On Thursday, I joined my first Saskatchewan Education Chat on Twitter. It was a really great experience because it gave me the opportunity to consider a topic that I wouldn’t have otherwise (paperless classrooms), and chat with other professionals about it around the province! Afterwards, I made a lot of new connections with the people in the chat, including a vice principal in a rural school (maybe a job in my future?).
After reflection, I would say that the chat is a great way to get educators connected, and using Twitter to do it was actually really easy. I was surprised with how well I was able to stay up to date with the questions and comments, and I was really surprised how many responses I got on my comments! Today, days after the chat, I’m still getting comments and likes on my posts from the chat. It’s really great that people are keeping the conversation going! Below are two posts I made on Thursday night about technology in the classroom.
In general, I know that teachers have encouraged students before to use Twitter as part of their studies. I think that if I were to encourage the same, I’d make a hash-tag for the class that they can follow throughout the year, like we do for our University class, EDTC300. A hash-tag is like a tag for a post that keeps the post organized in categories of interest. We used the hash-tag #Saskedchat for our educational chat on Thursday night, feel free to follow along!
Teachers use Twitter for many reasons, according to the article here. If I made Twitter my database for due dates and class questions, my students would have lots of reason to use it. I believe in helping young adults create positive digital identities, and by using Twitter professionally I think we could accomplish this together. Students today would be growing up in the age of technology, and it’s a teacher’s job to guide them through it, for future employers and future goals.
Here’s a video of a teacher practically using twitter in the classroom:
The teacher argues that by only allowing 140 characters in responses, students feel less pressure to perfect their answers and focus on what’s important. This allows more students to share their voice in the end. I believe that this kind of method is what more teachers need to be aiming towards in regards to progressive education.
Before this class, my Twitter was a dead-zone. I had an account that I was keeping online in case I ever felt like being active in it again. But my community didn’t use the platform, so I had no reason to be on it! After learning how many educators use Twitter for sharing resources and connecting with each other, I am excited to start Tweeting again. I really liked Twitter when I used it previously and I love the creativity we can have with 140 characters. Check out my Twitter page here and follow along!