Had fun today. We watched a Hans Rosling video on poverty in my Year 8 class. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpKbO6O3O3M
It’s a great video and the students were certainly interested. I wanted a response from them afterwards and decided on the spot to let them ‘tweet’ their response. We first had a very interesting converstation about what Twitter is, who uses it (Turns out that two students are very active and experienced Tweeters) and what all the @ # and RT meant.
Then the students used http://www.lettercount.com/ to keep track of the amount of characters. Below is a selection of their ‘tweets’. The students really seemed to enjoy it. Continue reading
Interesting how 40% of tweeters only read. Understandable really. I think most Tweeters started as lurkers, I certainly did. My main drive when I tweet is sharing. I’m interested in what people share, and I want to give back. Continue reading
I have just completed my first year on Twitter. I signed up two years ago, but ‘lurked’ for a year because I just didn’t see the point. I thought it was for people tweeting about what they had for lunch. How wrong I was…. Through Twitter I have built up a fantasic PLN (Personal Learning Network). I have learnt more than I ever thought I would, found more interesting links, got new ideas for my teaching and met interesting people. This is certainly one of the best forms of Professional Development for me.
An archive of my live tweets is here: http://thinkedu.net/blog/twitter/
I co-wrote an article on the use of Twitter for History teachers.
#Edchat is a discussion conducted on Twitter twice each Tuesday. The educational topics are chosen from a poll posted each Sunday night. There may also be a guest speaker, usually an Educational Expert. There are two chats to accommodate the global time zones. The first chat is at 12 noon EST and the second is at 7PM EST. The Chats are scheduled for an hour, but often carry on longer. People enter and leave at will. All chats are archived and may be accessed at a later time. Continue reading
I have been on Twitter since April 2010. Before that time, I was like many other people: “Twitter, another outlet for vain people to let the world know they’ve bought a pair of shoes on sale…”
But now, after following many educators and tweeting about 5 or 6 messages a month, I have joined the other camp and now I can say: “Twitter has provided me with the best professional development ever” and “Twitter is the most important part of my #PLN (Personal Learning Network)” Continue reading