by Caitlin Tucker
"Last Thursday, my students engaged in a Listen Edition Blast. I love public radio and was super excited to try it out. “Blasts” are Twitter-like engagements limited to 140 characters. They invite students to participate in a larger conversation with other StudySync students to discuss real world issues or topics.
"I selected an public radio Listen Edition titled “Creep. Crawly. Dinner?” This Blast presented the question, “What do you think of insects as the next food craze?” which I thought would be a light hearted complement to our Lord of the Flies unit.
"My students began their Blast assignment, and my room erupted in the sound of crickets. I had 32 students with a hodgepodge of devices listening to a public radio clip about eating insects. Their eyes lit up when they heard the sounds and their noses wrinkled as they imagined dining on creepy crawly insects! It was fun to just observe their reactions. They respond instantly to media!"
Jim Lerman's insight:
Tucker comes up with so many creative ideas. It must be great to be a student in her classes.