humanities academic has always been to absorb large amounts of content, evaluate it, synthesize it, and portray the results in a way that will be relevant and engaging to an audience...

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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!
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Vance Stevens's curator insight, January 18, 2013 1:47 AM

My workflow is a bit different from the one suggested here.  I was checking http://paper.li/tag/evomlit and I saw from the Twitter feed there that Vanessa Vaile had highly recommended this post, so I read it and scooped it.

 

In this post, Allan Johnson explain how he applies the rule of 30% "chatter" in his Twitter feeds and 70% "content" by using "a good RSS reader, a read-it-later app, a tweet scheduling app, and a tweeting time calculator." With these tools he filters his always-on tweet stream into stuff he can read in two minutes but "pocket" items requiring deeper reading to a set time on Sunday devoted to that. He then uses a tool to know when his PLN is most active to activate another tool to schedule delivery of his tweets on "content" at optimal times throughout the week. Johnson illustrates his workflow with clear diagrams and says, regarding these tools, "I like the ones that I use precisely because of their elegant and seamless integration.  With this set up in place, it means that I have plenty of time to do what no app ever can: thinking about the ideas I have found." 

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How to Nurture Leads from Twitter

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In social, getting the first click is the easy part. Maturing that initial interest into meaningful engagement is tough, but valuable. See how Twitter Lead Gen card acquisitions can be nurtured.

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Sustaining Digital Literacy | Ideas and Thoughts

Sustaining Digital Literacy | Ideas and Thoughts | Digital Literacies: Social Networking in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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 ...
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How To Use Snapchat - YouTube

Update:::::: Newer Snapchat video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWFY3-7anSU Finally there is a good video out there for those of you who want a clear...
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E Burgis's comment, February 19, 2014 10:09 AM
I'm, what i like to think of as, a hesitant adopter. I like to watch a tool for a while and see how it is being used. This video is straight forward into how to operate the technology but I don't really see how I would use it. That doesn't mean it doesn't have a use. I learn by doing so I'm going to have to join and share. I also like to learn from others. My students have been talking about SnapChat so once we get settled in to the semester I'll ask them to show me. I can see its appeal...I'm just not sure yet if it is the right forum for what I want to achieve.
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How (And Why) To Try Twitter Teams In School - Edudemic

How (And Why) To Try Twitter Teams In School - Edudemic | Digital Literacies: Social Networking in the Classroom | Scoop.it
If you're looking for a new way to connect with your colleagues or students, it's time to check out Twitter Teams.

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E Burgis's comment, February 19, 2014 10:15 AM
This article best applies to administrators but I think we can cross over the underlying idea into our own classroom. The authors writes, "Twitter can open up the doors of classrooms and offices and serve as a window into what really matters in schools–students engaged in learning." Currently my classroom has a Twitter feed that students are following and responding to. It is new and we are still working out the problems. My VP is also following us. Initially I invited her because I am being evaluated and I want her to have a holistic view of my class, but I like that she gets to see into my classroom. In high school admin so rarely vists us. They so rarely get to see the students at work. This is her chance. One thing I am considering is inviting parents...but I wonder how that might change the type of participation amongst my students. The purpose is to extend our classroom activities. It isn't an information/reminder feed. It is a dialogue. Will knowing their parents are watching silence it?
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Engaging Parents In School… » This Week’s #PTchat On Twitter

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http://digitallearningday.org/

 

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.

 

 


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http://digitallearningday.org/

 

 

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.

Jessie Rouse's curator insight, November 3, 2013 12:05 AM
This is really awesome! #PTChat was one of the chats I visited during one of our lessons where we had to do PD on Twitter. It was very interesting to see an article about it. This article focuses on bringing teaching and learning to the digital world.
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Using Twitter in High School Classrooms

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Bill Ferriter discusses several ways that teachers can use Twitter in classrooms to encourage reflection and conversation among their students.

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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.
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Instagram and 2014 Predictions

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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.

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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.
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4 Things To Never Tweet [TWITTER TIPS] - AllTwitter

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4 Things To Never Tweet [TWITTER TIPS]

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E Burgis's comment, February 19, 2014 10:25 AM
GREAT ADVICE. To me, Twitter's power is in connecting and sharing meaning ideas, creating PLNs. These four tips should really be part of the user agreement (okay...not actually), but I think if we all applied this we could shift the way this network is used. I'm going to Tweet this to me students and see what they would add. There is nothing worse than the person who overshares mundane ideas and activities. Twitter should not be an exercise in narcissism but rather one in learning.
E Burgis's comment, February 19, 2014 10:25 AM
GREAT ADVICE. To me, Twitter's power is in connecting and sharing meaning ideas, creating PLNs. These four tips should really be part of the user agreement (okay...not actually), but I think if we all applied this we could shift the way this network is used. I'm going to Tweet this to me students and see what they would add. There is nothing worse than the person who overshares mundane ideas and activities. Twitter should not be an exercise in narcissism but rather one in learning.
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The Power Of The #Hashtag

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The Power Of The #Hashtag [INFOGRAPHIC]

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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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